Asbury Athletics at a glance

Published 10:28 am Friday, January 26, 2024

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Saturday saw three AU teams on display this week, while women’s basketball extended their win streak to five with a win. Mens and womens track and field saw two qualify for nationals as swimming collected several first place finishes.

Womens basketball

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Haleigh Releford and Camryn Preston each scored 22 points to help ignite a high-powered Asbury (12-7) offense over Simmons College (6-12), 82-75 on Saturday. The win propelled AU to 5-0 since the calendar turn and continues the Eagles win streak to five games. Celia Pelfrey added ten points (2-4 3PT) and three steals. Camryn Poole scored six points off the bench and dished three assists. Ma’Kiya West added another five points off the bench.  Morgan Flannery dished three assists and grabbed four steals. Spencer Harvey pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and scored five points.

Mens and womens swimming

Asbury swimming collected an impressive 14 first place finishes against Anderson University on Saturday afternoon. Ian Wang and Emme Johnson aided in the Eagle’s efforts, both having two first-place finishes. Wang finished 1st in the 100 breaststroke and the 100 IM, and Johnson in the 50 and 100 backstroke. Asbury womens tallied their fifth win of the season over Anderson, outscoring the Ravens 151-101, while AU mens ultimately fell to Anderson 147-90. The Ravens would come out on top with Asbury trailing by only seven points with a collective score of 248-241.

AU swimming will now take an almost one-month break from competition to prepare for the Liberal Arts Conference Championship in mid-February.

Mens and womens track & field

Freshman Bailey Gassmann and sophomore Brendan Funke led another strong Asbury track and field showing on Saturday in Danville at the Centre Indoor Showcase. Gassmann broke her own previously set Asbury record in the mile run and also broke the Asbury record in the 3,000 meter. Both times qualified Gassmann for the NCCAA Indoor National Championships.

Funke’s throw of 13.17m (443’2.5”) in the Shot Put not only broke his own school record but was a qualifying throw for the NCCAA Indoor National Championships. Also on the men’s side for Asbury, John Rahbany set his second school record of the season in the men’s 60m dash. Macy Bruce broke Asbury school records in the 60m dash and the 200m dash. August Price threw another PR in the shot put to surpass her own school record in the event.

Andrews Named NISOA Sportsmanship Award recipient for NCCAA Division 1

In his 16th year as head of the mens soccer program at Asbury University, Ben Andrews was named the recipient of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Official Association (NISOA). The NISOA exists to develop soccer as a major sport in the United States and to improve the quality of officiating at the college and high school levels. Andrews and his team are coming off of their most successful season in recent years. Andrews helped lead the team to one of their highest winning percentages of the regular season, finishing 10-2-4 before postseason competition. The men made their first appearance on the national stage since rejoining the NCCAA in 2020, receiving an at-large bid to the tournament.”Ben loves to compete,” said mens soccer associate head coach John Greer. “The success that this program has had partially stems from that competitive drive. His desire for the program to win is great, but his desire for us to be different by honoring God through the way we compete is fundamental to that success.”