The Sporting Blitz, week of March 18

Swimming and Diving

Junior diver Tricia Grant, of the Oakland University Swimming and Diving Team, became the first diver in school history to qualify for the NCAA championship after placing fourth in the women’s 3-meter diving in the NCAA Zone C Diving Qualifier, held on the campus of Ohio State University. This means that Grant will also be able to compete in the 1-meter diving event at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by the University of Minnesota from March 20-22.

Women’s Softball

The Oakland University women’s softball team participated in the Dayton Tournament over the weekend, playing a total of two games against Dayton and Eastern Michigan. The team suffered losses in both games, scoring only one run in each contest and losing to EMU 6-1 and to Dayton 2-1. The Grizzlies will next travel to Fairborn Ohio for match-ups against Wright State from March 22-23.

Men’s Baseball

The Golden Grizzlies’ Men’s Baseball team was scheduled to play Youngstown State this weekend on the OU Baseball Field but the games were cancelled due to the weather. The team will next travel to Ohio for match-ups against Wright State and Kent State from March 21 to 35. 

Women’s Tennis

Oakland bests Akron, 4-3 to wrap up non-conference play.  Karine Celis’ third-set tie-breaker victory at No. 2 singles was the deciding match Sunday afternoon in Oakland’s 4-3 victory at Akron to conclude non-conference play. The win improved the Golden Grizzlies to 4-8 on the year, while Akron dropped to 9-6. Oakland begins Horizon League play next weekend, starting with Milwaukee Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. ET in Milwaukee. 

Cross Country

The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named the Oakland Men and Women’s cross country teams All-Academic teams. This is the eighth straight year that Oakland has earned this honor.

Women’s Basketball

Three players received Madness 2013-14 Horizon League All-Conference honors form the Oakland UNiversity women’s basketball team. Bethany Watterworth and Elena Popkey were named to the third team, and Kim Bee was named to the fourth. Meanwhile, the Horizon League announced that Watterworth was named to second team all-conference and Bee was named to the all-defensive team. The Grizzlies will play Youngstown State in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer 

The Oakland University women’s soccer team named a new head coach this week. Margaret Saurin was named the program’s new leader after spending the last seven seasons as the head coach of former conference rival Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Saurin is coming off a 5-2-1 season in the Summit League, and was named Coach of the Year in 2012.