Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus. If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear about how our athletes are doing.
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What’s Happening on Campus
Athletic Summer Camps: Brochure available online at www.universityhigh.org/athletics
Athletic Clearance for 2017-2018: Complete the online clearance process at www.athleticclearance.com. Upload your physical to the website (Physicals should be completed AFTER May 1st, 2017) and then bring the confirmation page to the athletic office to receive athletic ID. We will begin printing cards for next year on May 15th.
Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing
The Uni Boys Baseball team will be wrapping up their season tonight, 5/11 with a home game v Irvine. It is their Senior night as well as their Game of the Week. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Come out and support! Go Uni Baseball!
Last Friday at the Pacific Coast League swimming championship finals, the Uni girls finished in 5th place in the Varsity division, 4th place in the JV division and 2nd place in the Open division for a combined girls overall 4th place finish. For the Varsity girls, strong finishes by both the A and B relays, each beating a higher seeded Beckman team, and moved the team from 3 points down to one point up over Beckman. The A relay of Claire Jang, Anne Iwata, Kate Weiland and Alondra Ortiz dropped 2.6 seconds from their seed time with a season best CIF consideration time of 3.46.83 for 5th and the B relay of Leila Mirasafian, Yuuri Yoshikawa, Savanna Cruz and Vanessa Yang dropped an amazing 16.7 seconds from their seed time to take 12th with a time of 3:53.03.
There were many outstanding swims during the championship meet. The 200 medley relay of Ortiz, Weiland, C. Jang and Anne Jang started out the meet with a 2.55 second drop from their previous season best, to make a CIF automatic qualifying time of 1:50.45, assuring themselves of a spot at the CIF meet. The 200 free relay of C. Jang, Mirasafian, Iwata and A. Jang dropped 2.36 seconds for a season best CIF consieration time of 1:41.58.
Individual top 8 finalists included freshman Kate Weiland in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, dropping her CIF consideration time in the breaststroke to 1:07.74, Ortiz in the 100 fly and the 100 back, A. Jang in the 50 free and the 100 breast, and Claire Jang, who swam 3 relays and one individual event , in the 100 fly , finishing Ortiz finished 3rd and A. Jang 4th, only 0.06 seconds apart, both swimming best times of 59.53 and 59.59 respectively.
Last Saturday, the swimmers who officially qualified to swim in this week’s CIF-SS, Division I Championships were announced. Swimmers are allowed to swim a maximum of 2 individual events and 2 relays. Our diver, freshman Tamar Azik, also qualified for CIF, diving Monday in the prelims and finishing 23rd.
The following swimmers will be representing Uni at CIF:
Alondra Ortiz : 100 fly, 100 back, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay
Anne Jang: , 100 free, 200 medley relay ,200 free relay
Kate Weiland: 100 breast, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay
Claire Jang: 100 fly (alt), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay
Anne Iwata: 200 free relay,400 free relay, 200 medley relay
Leila Mirasafian: 200 free relay ,400 free relay, medley relay
Vanessa Yang 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Savanna Cruz: 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Celine Nie: 200 free relay
Sarah Sharifi : 200 medley relay
Yuuri Yoshikawa: 200 medley relay, 400 free relay
The CIF meet will be held at the Riverside Community College Aquatics Center. Prelims are today, Thursday, May 11 with finals Saturday, May 13. Good luck, swimmers!
Boys swimming travels to CIF Prelims today (5/11) and Finals on Saturday (5/13). The meets will be held at the Riverside City College Aquatics Center. Good luck boys!
Track & Field:
The track team had some outstanding performances at League Finals this past Friday. We have a large number of athletes moving on to compete at the Division 1 CIF Prelims this upcoming weekend. We are also excited to announce that Paige Metayer and Harry Baker were named as the 2017 Pacific Coast MVP’s. Here are some of the top varsity performances of the day and the athletes moving to CIF:
Boys 4x100m relay – 1st place, new school record of 42.99 (Faris Qaisi, Darius Outland, Jeremy Koo, Harry Baker)
Girls 4x100m relay – 3rd place (Alexis Robertson, Lauryn Wood, Daria Shkel, Leyna Wood)
Daria Shkel – 2nd in the 100m hurdles, 2nd in the 300m hurdles
Paige Metayer – 1st in the 400m, 1st in the 800m, time of 55.05 in the 400 is the #5 fastest time in Orange County history
Harry Baker – 1st in the 100m, 1st in the 200m
Jeremy Koo – 2nd in the 400m
Darius Outland – 3rd in the high jump
Cecilia Langlois – 3rd in the 3200m
Girls 4x400m relay – 3rd place (Lauryn Wood, Daria Shkel, Sara Sussman, Paige Metayer)
The boys tennis team defeated Santa Monica 16 to 1 in the first round of the CIF playoffs on Wednesday, 5/10. The boys will be back in action tomorrow (5/12) against Calabasas high school at Uni. Come out and support the boys. The game time will be 3:00 p.m. Good luck boys!
Check out the article below from OC Varsity.com:
Five Pacific Coast League teams earn spots in CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs
The CIF-SS released the boys tennis playoff brackets Monday afternoon and revealed that five of the six teams in the always-loaded Pacific Coast League earned bids in the newly constructed Division 1 field.
University, Corona del Mar, Woodbridge, Beckman and Northwood each garnered postseason bids, giving the PCL two more teams than any other league in the Southern Section’s Division 1 field. University (16-2) was given the No. 3 seed in the bracket, putting the Trojans on a course to possibly meet No. 2-seed Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (20-2) in the semifinals. University lost to the Wolverines, 13-5, when the teams met in February.
San Clemente (13-3) will host Corona del Mar (13-6) in an all-Orange County first-round matchup on Wednesday afternoon. The Sea Kings topped the Tritons, 12-6, in a nonleague match in March. The other all-county first-round matchup will pit Santa Margarita (19-6) against Northwood (11-7), which beat the Eagles, 13-5, during the regular season.
In Division 2, several local teams might make lengthy postseason runs. Yorba Linda was awarded the No. 1 seed after posting a 19-1 overall record. Behind Redlands, the No. 2 seed in the bracket, are Sage Hill (13-1) as the No. 3 seed and Newport Harbor (16-4) as the No. 4 seed.
Also in that bracket are Fountain Valley (10-8) and Dana Hills (10-7), which both dropped down from the Division 1 under the new competitive equity system. Both teams are lively lower seeds that are battle-tested and talented enough to go on a run. The Barons open the playoffs at Long Beach Poly, while the Dolphins will host Temecula Valley.
All first-round matches are Wednesday, and the second round is Friday. The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for May 15 and May 17, respectively. All five divisional championship matches will be held May 19 at the Claremont Club.
As our rebuilding season come to a close, we are already looking forward to next season! Our team finished the year with many positive notes:
- The team average score improved more than 6 strokes per match which means all our players have improved
- Connor O’Brien finished PCL tied for 3rd place individually. He also qualified for Individual CIF-SS Regionals.
- With no seniors on the team, we will have everyone returning next year to pick up where we left off.
Although we finished with only 1 league win in arguably the strongest league in Sounthern California, our team average would have placed us top 3 in most other leagues! We have a lot to look forward to next season!
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletic events
(Home events in BOLD)
Thursday, May 11th
Swimming CIF Prelims @ Riverside City College – 8:00 a.m.
**GOW** Baseball v Irvine – 3:30 p.m.
Friday, May 12th
Boys Tennis Play-offs v Calabasas – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 13th
Track & Field CIF Prelims @ Trabuco Hills – 11:00 a.m.
Swimming CIF Finals @ Riverside City College – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 15th
Boys Tennis CIF Play-offs – Time / location TBA
Wednesday, May 17th
Boys Tennis CIF Play-offs – Time / location TBA
Spring GOW Schedule 2017
|Boys Tennis||Tuesday||3/21||3:15||UHS Tennis Courts||Beckman|
|Boys Lacrosse||Wednesday||3/29||4:00||Football Stadium||Woodbridge|
|Softball||Monday||4/17||3:30||UHS Softball Field||Beckman|
|Boys Golf||Thursday||4/20||3:00||Strawberry Farms||CDM|
|Girls Lacrosse||Thursday||4/27||4:00||Football Stadium||Woodbridge|
|Boys Volleyball||Tuesday||5/2||5:15||UHS Gym||Woodbridge|
|Track & Field||Friday||5/5||4:00||UHS Stadium||League Finals|
|Baseball||Thursday||5/11||3:30||UHS Baseball Field||Irvine|
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Kevin McCaffrey and Mark Cunningham
University High School