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Morning Roundup: May 20, 2016

Morning Roundup: May 20, 2016
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There will be 306 gold medals awarded at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and this time around, a Wildcat has a real shot to claim one. Cole Paxton takes an in-depth look at Jordan Wilmovsky, a world-champion distance swimmer out of Northwestern who will be going for gold this summer.

In addition, a couple of teams are readying themselves for a shot at NCAA glory…

  • Joe Wilkinson sets the stage for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, where the peaking Cats are a real contender for a national title.
  • Melissa Haniff previews softball’s upcoming first round NCAA Tournament matchup with Oklahoma State, which NU secured after a strong stretch to close the season at .500.

And today’s back page, featuring Wilmovsky:

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Morning Roundup: April 28, 2016

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Morning Roundup: April 28, 2016
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Despite being below .500, Northwestern’s softball team has a great shot at an at-large bid into the 64-team NCAA Tournament thanks to a tough schedule that has them No. 47 in the RPI rankings. But wins don’t hurt either, and with Wednesday’s victory over Loyola, the Wildcats sit just three games back of .500 at 20-23. Cole Paxton recapped the win in NU’s final home game of the season.

In other news…

  • Softball’s win over Loyola also marked a big milestone for longtime coach Kate Drohan.
  • The Big Ten Tournaments in tennis are rapidly approaching, and the Cats are poised to take shots at the conference title in both the men’s and the women’s tournaments. Garrett Jochnau gets you ready for men’s tennis’ Big Tens run after a historic regular season, while Mike Marut previews women’s tennis’ quest to reclaim the conference title after coming on strong in Big Ten play.

And a look at Thursday’s back page:

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Softball coach Kate Drohan wins 500th game at Northwestern

Softball coach Kate Drohan wins 500th game at Northwestern
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By Cole Paxton

Kate Drohan won her 500th game at the helm of the Wildcats in Wednesday’s 9-1 win over crosstown rival Loyola.

Drohan is in her 15th season leading Northwestern. She served as an assistant for four seasons before taking over the head coaching position ahead of the 2002 season. 

Drohan has led the Cats to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances. NU has won two Big Ten championships and advanced to a pair of Women’s College World Series under her direction. 

Drohan ranks second on the all-time wins list, trailing long-time coach Sharon Drysdale. In 23 years leading the Cats, Drysdale won 640 games. 

The Cats return to action with a three-game weekend series at Wisconsin. 

Morning Roundup: April 27, 2016

by Max Schuman 0 Comments
Morning Roundup: April 27, 2016
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It’s been an quite the year for Joey Calistri. The men’s soccer star finished his career as a Wildcat in the fall as the second-leading scorer in school history, then signed a homegrown contract with the Chicago Fire of MLS, beginning his professional career. In the first installment of our Curtain Call series, taking one final look at Northwestern’s senior stars like Calistri, Ben Pope profiles a player making the leap and trying to find his way at the next level.

In other news…

  • The NFL Draft takes place in Chicago beginning this Thursday, and several Cats seem poised to hear their names called. Bobby Pillote and Max Schuman convened a roundtable to preview the weekend’s events.
  • Marty Johnson checks in with the softball team as they prepare for the home stretch of the season, beginning with today’s game against Loyola University Chicago.
  • The Big Ten announced its golf honors yesterday, with NU’s women’s golf sweeping individual awards and men’s golfer Dylan Wu being recognized as well.
  • Max Schuman took a look at the Cats’ chances of sending a runner to the outdoor track NCAA Regionals this season, and didn’t like what he saw.

And a look at Wednesday’s back page:

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