Women’s Sports

Tough Day for Rowing at Big Ten Championships

The women’s rowing Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. were rough for the Spartans, as MSU came home with only one boat taking away a medal, finishing in fifth place at the regatta on the Eagle Creek Reservoir.

MSU’s fourth-seeded varsity four took third place to win the only medal of the day while the fifth-seeded varsity eight finished fifth.

Though it was a rough day for MSU collectively, a few Spartans managed to take home individual awards.

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An Unknown Dream Becomes Reality

Once high school comes to an end, most athletes hang up their cleats alongside any dreams of playing on the grand stage of a collegiate World Series.

The 13 players of the Michigan State club softball team took that dusty dream and made it their reality for the second consecutive year.

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Progress Made and Lessons Learned for Track and Field

The way head track and field head coach Walt Drenth sees it, having a presence is better than none at all.

The Spartans ended their weekend at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship with a total of 10 medals and lessons learned. The women finished sixth with a total of 85 points and the men finished 11th with 37.

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Spartans Looking to Fill Gaps at Big Ten Outdoor Championship

Spartan track and field is heading to Indiana to show the Big Ten the progress they have made in the short months, since the conference last convened in early March.

After an arguably more successful, but scattered, outdoor season than indoor season, the team is looking to fill the gaps they left open and have since filled since the Indoor Championship.

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Secret Society – #12 – 5/7/14

While most MSU students are wrapping up their school year, some club sports are just getting started. This week’s guests are all about swimming, biking and running.

On the 12th installment of the Impact Sports Club Sports podcast, Secret Society host Bradley Allen met up with Josh Isaacson and Santiago Arrangoiz of Michigan State Triathlon.

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Women’s Golf Makes Nationals for Third Consecutive Year

The Michigan State Spartans women’s golf team will be going to the National Championships for the third consecutive year under head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.

The Spartans were in control of their finish from the start, as they started the tournament posting their best mark of any day, a 291 three-over-par, and were in fifth place as the day concluded.

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Track and Field Create Momentum over the Weekend

The word “momentum” has been the key word lately for Michigan State track and field.

With one last major meet before the Big Ten Outdoor Championship, the athletes were hoping for a good outcome to surge them into a good place in the rankings.

At the Dave Rankin Invitational hosted by Purdue this weekend, the team had the opportunity to race against Big Ten teams such as Ohio State and Purdue giving MSU a taste of the competition to come. MSU proved that certain events were no longer a work in progress. Read More…

Northwestern Sweeps Softball in Final Big Ten Weekend

In the final weekend of Big Ten conference play, the Northwestern Wildcats swept the Spartans.

Coming into the three-game series, the Wildcats were on a four-game losing streak before the Spartans came to town. This streak came to a stifling end, with the 8-0 victory the ‘Cats had over MSU on May 2, the first game of the series.

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Track and Field Racing Together for the First Time in a Month

After a month of competing separately, Spartan track and field is back together again.

The team will be competing at the site of the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championship in Bloomington, Ind. for the Billy Hayes Invitational.

“I think spending some time together is important to get reconnected, get a better sense of team,” said head coach Walt Drenth. “The other advantages of going down to Purdue, is that they are the hosts of the conference meet.” Read More…

Women’s Golf Wins Big Ten Championship

The Michigan State women’s golf team won the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, April 27 in French Lick, Ind.

The Spartans split the Championship with Big Ten foe Ohio State, as the teams each shot a 31-over-par 895. This marks the third time in four years the Spartans will be taking home the hardware, and that speaks to the consistency of the program under head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.

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Secret Society – #11 – 4/30/14

Moose is back on Secret Society!

Fellow Impact Sports multimedia journalist, Romero Hardy, sat in on the podcast with host Bradley Allen to talk with the women’s ultimate frisbee club.

The hosts discovered the teammates their favorite extracurricular activities, and the relationships they have developed through ultimate frisbee.

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Softball Celebrates Senior Day at Secchia

The senior Lady Spartans took the field at Secchia Stadium for their final time on Sunday. The five seniors, four players and Bryan Rourke, four-year student manager,were joined by their family members on the field to be honored for their contribution to the program over their collegiate years. The seniors gathered with their family members to create an unforgettable moment singing the fight song together for the final time on their home field.

Senior, Emma Fernandez was escorted on the back of her brother with her parents at her side with the goal to make sure the day was fun rather than something to be upset about.

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Softball Falls to No. 19 Cornhuskers

With a scoreless game until the top of the fifth, the Spartans held their own against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as MSU lost 2-0 on Friday at Secchia Stadium.

Freshman pitcher Valerie Kaff threw her 10th complete game of the season, scattering five hits.

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Spartans Head South for Race against Virginia

With their season coming to a close, the Michigan State women’s rowing team will head to Charlottesville, Va. for races against the No. 5 Cavaliers and the Duke Blue Devils.

MSU had a strong showing at their last outing at Clemson. And for their efforts, they now sit just eight points out of the No. 20 spot in the NCAA polls. While the Spartans did not do so well against Virginia in their first race of the season, MSU has gotten better and has proven that they can compete with ranked teams.

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Track and Field Looking to Keep Their Momentum This Weekend

The school year may be quickly coming to a close, but Michigan State track and field athletes are just getting started.

For the third weekend in a row, the team will be splitting up competition in three different locations. The Spartans will be represented at the Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa), the GINA Relays (Hillsdale, Mich.) and Ashland University Alumni Open (Ashland, Ohio). Each location was picked specifically for certain events, in an effort to find the best competition in preparation for the Big Ten Outdoor Championship taking place May 16-18.
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Big Ten Women’s Golf Championship Preview

Wednesday afternoon, the Michigan State Spartan women’s golf team headed out to French Lick, Ind. looking to bring a Big Ten Championship back to East Lansing.

The Spartans are coming off of a second place finish at last week’s Lady Buckeye Invitational. Freshman Kelly Grassel led the way with a 3-over 219 (78-71-70), finishing just one stroke shy of first place.

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Secret Society – #10 – 4/23/14

What do you get when you cross Pool Time with Behind the Mask? Underwater hockey on Secret Society! Host Bradley Allen sat down with the executive board of the Michigan State University Underwater Hockey Club and got a quick lesson on how the sport is played. Also discussed are the love connections made on the co-ed club team and some of their favorite extra-curricular activities. Read More…

Track and Field Sees Progress over the Weekend

Michigan State track and field head coach Walt Drenth has said that the sport does come with many surprises; it is all about waiting for a breakthrough.

This weekend, MSU track and field saw some of the breakthroughs they have been waiting for (and needing) since the indoor season.

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Kelly Smith Leads Spartans to First Series Win

It was a successful weekend for the Spartans as they won their first Big Ten series of the season in Iowa City, Iowa defeating the Hawkeyes 1-0 and 4-0.

The momentum coming from senior pitcher Kelly Smith propelled MSU to victory.

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