This Week In LMU Athletics

May 7, 2018

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Loyola Marymount University held its annual Graduation Ceremonies Saturday, May 5 and 74 LMU student-athletes participated during the 2018 Commencement Ceremonies on the LMU campus. The complete list of graduated athletes, as well as photos from Saturday morning’s reception can be found here

The Lions are NCAA Tournament bound! Three individual athletes found out last week that their seasons will continue as they prepare for the Division I NCAA Championships. Junior Riley Elmes looks to continue his historic season as one of the 10 at-large individual selections into the Stockton Regional, taking place May 14-16. The Stockton Regional includes 13 teams and 10 individuals. Five teams and one individual will advance to the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla. Elmes recorded seven top-5 finishes in 11 tournaments this season, including a win at the 2017 Wyoming Southern Dunes Invitational and a runner-up finish at the Oregon Duck Invitational where he tied the program record with a three-round 203. Elmes earned a top-five finish at the WCC Championships, leading to his second-consecutive All-WCC selection.

On the Tennis Courts, Freshman Veronica Miroshnichenko has been selected to represent LMU at the 2018 NCAA Singles Championship May 23-28 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., while she and fellow freshman, Eva Marie Voracek, will compete in the 2018 NCAA Doubles Championship. Miroshnichenko earned an at-large bid into the singles draw, while the Lion pair also earned the at-large big into the doubles draw. Both players participated in the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships earlier this year. Miroshnichenko was named West Coast Conference Co-Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-WCC First Team as a singles player while managing a 22-9 overall record, including a 15-5 mark at the top spot in LMU’s order during dual meet play. Miroshnichenko, currently ranked #45 in the ITA rankings, went 5-2 in WCC contests. Voracek joins Miroshnichenko as part of LMU’s talented doubles pair which most recently took home All-Tournament honors at the WCC Championship Tournament. The duo, which earned All-WCC First Team honors, has been ranked throughout the year, and currently owns a 22-7 overall record, including a 15-5 mark in dual matches while playing at the top of the order. The pair currently holds a #30 ranking according to the ITA.

As LMU prepares for the 2018 West Coast Conference Championship this weekend, a trio of Lion rowers have been named to All-WIRA teams following a strong showing at the WIRA Championships at the end of April. The 2018 WIRA Championships, hosted by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, were held on April 28 and 29 on the championship course at Lake Natoma in Gold River, California. Esther Broddin and Ellery Martin were named to the first team, while Jessica Apodaca took home a second team selection.

New Lions are LMU Bound as several teams have announced their incoming additions. Men’s basketball has recently added a local transfer who will be joining the team as a sophomore as well as a Bulgarian freshman that Coach Mike Dunlap believes is a “gem”. Volleyball added some more talent for Coach Aaron Mansfield to work with in his second season at LMU. Men’s Water Polo also announced their new class, which includes three Californians, a player who’s coach in an alum, and an international asset. 

This week, baseball, softball, and track continue their seasons after being on hiatus during graduation week. The softball team travels to BYU to battle for first place in the final series of the season. Both the Lions and Cougars share an identical 11-1 conference record and the winner of the series takes the WCC crown. Baseball has a single Tuesday game at Bakersfield before continuing their conference slate with three games at Santa Clara. The LMU track and field team will be split between the Oxy Invitational in Eagle Rock and the Portland Twilight in Oregon.

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