Owls break records over winter recess
Hunter O. Lyle—Sports Editor
As the 2019 Spring semester starts back up, academics rolling in full swing, it is time to reflect upon the winter break. Where the majority of Southern students most likely were able to eat good food, spend quality time with their families, and push that next visit to the gym to the new year.
While others celebrated the holidays, and took part in the seasonal cheer, there was no leisurely break for the Southern athletes. During those 37 days of non-educational enjoyment, history was made, and highlights recorded. Here’s what happened:
The women’s basketball team played a total of seven games over the holiday break, and held a record of 4-3 within those games. More importantly, junior forward Kiana Steinauer found herself in the record book for her outstanding 30-point, 30-rebound performance against Concordia College on Dec. 19. It was the first 30-rebound game in Southern’s history, the second 30-30 game in NE-10 Conference history, and the second 30-30 game in the Division II realm since 1996.
Like the woman’s team, the men also faced seven opponents, and they also went 4-3. Along with an above .500 record, the men also held onto their longest win streak of the year, which started Dec. 1 against Adelphi University, and ended seven games later when they were defeated by Southern New Hampshire University on Jan. 12. The team faced four NE-10 matchups, but were only able to claim one victory, which was against Merrimack College on Jan. 9.
The gymnastics team had it’s first two meets of the season, the first being a quad-meet against the University of Bridgeport, Yale and Rutgers University, and the latter being a meet against Brown University. While they were unable to grab the win in either meet, the Owls set the record for highest recorded score in a season opener in Southern history, with a score of 190.275.
Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving:
The men and women’s swimming and Diving team both had three meets over the break, facing Le Moyne College, the College of New Jersey, and Marist College. The women’s team was able to edge out Le Moyne and the College of New Jersey, while the men were only able to beat Le Moyne.
So now that 2019 is here, and the Southern spring semester is up and running again as usual, there is sure to be more records broken and riveting games to watch from the Owls athletics.