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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Hart opens strong for Air Force swim team

Local athletes continued to make important contributions with their respective collegiate programs this past week in swimming, golf, soccer, volleyball and cross country.

NOTE: This past week's football edition of 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' will be published separately.



Elise Hart, Air Force

ELISE HART — Air Force Academy (Sr., Sprint-Free/Fly/Back, Cartersville HS). . . won the 100-yard butterfly (57.22 finals, qualified in 53.59); swam the breaststroke leg for the first place 200-yard medley relay team (1:45.41); was the second leg for the first place 200-yard freestyle team (1:35.44); was third (58.29) in the 100-yard backstroke; third (25.79) in the 50-yard butterfly; fifth (24.44) in the 50 free; and place 14th in the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.49) as the Air Force women finished third of four teams at the 2017 Colorado Mesa Intermountain Shootout in Grand Junction, CO. The Lady Falcons defeated Colorado Mesa, but were defeated by Colorado State and Brigham Young. The next meets for Air Force are October 20 at Denver University and at home October 21 against Colorado Mesa and Colorado School of Mines.


MAGGIE ASHMORE — Augusta Universitiy (Sr., Kingston, GA, Heritage GA, Hilton Head, SC). . . shot rounds of 75-72-72 to tie for 12th individually and lead the Jaguars to an 8th place finish at the Magnolia Invitational last Sunday through Tuesday in West Point, MS. Ole Miss won the tournament by six shots over Memphis and 17 shots over Tennessee. Augusta finished ahead of Kansas State and Troy in the 10-team event. Augusta’s final Fall tournament is the Ladies Fall Intercollegiate at Atlanta Athletic Club in Atlanta October 27-29.

LINDSEY BONNER — York College (Fr., Cartersville HS). . . fired rounds of 100 and 93 to tie for 54th last Monday and Tuesday at the General’s Invitational in Lexington, VA. Bonner was third low on her team. The Lady Spartans finished 9th in the 13-team event won by Methodist College. York plays this Thursday in the Stevenson Fall Invitational in Hampstead, MD and closes out the Fall schedule October 23-24 in the Goucher Invitational in Phoenix, MD.

HANNAH MAE DEEMS — Mercer University (Sr., Taylorsville, GA, Darlington HS). . . shot rounds of 75-68-77 and tied for 15th individually as the Bears placed sixth of 14 teams at The Johnie Imes Invitational last Monday through Wednesday in Columbia, MO. The host team, Missouri, won the tournament by six shots over East Tennessee State and was 26 shots better than Middle Tennessee. Kennesaw State and North Texas were fourth and fifth, just ahead of Mercer. The Bears’ host their final Fall tournament October 30-31 with the Idle Hour Collegiate Championship in Macon.


MADISON BENNETT — North Greenville University (Soph., Defender, Woodland HS). . . played 55 minutes in a 1-0 home win over Shaw last Wednesday and played 29 minutes Saturday in a 1-0 win at University of Mount Olive. UNG (6-3-3, 4-1-1 Conference Carolinas) hosts conference foe Belmont Abbey College Wednesday and travels to Chowan University for a conference match Saturday.

KATELYNN HARBEKE — Life University (Jr., MF, Cass HS). . . played 87 minutes of a 5-0 loss last Wednesday at Shawnee State (OH). She started and played 64 minutes of a 5-0 loss at University of Cumberlands (KY) last Friday night. Life (4-7, 1-2 Mid-South Conference) hosts Campbellsville University this Saturday night in Marietta.

KATIE LAWHORN — Life University (Fr., MF, Adairsville HS). . . played 33 minutes at Shawnee State (OH) and 10 minutes at University of Cumberlands (KY) last Wednesday and Friday in a pair of 5-0 losses. The Eagles (4-7, 1-2 Mid-South Conference) host Campbellsville University this Saturday night in Marietta.

CODY WEST — Duquesne University (Grad, Defender, Cass HS). . . started and played all 90 minutes of both Duquesne losses this past week. The Dukes fell to Saint Louis 3-0 Wednesday at home and lost 5-0 at UMass on Saturday. Duquesne (3-6-1, 1-2) plays at Davidson College this Wednesday night in an Atlantic10 Conference match.


Katie O'Connor, Western Carolina

KATIE O’CONNOR — Western Carolina University (Sr, MB, Cartersville HS). . . totaled 11 kills, two defensive digs, and eight block assists in the Catamounts’ five-set loss Saturday at Wofford. O’Connor also had 10 kills and five blocks last Friday night in a four-set loss at Furman. WCU (6-13, 1-5 Southern Conference) entertains UNC-Greensboro this Wednesday night and The Citadel next Saturday afternoon.


Bree Cole, Jacksonville State

AUBREE COLE — Jacksonville State University (Soph., Cartersville HS). . . finished 54th of 116 DI runners and was second on her team as the Gamecocks ran sixth in the University Division of the Florida State Invitational at Apalachee Regional Park. JSU finished 13th among 21 total schools that included other collegiate levels. The host Seminoles won the University Division ahead of Jacksonville University and Florida. Florida A&M was fourth and South Florida fifth. The Gamecocks are scheduled next for the Alabama Crimson Classic this Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa.

Jaison Morning, Valdosta State

JAISON MORNING — Valdosta State University (Jr., Cass HS). . . finished 19th of 117 runners this past Saturday at the Bobcat Invitational in Milledgeville hosted by Georgia College and State University. Morning ran the 8K in 27:42 and was second on his team. Augusta University had seven of the top ten runners to win easily over Georgia College and Emmanuel. Valdosta State was fourth in the 13-team event. VSU’s next meet will be the Gulf South Conference 8K Championship on Saturday, October 21 in Danville, AL.

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