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Blue Devil Tierney to attend US23 national rowing team selection camp

Duke sophomore Shannon Tierney has been chosen to take part in the Women’s U23 National Team Selection Camp. The camp will be overseen by Duke head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno in Princeton Junction, N.J., starting June 5.

At Sunday’s ACC Championship, Tierney earned Second Team All-ACC accolades. She has been a member of the V8 for every race this spring, helping the boat to a title at the Carolina Cup and a third-place finish at the Clemson Invite. Following the Carolina Cup win, the boat was tabbed the ACC Crew of the Week for its performance. The boat clocked its best time of 6:19.405 at the Longhorn Invite, where it took third to Iowa and San Diego.

As a freshman, Tierney was a key member of the 2V8 throughout the season. She was a member of the ACC Crew of the Week after the 2V8 won its Carolina Cup race in 6:37.6, the second-fastest mark in Duke history.

The selection camp will determine the U.S. group for the U23 World Championships, which will take place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, July 19-23.

Men’s Golf

N.C. State: Led by a three-under-par score of 68 from senior Jacob McBride, the Wolfpack completed a strong first day of action at the 2017 NCAA Austin Regional on Monday.

Through one round of play at the University of Texas Golf Club, the Pack is tied for fourth in the field of 14 teams with a combined score of 290 (+6).

McBride recorded a bogey on his first hole of the day but responded impressively, carding a birdie on the next and finishing the final 16 holes of the round with three birdies and 13 pars.

Golfers will tee off from hole one between 8:20 and 9:04 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday.

The Wolfpack will be paired with competitors from Arizona State and Iowa State.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons opened play at the NCAA Austin Regional with a 10-over 294 and are tied for eighth place after the opening day.

The top five teams at the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Demon Deacons are four shots out of a three-way tie for fourth place with two rounds remaining.

The tournament continues Tuesday and concludes Wednesday.

Campbell: The rough lived up to its name Monday in the opening round of the NCAA West Lafayette men’s golf regional championship.

Seeded 11th, the Camels finished the day at 18-over-par 306, almost 18 strokes over their season average, and will need to make up 12 shots over the last 36 holes to advance on the par-72, 7411-yard Kampen layout.

The team led the field in par-3 scoring as all five Camels played those layouts even. However, CU was 16-over on the par-four holes and plus-9 on the par fives. The Camels will be paired with Richmond and Colorado for Tuesday’s second round and will start from the 10th tee at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday’s final round begins at 7:30 a.m.

ECU: Pirate junior Tim Conover carded an opening round 3-over-par 75 during first-round action in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf College Grove Regional and is currently tied for 40th place. The three-day event is being held at the par-72, 7,383-yard Grove Club.

Conover opened play with a 4-over-par 40 on the front nine with five bogeys and one birdie. He then slashed five strokes off his score by shooting 1-under-par on the back nine, sinking three birdie putts while registering two bogeys.

Second round action begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday with Conover teeing off from the 10th hole at 10:01 a.m.


Duke: Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Blue Devils welcome Liberty to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the second game of a home-and-home series.

The Blue Devils (26-25, 10-16 ACC) went 3-2 this past week, including an ACC series victory against Georgia Tech at Jack Coombs Field. Sophomore shortstop Zack Kone is the team’s hottest hitter of late, batting a team-best .395 with 10 runs and seven RBI the past 10 contests. Sophomore center fielder Kennie Taylor brings a nine-game hit streak into the week as well.

The Blue Devils will conclude the regular season May 18-20 at North Carolina.

Wake Forest: Demon Deacon Bruce Steel has been voted an ACC Baseball Co-Player of the Week.

In five games last week Steel drove in nine runs and had five extra-base hits to lead the Demon Deacons as they won a series over Florida State in Tallahassee for the first time since 1993.

The redshirt sophomore recorded his first-career multi-homer game and set a career-high with five RBIs in Sunday’s series finale against the Seminoles, as the Deacs tied a program record with their 17th ACC win on the season. The shortstop has now gone 24 straight games without an error.

Campbell: The Camels head to East Carolina on Tuesday for their final midweek outing of 2017. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville.

Earlier this season, ECU, then ranked No. 18 nationally, claimed a 10-0 win over the Camels in Buies Creek. The Pirates round out the regular season May 18-20, hosting Longwood in a Big South series.

Elon: For the third time this season, right-handed pitcher Kyle Brnovich has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Rookie of the Week. He also earned the honor April 3 and April 10.

Brnovich improved to 6-4 on the year after surrendering three runs on six hits over eight innings in the Phoenix’ 5-3 victory over first-place UNCW on Sunday. The Milton, Ga., native fanned 10, which marked his second double-digit strikeout game of the season. Brnovich tied the team’s NCAA Division I freshman record for wins in a season with the victory. He has now struck out 94 hitters in 81.2 innings this season, the 10th-highest strikeout total in a year in program history and just two Ks shy of matching the program’s NCAA Division I freshman record.


Campbell: The Camels have accepted an invitation to the National Invitational Softball Championships.

The team has been placed in the Lynchburg regional, hosted by conference-foe Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., May 16-18. Teams joining the Camels at the regional include Liberty, Ohio, UNCW and Iona.


Duke: Blue Devil redshirt senior cornerback Bryon Fields Jr. has earned a place on the 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, according to an announcement by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

Fields is one of 42 student-athlete nominees for the 14th annual trophy, which honors the top defensive player in college football who makes the biggest impact for his team, both on and off the field.

Fields is the lone returning starter in the team’s secondary after finishing the 2016 campaign with 30 tackles, two interceptions, six pass breakups, eight passes defended and two caused fumbles. In 39 career games, he has compiled 142 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one sack, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, two caused fumbles and 14 pass breakups.

Women’s Basketball

Duke: Head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced Monday the signing of graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos. Davalos will transfer from Fresno State, where she played the past three seasons, and will have one year of eligibility as a Blue Devil in 2017-18.

Davalos will graduate from Fresno State May 20 with a degree in business administration. She was a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and will enroll in the master’s degree program in management studies at the Duke Fuqua School of Business in July.

Track & Field

Shaw: Senior Destinee Williams registered an NCAA qualifying mark with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles to highlight action for the Lady Bears Sunday at the Aggie Last Chance Meet hosted by N.C. A&T State University.

Willaims lowered her preliminary time with a 13.74 in the event, which gives her the 12th-fastest time in the nation this year. She will be the first student-athlete at Shaw University to make it to the NCAA Division II National Championships since 2015 and the first female student-athlete for outdoor competition since 2002.

The 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships will be held May 25-27 in Bradenton, Fla.

St. Augustine: On Sunday, Tia-Adana Belle won the women’s 100-meter hurdles as the Falcons recorded eight NCAA qualifying times and marks at the Aggie Last Chance outdoor track and field meet in Greensboro.

Belle crossed the finish line first in 13.61 seconds. Her time was one of seven provisional qualifying times and marks for the team at the meet. Omar Johnson ran an automatic qualifying time of 46.38 to place second in the men’s 400-meter dash.

The meet concluded the regular season for the Falcons and Lady Falcons. They will await the release of the official qualifiers this week for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, which will be held May 25-27 in Bradenton, Fla. The Falcons are the four-time defending men’s national champions.


N.C. State: Former Wolfpack All-American Nick Gwiazdowski will return to his home state of New York, wrestling for Team USA as it takes on Japan at the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit on Wednesday in Times Square.

Gwiazdowski will be representing the Wolfpack Olympic Regional Training Center and will compete for Team USA at 125 kg. He will wrestle Japan’s Katsutoshi Kanazawa. Action starts at 6 p.m.

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