By Ana Braccialli
Women’s Cross Country
Women’s cross country concluded their regular season in sixth place at the Rock Pre-Nationals race in Pittsburgh on Oct. 20.
Zoe Jarvis, sophomore, finished up in the 10th place overall, with a time of 23:42. Followed by her, Shannon Sweeney, graduate, ended in 34th with a time of 23:42. Only ten seconds after, Sydney Rhodes, sophomore, crossed the finish line in 37th place.
The women’s cross country will be back on Nov. 3rd for the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Championship.
Men’s Cross Country
The UT men’s cross country team traveled to the Bobcat Invitational, located in Milledgeville, Georgia, and finished in fifth place overall in its final regular-season event.
Tyler Roberts, junior, completed the 8K race in 12th with a time of 25:38. Following him by only three seconds, Trevor Kattenberg, sophomore, finished up in 14th place. In third place for the Spartans, Sam Schaeffer, junior, ended up in 24th overall, with a time of 25:18.
The Spartans will be back for their postseason race on the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Championship on Nov. 3.
vs. Florida Tech
During the first half, the Spartans offense came alive late as Libby Wissman, junior, kicked a 20 yard chip into the net and led the score 1-0 in the 42nd minute.
The second half Florida tech tied with the Spartans in the 61st minute when the Panthers pocked the ball past Megan Bromwell, sophomore. The second goal for FIT was at the 79th minute when the Panthers got a penalty kick and cashed in another goal. The game ended up 2-1 FIT.
vs. St Leo
During the first half, Tampa was awarded a free kick at mid-field in the 27th minute. Nastasia Asgedom, senior, dribbled two defenders and threaded the ball to the door of Emily Cady, junior, who slotted a shot across the face of the goalkeeper and into the lower right corner.
In the second half, Tampa applied more pressure and Cady finished her hat trick with goals in the 53rd and 62nd minute. Libby Wissman, junior, and Asgedom were who assisted both goals.
Women’s soccer team will be hosting the first round of the SSC tournament on Oct. 28 and the opponent is yet to be determined.
vs. Florida Tech
During the first half, Ramzi Toure, senior defender, and Toni Soler, senior midfielder, were both charged with yellow cards. Juancho Fernandez, junior forward, scored his sixth goal of the season in the 36th minute.
In the second half, the Panthers put more pressure and tied the score in the 59th minute. In the 73rd minute, FIT registered another goal, which put them in the lead. However, Till Neumann, sophomore forward, brought the match to even in the 79th minute with a phenomenal bicycle kick.
During the overtime none of the teams got to score a goal, leaving the game tied 2-2.
Tampa took the top spot in the 200 Medley Relay to begin men’s action as Luke Hene, junior, Jared Fitzgerald, sophomore, Andre Richardson, junior, and Aaron James, sophomore, were timed at 1:31.90.
Cameron Newton, junior, was first in the 200 Free as he clocked in at 1:42.29. In the 100 Back, Hene was the first to finish as he stopped at 51.58. Brett Saunders, sophomore, was second in the race with a time of 52.48. Hene would later take first in the 200 Back with a time of 1:51.50.
The Spartans will be back on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at home.
The Spartans won the 200 Medley Relay to start the meet. The team of Hana van Loock, sophomore, Elizaveta Bazarova, sophomore, Molly O’Hara, sophomore, and Megan Waddell, junior, won in 1:46.15.
Bazarova championed the 100 Breast in 1:04.37. The Spartans took the top-three spots as Anja Oca, freshman, (1:06.85) and Ali Lombardi, senior, (1:08.06) followed the freshman. Bazarova would also win the 100 Free in 52.85 ahead of teammate Cat Sterlacci, freshman, at 53.67.
Courtney Sherwood, freshman, was the first-place finisher in the 200 Fly with a time of 2:05.64. Sherwood also won the 400 IM with a time of 4:34.73.
The Spartans will welcome SSC rival Florida Southern College on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at home.
Ana Braccialli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org