BC Sports Recap 2/14

Christopher Atkins

Bridgewater Eagles Athletics

Junior Christopher Atkins had two podium finishes in the 400 meter dash and 4×400 relay, followed by a ninth place finish in the 200 meter dash. Atkins is looking to continue his success when the track and field teams move to their outdoor season on March 6.

Zachary Gray, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – With both basketball teams being shut down due to COVID-19 and looking forward to resuming their seasons in the playoffs, the swim and track and field teams were able to compete on Saturday, Feb. 20. 

The swim teams hosted William Peace, while the track and field teams traveled to compete in the Roanoke Invitational. 

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team was shut down due to COVID-19 on Feb. 12. The ODAC conference is now allowing all active teams into the playoffs, regardless of the standings. The women currently sit in first place in the ODAC with a 4-0 record.  

Men’s Basketball

The men’s basketball team has been shut down due to COVID-19 since Feb 5. The men’s team currently sits in sixth place with a 2-1 ODAC record. 

The men team’s season is set to resume on Wednesday, Feb. 24 when they travel to Randolph Macon to take on the undefeated Yellow Jackets. 

Men and Women’s Tennis

The men’s tennis team has yet to start their season after their first scheduled event on Feb. 14 was cancelled. The women’s team is scheduled to start their season on March 11 at 3:00, when they will travel to the University of Mary Baldwin. 

Men’s Track and Field

Sophomore Keagan Avalos had a second place finish in the high jump, followed by junior Christopher Atkin’s third place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.57 seconds. 

Senior Chase Rosenthal, sophomore Michael Sheets, Avalos and Atkins teamed up for the 4×400 meter relay, where they placed second with a time of 3:34.98. 

The lone solo win was by Rosenthal in the triple jump as he jumped 13.63 meters.

Sheets finished second in the 400 meter dash and sophomore Jake McNutt had two second place finishes in the weight throw and had a personal best shot put throw. Senior Kenny Sullivan placed tenth in the 800 meter dash. 

“We all worked really hard to get where we are, especially with COVID going around,” said Sullivan. “We’ve worked towards this for about a year and we aren’t stopping yet. It was a good way to end our indoor season and we’re looking forward to our outdoor season.”  

Women’s Track and Field

First-year Adalia Coleman won the 60 meter dash after posting the third best time in BC history and the best time in the ODAC this season. Coleman placed fourth in the 200 meter dash and posted the eighth best time in BC history. 

Junior Kacee Hooker placed second in the 200 meter dash posting the sixth best time in BC history and the best time in the ODAC conference. Hooker finished third in the 60 meter dash,  posting the fourth best time in BC history. 

Senior Cameron Terrell finished third in the weight throw and second in shot put. 

The track and field teams will host their next event, which will also begin their outdoor season on March 6. 

Men’s Swimming

The men’s swim team defeated William Peace 118-110. It was a tightly contested matchup, as the Eagles only led William Peace by a point heading into the final relay of the event. 

First-years Jack Cataneo, Parker Davis, Cullen Beach and Travis McCauley helped secure the win for the Eagles by beating William Peace by nearly five seconds in the final 200 meter relay with a 1:44.17 time.

Women’s Swimming

The women’s swim team’s dominant win over William Peace, by a score of 166-73, was highlighted by the breaking of the eight year school record for the best 200 meter free relay time. First-years Katelyn Wiglesworth, Katie Yoder, Bethany Viventi and junior Jessica Touve set the record with a time of 1:57.96. The previous record was set at 1:58.84 in 2012-2013. 

Senior Kaitlyn Hilliker won the 800 free and senior Rachael King won the 200 fly, followed by a win in the 200 individual medley. 

The swim teams are now focused on the ODAC championship on March 5-7 after closing out their regular season with victories.