Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog 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 how our athletes are doing.
What’s Happening on Campus
Athletic Clearance It is time to get cleared for Sports for the 2018-2019 School Year! Complete the clearance process online at www.athleticclearance.com and bring the signed “Confirmation Page” to the Athletics Office to complete the process. Sports Physicals must be completed AFTER May 1, 2018. Athletes must get a new physical and go through the clearance process each year.
Spring Sports Update
The U*N*I Baseball Team concludes the regular season today at Beckman High School. The U*N*I Team had a huge win last Friday, defeating Woodbridge, 7-5. The win gave the U*N*I Team the series and insured a winning record for the season. The U*N*I Team will find out Monday at 10am is they will make the playoffs.
This week was the start of individual and team CIF. George Lu finished with 68 (-4) Monday 5/7/18 at Sky Links Golf Course at CIF Individuals. That is good for 3rd place finish among 120 players!!! This is an amazing accomplishment for such a strong field. He finished 1st among ALL Pacific Coast League Players! This CIF Southern Section Southern Division Individual is considered the toughest of the 3 divisions. He is now among the top 20 players from Southern Division to qualify for Individual Championship & SCGA Qualifying Tournament for the right to play The Southern Regional State Tournament. He will be joined by the top 20 players from 2 other divisions. They will be traveling to San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara next Thursday 5/17/18.
The team also qualified for CIF. We will play our first round at Miles Square Golf Course next Monday 5/14/18. The top 2 teams will move on and join George Lu in Santa Barbara.
Every member of the team has worked and contributed to getting to this point and should be congratulated. They all worked hard to improve their game. Now we will need some good golf and a bit of luck to move on!
Uni Softball finished their season yesterday celebrating their seniors and families. A bittersweet day as one chapter ends for these seniors and another begins. Peyton Mattson, Zoe Manjarrez and Janette Oh were our trio of captains. Although not the outcome we had hoped for, our season highlight was pulling out our win against Woodbridge 14-13 in 8 innings. This was the first win in over 15 games against Woodbridge and we spoiled their perfect season with our amazing battle and win! Great job Trojans, you are better every day!!
The boys swim team will be competing in the CIF Prelims today at Riverside City College. We have 14 boys going from our school. Best of luck boys!
Last Friday at the Pacific Coast League Championship Finals, the Varsity girls finished in 4th place, moving up one spot from their 5th place finish last year. The JV girls finished 5th and the Open division girls finished 4th for a combined girls overall 4th place finish.
There were many outstanding swims during the championship meet. The 200 Medley A relay of Alondra Ortiz, Kate Weiland, Isabella Pagano, and Claire Jang dropped 1.52 seconds from their seed time with a season best CIF consideration time 1:50.02, only 0.02 off the CIF Automatic time for 4th place, with each swimmer recording season best splits. The B relay of Lia Cui, Danica Wong, Savannah Cruz and Ira Chaturvedi dropped 4.11 seconds off their seed time for 12th and a CIF consideration time.
In the 200 free, Cruz had a whopping 4.63 second time drop, for a season best 2:04.26, to move up from 14th seed to 11th. Chloe Johansson was 16th in that event with a 2 second time drop from her season best during prelims.
In the 200 IM, Weiland finished 9th winning the consolation final, with Marta Meinardi 14th with a season best time and Kristina Yan 15th.
In the 50 free, Jang was 4th, Pagano 12th, and Mirsafian 15th.
In the 100 fly, Ortiz was 6th with a lifetime best of 58.83 and Jang was just behind her in 7th with a season best 58.91. Pagano finished 13th just .01 off her season best with a 1:01.2.
In the 100 free, Mirsafian finished 11th and Sarah Sharifi finished 15th also with a season best time.
In the 500 free Cruz finished 9th, Mirsafian 10th, Cui 13th and Johansson 14th. Both Cruz and Meinardi had big time drops with Cruz dropping 7.77 seconds and Meinardi droping 5.26 seconds from their prelim times.
In the 200 free relay, the A relay of Anne Iwata, Pagano, Mirsafian and Jang finished 4th lowering their CIF consideration time to 1:42.04. The B relay of Johansson, JenniferTseng, Cui and Sharifi finished 14th with a 1.42 second time drop from their seed time.
In the 100 backstroke, Ortiz finished 6th and in the 100 breaststroke, Weiland was also 6th in a season best 1:08.90, followed by Wong in 8th, also with a season best, 1:11.43. Yuuri Yoshikawa won the consolation final in 9th, with a season best 1:11.18.
In the final event, the 400 free relay, the A relay of Iwata, Ortiz, Weiland and Mirsafian dropped an amazing 4.03 seconds to finish 6th, and the B relay of Yoshikawa, Sharifi, Meinardi and Cruz finished 12th dropping an even more amazing 7.10 seconds from their seed time, both teams with CIF consideration times.
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.
Both our divers, sophomore Tamar Azik and freshman Laurel Jin qualified for CIF, diving this past Tuesday in the prelims and finishing 23rd and 24th.
The following swimmers will be representing Uni at CIF prelims today:
Claire Jang: 50 free, 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay
Alondra Ortiz : 100 fly, 100 back, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay
Kate Weiland: 100 breast, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay
Isabella Pagano, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay,400 free relay
Anne Iwata: 200 medley relay ,200 free relay, 400 free relay
Leila Mirsafian: 200 medley relay, 200 free relay ,400 free relay,
Savanna Cruz: 200 medley relay,200 free relay, 400 free relay
Sarah Sharifi : 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Yuuri Yoshikawa: 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay
The CIF meet will be held at the Riverside Community College Aquatics Center. Prelims are today, Thursday, May 10 at 9a, with finals Saturday, May 12 at 4p. Good luck, swimmers!
Last Thursday Seniors Patryk Kozlowski and Julian Lafond won the doubles title at the Pacific Coast League individual championships. The boys will now represent Uni in the CIF individual tournament next week. Yesterday the boys defeated Loyola High School 16 to 2 in the first round of the CIF team playoffs. The Trojans are the top ranked team in D-I and will travel to Redlands high on Friday for a 2nd round of playoff match. Finally, Aditya Gupta, Naevin Anukornchaikul, Patryk Kozlowski and Julian Lafond were all named to the “All Pacific Coast League First Team”. We are so proud of our boys and the continued success of the Uni boys tennis program.
Pacific Coast League boys tennis finals offer a surprise in doubles
The strongest boys tennis league in Orange County produced one surprise and one expected winner during its championships last week.
Stefan Dostanic of Woodbridge defended his Pacific Coast League singles crown with an 8-2 victory against Nick Wang of Northwood at Irvine.
Dostanic, a rising junior, continued a hot streak that added the singles title at the recent Ojai tournament.
In doubles, University’s Patryk Kozlowski and Julian LaFond upset defending champion Leo Hibi and Paul Diamantopoulos of Woodbridge, 8-6. Hibi and Diamantopoulos made the semifinals at Ojai, helping the Warriors claim the team title.
By reaching the league championship matches, Dostanic, Wang and the teams of Kozlowski-LaFond and Hibi-Diamantopoulos qualified for CIF individual championships.
Track & Field
The Boys track team finished their League Finals last Friday with many personal best on the season and for some their life time best. This Saturday we will be competing at CIF prelims at Trabuco Hills High School. In the sprints we will have Thomas Manalo, Austin Lake, Jeremy Koo, Matt Tang and Faris Qaisi in the 4 x 100. In the 200, we will have Faris Qaisi. The field events will be represented by Sam Kammerman and Evan Pariser in the High Jump. We hope for success to compete another day. Go Trojan Track and Field.
Girls Track had a great showing at the Pacific Coast League Finals with many top 5 finishes and CIF qualifiers. Freshman Collette Lowengrub continues her impressive season, as she placed 1st in the 3200 and 2nd in the 1600, moving her on to CIF in both events. Our other individual winner was Sara Sussman, placing 1st in the varsity 800. More CIF qualifiers include Daria Shkel, who placed 2nd in the 300 hurdles and Amber Sun who finished 3rd in the high jump. We look forward to watching these girls compete at the Division 1 CIF Prelims this Saturday at Trabuco Hills High School. GO UNI TRACK!
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)
Thursday, May 10th
Swimming CIF Prelims @ Riverside City College – 9:00 a.m.
Baseball @ Beckman – 3:30
Friday, May 11th
Boys Tennis @ Redlands – CIF Playoff Match – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12th
Track & Field CIF Prelims @ Trabuco Hills – 11:00 a.m.
Swimming CIF Finals @ Riverside City College – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, May 14th
Boys Golf Team Championships @ Mile Square Golf Course – 8:00 a.m.
Boys Tennis – Potential CIF Playoff Match – Location TBA – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16th
Boys Tennis – CIF Semi Finals (Tentative) – 3:00 p.m.