Ryan caps Michi­gan swim­ming ca­reer as dou­ble All-Amer­i­can

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - SPORTS - By Bill Ar­se­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

GIL­LIAN “G” RYAN (KUTZ­TOWN) » The se­nior wrapped up her ca­reer with the Michi­gan women’s swim team by earn­ing All-Amer­i­can honors in two events at the NCAA Di­vi­sion I Cham­pi­onships March 15-17 in Colum­bus, OH. Ryan fin­ished 8th in the 500 freestyle in 4:36.42 and then in her fi­nal swim with the Wolver­ines, she fin­ished sixth in the 1,650 freestyle in 15:50.95. She earned her first All-Amer­i­can cer­tifi­cate when she fin­ished eighth in the 500 freestyle last sea­son.

PETE RENDA (BRANDY­WINE HEIGHTS) » The red­shirt se­nior con­cluded his col­le­giate ca­reer at the NCAA Di­vi­sion I Wrestling Cham­pi­onships March 15-18 in Cleve­land. Renda, of Top­ton, fell a win short of be­com­ing a two-time Al­lAmer­i­can af­ter the No. 4 seed at 184 pounds fell to Ne­braska’s Tay­lor Venz 11-3 in a con­so­la­tion match. He opened with a pair of wins be­fore drop­ping a back-and­forth bat­tle in the quar­ter­fi­nals to No. 5 Domenic Abounader, 11-9. The ACC cham­pion at 184 went 23-4 for the sea­son.

AMANDA HESS (BRANDY­WINE HEIGHTS) » The se­nior is in her fourth sea­son start­ing for the Ar­ca­dia soft­ball team, the Knights 4-8 af­ter split­ting a dou­ble­header with Le­banon Val­ley on March 18 in Glen­side. The third base­man is hit­ting .294 (10for-34) with four dou­bles, a triple, a home run, nine runs scored and seven runs bat­ted in Her homer was a grand slam in a 6-4 loss to No. 15-ranked Ramapo on March 15 in Osce­ola, Fla. In the field, she’s made one er­ror on 20 chances (.950).

BEKAH SLATTERY (DANIEL BOONE) » The Lock Haven soft­ball team is hop­ing to make some noise in the PSAC Cen­tral Di­vi­sion again this sea­son and the Bald Ea­gles will be re­ly­ing on the strong left arm of ju­nior Bekah Slattery.

Slattery, a Daniel Boone grad­u­ate, is cur­rently 2-4 with two saves and a 1.23 earned run av­er­age in eight games and five starts. In her four losses, the team scored just four runs and shutout twice.

Slattery tossed a six­in­ning no-hit­ter against Post on March 12 in Cler­mont, Fla. She walked three and struck out nine. On March 16, also in Cler­mont, she gave up five hits and struck out 15 but was beaten 1-0 on an un­earned run in the eighth in­ning. In 40 in­nings, she has given up 24 hits and 11 runs, seven earned, with 12 walks and 48 strike­outs and has a 1.23 earned run av­er­age.

“Bekah has been a spark so far – as any good pitcher can be,” coach Kelly Shan­non said. “We rely on her con­fi­dence and game at­ti­tude. It def­i­nitely al­lows our team to be­lieve we can beat any­body out there with her in the cir­cle.”

A two-time PSAC Cen­tral first-team se­lec­tion, Slattery was 16-11 with a 3.34 ERA in 30 games and 25 starts as a sopho­more. She had 21 com­plete games and three shutouts and struck out 134 bat­ters in 172.1 in­nings. She had a big fresh­man sea­son, go­ing 22-9 in 37 games and 30 starts with 22 com­plete games and nine shutouts. She fanned 187 in 215.2 in­nings. She’s not rest­ing on her lau­rels.

“Bekah worked re­ally hard in the off-sea­son to in­crease spin and ul­ti­mately her move­ment on her pitches be­cause she knows she has to keep rein­vent­ing her­self for her and our team to be suc­cess­ful,” Shan­non said. “I look for­ward to see­ing how far she can pro­pel us this sea­son.”

AUSTIN DESANTO (EX­ETER) » The Drexel fresh­man fin­ished 2-2 in his first NCAA Di­vi­sion I Wrestling Cham­pi­onship March 1516 in Cleve­land, OH. DeSanto, the sev­enth seed at 133 pounds, won by med­i­cal for­feit and then turned back No. 10 Jack Mueller of Vir­ginia 15-7 but was beaten 16-2 in the quar­ter­fi­nals by No. 2 seed Steven Mi­cic of Michi­gan. His tour­ney ended with an 8-6 loss in the con­so­la­tions. DeSanto fin­ished 29-7 with three pins, four ma­jor de­ci­sions and 11 tech­ni­cal falls.

COUR­TESY MICHI­GAN ATH­LET­ICS

Michi­gan se­nior G Ryan fin­ished in the top 8 in the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle to gain All-Amer­i­can sta­tus twice at the NCAA Di­vi­sion I Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships on March 15-17 in Colum­bus, Ohio.

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