Winter and Spring Womens Sports Preview and Recap
As all walks of life for athletics on the campus of Quincy University have now returned and gotten back into the groove of the way they all left things in the fall 2022 semester, or for some who have left the Quincy area for less time as their on-going season has kept them around more often then not.
There have been a lot of sports going on since the last check-in for the Hawks faithful that passionately follow the sports on campus as much as those who are involved in the games, events or matches themselves.
This article will recap what fans of the Hawks may have missed out on through winter break, as well as look forward to what is to come regarding the spring 2023 semester sports that will get underway with their action in the near future.
This is one of the sports that started in the fall 2022 semester and has continued despite a short break during winter break.
The Hawks overall record is 10 wins and 13 losses on the season so far. They have 6 wins and 9 losses in total in GLVC conference play specifically. With that conference record that has them standing in terms of conference rankings at 8th overall out of 13 teams total. Outside of one game in the remainder of the season for these ladies, four of their five remaining games are in conference play so they certainly have an opportunity to right the wrongs of early season struggles in the remainder of their upcoming schedule to close out the year.
Schedule for the remainder of the Womens Basketball season can be found here.
To highlight a couple of the shining stars for the team through the year so far, #5 Beth Matas-Martin, senior point guard from Girona, Spain has been the leader of the team this season. She leads the team in overall scoring with 336 points, averaging 15.3 points per game. As well as leading the team in field goal and three point shooting percentage, steals with 26 and assists with 90 total, averaging 4.1 assists per game. She is 9th in the GLVC conference in scoring, 2nd in assists, 11th in free-throw percentage, and 7th in minutes played overall. An absolute workhorse for the Hawks this year.
The Robin to the Batman of Beth Matas-Martin is #33 Sarah Nelson, senior small forward/power forward who is a hometown favorite out of Quincy, Illinois. She is 2nd on the team in points scored with a total of 263 points, averaging 12.0 ppg through the year so far. She is 21st in conference play in scoring and 11th in field goal percentage in the GLVC. She also is 3rd on the team in free throw percentage shooting a cool 72.9% from the stripe on the year and 4th on the team in rebounds.
Cymirah Williams, #3, junior forward from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has been a defensive monster for the Hawks on the year so far! She is 2nd on the team in total rebounds, just two behind #11 Emma Knipe who has been a 3 point sharpshooter as well, leads in offensive rebounds with 2.5 rebounds per game as well as defensive rebounds with 5.2 rebounds per game. She is also 2nd on the team in steals with 24 total, averaging 1.2 steals per game and is 1st on the team in total blocks with 11.
The Hawks have now achieved double digit wins for the first time in seven years, they will look to close out the season on a strong note with the conference tournament to be played at the end of the season around the start of March 2023.
The Womens Swimming team has wrapped up their regular season at this point, their overall record through the 11 meets they have competed is two wins and nine losses.
The main and first of two wins of the women’s swimming team success on the year, after a valiant attempt facing off against Truman State the night before, the ladies came back punching in bunches swimming their way to nine event wins for the meet over Simpson College at home. Eight individual victories and one in a relay paved the way for a big first win to close out the sweep.
Womens Top Finishers on the meet in general starting with the 200 Yard Medley Relay event, Faith Cummings recorded a time of 29.58 seconds, Nancy Olson with a time of 33.26 seconds, Izabella Sparrow with a time of 30.24 seconds, Chantal Tiesinga with a time of 27.74 seconds and a team total time of 2:00.82 minutes and seconds.
In the 200 Yard Freestyle event, Chantal Tiesinga finished with a total time of 2:07.69 minutes and seconds.
In the 100 Yard Backstroke event, Izabella Sparrow recorded a time of 1:04.04 minutes and seconds.
In the 100 Yard Breaststroke event, Aideen Floretta finished with a time of 1:40.50 minutes and seconds.
In the 200 Yard Butterfly event, Nancy Olson finished with a time of 2:23.85 minutes and seconds.
In the 50 Yard Freestyle event, Chantal Tiesinga finished with a total time of 28.18 seconds
In the 100 Yard Freestyle event, Izabella Sparrow finished with a total time of 55.53 seconds.
In the 200 Yard Backstroke event, Faith Cummings finished with a total time of 2:21.13 minutes and seconds.
In the 200 Yard Breaststroke event, Aideen Floretta finished with a total time of 3:41.82 minutes and seconds.
In the 500 Yard Freestyle event, Chantal Tiesinga recorded a total time of 5:40.46 minutes and seconds.
In the 100 Yard Butterfly event, Faith Cummings finished with a time of 1:07.72 minutes and seconds.
Finally, in the 100 Yard IM event, Nancy Olson recorded a total time of 1:05.21 minutes and seconds.
These were all of the cumulative and solo event winners of the match between Quincy University and Simpson College.
The GLVC is set to host the 10th annual GLVC Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, February 8th through the 11th, at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville, Indiana, for the first time.
Nine women’s squads will vie for the 2023 GLVC Championship. This year’s GLVC Championship meet will again be streamed live and free of charge on the GLVC Sports Network at GLVCSN.com. The GLVCSN Android and iOS apps can also be downloaded on your mobile device, while the OTT platforms on Roku, Amazon fireTV, Android TV, and Apple TV are compatible with the GLVCSN app.
The schedule of events for the GLVC Swimming & Diving Championships can be found here.
The new kid on the block this year for Hawks athletics, the Womens Wrestling season started in the fall of 2022 semester, overall throughout the year they have seven wins and five losses for a total of 12 matches they have competed in, leaving the ladies with a 0.583 win percentage.
A breakdown of the matches so far for the ladies, they have one win and zero losses for the events they hosted at home in Pepsi Arena, they were able to give the Hawks faithful a show for the only event that was hosted in-town for the year.
They have yet to record a victory on the road as they have a record of zero wins and three losses. They will look to change that when the Hawks travel to Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, February 4, 2023 to compete in their final match of the year for the Women’s wrestling squad.
At neutral site hosted events where the team has competed in the most matches, they have a total record of six wins and two losses, so in reality they have only struggles this year on the road when they compete against universities that don’t host the matches in their home arenas themselves.
The Womens Wrestling team competed this year as an independent unit outside of any conference as a whole. So the last event in Des Moines, Iowa will wrap up their year and they will head into the 2023-24 season still controlled by head coaches Jimmy Eggemeyer and Jeff Haley, alongside of assistant coach Logan Hagerbaumer after a successful first year of the program so a lot to look forward to in the future for the Women’s Wrestling team as a whole.
Womens Track and Field
This branch of the Womens athletic program of QU Track and Field started their season just around the start of winter break on December 10, 2023. These ladies have been absolute road warriors as they have had to travel outside of Quincy to compete in all of the meets they have attended so far.
The Hawks finished 7th out of 12 overall in their first meet of the year when they traveled to Bloomington, Illinois when they competed at the Titan First Chance Meet.
The Hawks had two place in the top 5 in the long jump. Faith Haggard claimed the 2nd spot with a jump of 5.07 meters, while Taryn Sargent placed 4th in the event with a jump of 4.97 meters.
For the second meet of the season the Hawks had some success to say the least, most notably headlined by runner Taryn Sargent, a junior runner from Huntley, Illinois.
In the 200 meter event, Sargent recorded a time of 27.08 seconds. Her time placed 7th at Battle in the Hive at St Ambrose and sits currently at 16th in GLVC with her overall performances throughout the conference this year as a runner for the Hawks. As an individual based performance this is an outstanding achievement for not only Sargent but for the Hawks led by 1st year head coach Chris Aschemann.
This was notable for runner Taryn Sargent as this was the first-ever Womens indoor weekly track award in program history for the week and her overall performance in this meet.
In their 3rd meet of the season the ladies finished in a total standing of five teams at 4th overall.
Faith Haggard led the women as she took home the fastest time in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.62 seconds. She also placed 8th in the High Jump at 1.48 meters.
Finley Petty ran her collegiate career best and broke a school record in the 1,000 meter race. She completed the race in 3:39.75 minutes and seconds, which placed 3rd in the event.
Briana Obermaier took home a top 3 spot in the 3,000 meter race with a time of 14:28.28 minutes and seconds.
The Hawks also had an unofficial school record in the mixed gender 4 by 400 meter event. The team consisted of David Gamble, DeAndre Cornwall, Faith Haggard, and Nikoby Johnson and recorded a time of 4:11.3 minutes and seconds.
The Womens track and field team continued their indoor season with the ending results of 4th overall for the meet in Olivet Nazarene Invitational on Saturday, January 29, 2023.
Taryn Sargent placed 5th in the triple jump with a distance of 10.54 meters in the event. That placed her at 5th in the meet and more notably broke the school record for the program in the event!
The other top performer for the Hawks on the women’s side was Faith Haggard in the 60 meter hurdles with a collegiate career best of 9.50 seconds to place 2nd at the meet.
The upcoming schedule for events for the Womens Track and Field team can be found here.
The Hawks will travel to Jacksonville, Illinois on Saturday February 4, 2023 for the Jim Green Invite next.
The Womens Track and Field team will look to continue on their recent success as they move forward throughout the remainder of their season in the spring 2023 semester.
The Womens Tennis team had a handful of prerequisite matches that didn’t count towards their main record and standings in the fall of 2022 semester before, the now at the time matches of this article, that the Hawks have competed in.
They opened up the year with an unfortunate loss to Eastern Illinois university by a total score of two to 5 sets.
In the doubles region the Hawks fell by a total of two to one sets, led by the athletes on the Hawks side of Mar Sarda Marti and Mahi Panchal.
In singles Varvara Griva won her match in a total of three sets after dropping the first then rallying to win the next two to win by a total set score of two to one.
Blanca Salas Cruz dropped her first match in two sets but will look to rally in the future.
Steffi Lao won her first set but unfortunately dropped the following two, another Hawks tennis athlete that will look to right the wrongs moving forward.
Mar Sarda Marti swept her opponent in two sets to win her leg of the match by a total score of six to one in the first set and six to two in the second set.
Mahi Pancha lost in a total of 3 sets after she had dropped the first, rallied to win the second by a total score of six to four total points then dropped the third set to Eastern Illinois opponent.
Katrin Ismailova lost her bout in two sets in her overall competitive match for the Hawks.
The Hawks, despite having success or downfalls in the most recent match, will look to rebound in the upcoming match versus Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph Missouri on Friday, February 10, 2023.
The rest of the remaining schedule for the upcoming Hawks Women’s Tennis team matches can be found here.
So far through the 2022 fall semester for the Hawks Womens Bowling team, they haven’t outright won a singular event but have placed notably throughout the events that have taken place to date.
Over the weekend of November 12th to 13th, 2022 was when the Hawks placed 22nd out of a total of 45 teams at the leatherneck Classic in Moline, Illinois.
As well as when they placed 5th out of a total of nine teams when the Hawks competed in the Peacocks Classic in Waterloo, Iowa over the dates of the 20th to the 23rd of January, 2023.
The next match for the Womens Bowling team will be held in Lockport, Illinois over the dates of the 10th to the 12th of February, 2023 when they face off against the Lewis University Flyers at the Flyer Classic.
There are a handful of matches for the team left remaining in the 2023 spring semester/year. Most notably being the conference tournament that will be held in Lockport, Illinois over the dates of March 24 to March 26, 2023. So not only in their next match will the Hawks travel to Lockport, but will look to make a return later on and fight for the opportunity and chance to bring home a conference championship for Quincy University.
The rest and remainder of the Hawks Bowling schedule can be found here.
Another aspect of the Women Hawks athletic programs that has a few competitive matches moving forward, as a full year athletic program with their main season of action taking part in the spring action upcoming.
In the fall the Womens Golf team had the best result in their matches coming in their 4th tournament, as they finished 4th out of a total seven overall teams.
The Hawks shot a 1023 (352-340-331) and placed in 4th.
Karlie Schnepp led the Hawks by placing in 6th with a 243 (80-76-87). Hannah Maguire also placed in the top 20 with a 258 (87-87-84) total strokes and placing.
Natalie Dearwester tied for 20th by shooting a 260 (99-87-74) as she made a 25 stroke improvement from round one to the last round.
Lily Vardaman shot a 264 to place in solo 26th (88-90-86). Haley Cramer rounded out the lineup with a 297 (97-103-97).
The teams next event will take place in the Tunica Cup that will reside in the location of Tunica, Mississippi over the dates of the 20th and 21st of February, 2023.
The remainder of the Lady Hawks golf schedule can be found here.
This one of two remaining teams on the Hawks athletic side that hasn’t gotten their season and conference play underway. The Hawks softball team had a couple of off-the-record scrimmages that took place during the fall semester of 2022 to get all of the newcomers into the program for the softball program experience and catch them up to speed of what it is like playing at the collegiate level.
Moving forward in the preseason polls for the GLVC conference, where they were ranked 10th out of 13 teams in the preseason polls moving into the regular season as they begin action and play.
Link to the standings can be found here
The Hawks will open up their season when they travel to Emporia, Kansas when they take on Washburn University on the road to start their season.
The rest of the Hawks softball season schedule can be found here.
The second of two teams on the Hawks athletic side that hasn’t gotten their season and conference play that has yet to get underway so far in the year and season of the spring 2023 semester.
The Hawks Womens lacrosse team had a couple of off-the-record scrimmages as well that took place during the fall semester of 2022, also including their most recent preseason scheduled opponent in 2023 when they most recently defeated Culver Stockton College when they took down the Peacocks by a total score of 17 to 2 in a game.
The Hawks will be headlined in their upcoming season as they move forward into the main part of the season by Danielle Robinson, senior midfielder who leads the team in cumulative points, also by up-and-coming Josie Szmanda, a junior who helped lead the team in their overall success in the recent year as well as transfer Patricia Chavira, senior who will impact in the Hawks success in this up and coming year.
The Hawks Womens lacrosse schedule for the 2023 season as they begin on Friday, February 10, 2023 when they face off against Davenport University and continue play through the season which can be found here.
For all of the Hawks faithful that is wanting to keep up with any of the teams action as their seasons progress into the future games, matches and events moving forward as well as those that have been completed already. It all can be found of the livestream network for the conference, the GLVC network, which can be located at glvc.com/quincy for upcoming events.
They can be streamed live as well as all of the action kept under the on-demand section on the glvcsn.com/quincy URL if you’re unable to keep up with the Hawks most recent action live.