Ryan caps Michigan swimming career as double All-American
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.
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.