Athletics Updates: Gymnastics Team Wins Second Consecutive WIAC Title

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They call it March Madness for a reason.

The home stretch for winter athletics has arrived for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Titans, with seasons of basketball, gymnastics, wrestling and track and field coming to a decisive end in the days and weeks to come.

To keep you up to date with everything happening in Titan athletics, here’s a sport-by-sport roundup of the latest news. For deeper dives, stats and more, visit UW Oshkosh Athletics.

🤸‍♀️ Titan Gymnastics Team Wins Second Consecutive WIAC Title

UWO edged UW-Whitewater by less than a point in the event’s final rotation to successfully defend their title at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Gymnastics Championship on Saturday in Whitewater.

UWO and UW-Whitewater entered the final rotation tied with a score of 144.550. The Titans then beat the Warhawks, 47.750-47.325, on balance beam to win its 16th WIAC championship in program history.

The UWO, which went undefeated against its Division III opponents during the regular season, won this year’s conference title with a record score of 192.300. In addition to their beam score, the Titans also posted team scores of 48.80 on uneven bars, 47.975 on floor and 47.775 on vault. UWO set the school and Division III record with its uneven bars score.

Saturday’s conference rally also served as the Western Region’s qualifier for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championship to be held March 26 at Ithaca College in New York. The top three championship teams from WIAC, UWO, UW-Whitewater and UW-La Crosse, along with several qualified gymnasts, qualified for the NCGA competition.

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🏀 Women’s basketball moves to the Sweet 16

The UWO returns to the third round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship for the third consecutive tournament after ousting host and nationally ranked Simpson College, 64-56, in the regional title game of ‘Indianola Saturday.

Nikki Arneson had 20 team-leading points and Leah Porath added 18 as the UWO kept Simpson College’s prolific offense at its lowest since the 2017-18 campaign.

UWO (21-6) had 18-16 leads after one quarter, 40-31 at halftime and 48-45 early in the final period en route to snapping the Storm’s 23-game winning streak this season and 21 home games. The Titans never trailed after Kennedy Osterman drilled a 3-pointer for a 31-29 advantage at 3:26 of the second quarter midway down 10 unanswered points.

Saturday’s Indianola Regional Championship game was delayed nearly two hours due to a tornado warning in the area.

UWO advance to face 10th-ranked Baldwin Wallace University in Whitewater on March 11. Playing time is yet to be determined. Baldwin Wallace University (23-4) advanced to the third round with a 66-54 victory at Gettysburg College (25-4) on Saturday.

The UWO, which has won at least one game in its last 14 NCAA playoff trips, is looking to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 1999. The Titans, Division III champions in 1996 and finalists in 1995, have recently made Sweet 16 appearances in 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

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🏀 Titan men fall in second round of NCAA Tournament

Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) got an offensive rebound and a layup from Cole Frilling with nine seconds left as the Spartans came back from a deep second-half deficit to defeat the men’s basketball team -ball UWO nationally ranked, 77-74, during the Oshkosh Regional Final of the NCAA Division III Championship Saturday at the Kolf Athletic Center.

Case Western Reserve University (20-6), making their Division III Championship debut, trailed as much as 16 points twice early in the second half before cutting their deficit to 51-48 in the second half. middle of the period. The Spartans then forged ties at 55, 57 and 60 until they regained their first lead since the opening two minutes of the game at 62-60 with 4:08 remaining after a pair of Frilling free throws. Frilling’s eventual winning field goal in the paint and two marks to the charity stripe were his only four points of the night.

UWO led 41-27 at halftime and held their biggest 16-point lead at 43-27 after a Cole Booth layup 14 seconds into the second period and again at 45-29 after. a Plamann lay-up with 18:07 to go.

The Titans were making their sixth straight trip and 11th overall in the NCAA playoffs.

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🏃 Men’s indoor track and field wins WIAC championship

The depth of the UWO men’s indoor track and field program was on display as the Titans totaled 35 top-eight finishes, including five event wins, to claim the team title at the WIAC Championship which s is held Friday and Saturday in Platteville.

The UWO amassed 172 points during the championship to surpass the 128.5 total for second place by 19 times defending UW-La Crosse champion. The Titans, who finished runners-up in the 2020 championship before the 2021 league fixture was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, had previously won WIAC titles in 1971, 1973, 1989, 1999 and 2001. The margin of victory of UWO at this year’s championship was the biggest in program history.

UWO, which ranks first nationally in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s NCAA Division III Indoor Rating Index, achieved the overall score for this year with the help of 25 points in the 200 meters, 24 in the 60 meters, 21 in the triple jump and 17 in the 400 and 800 meters.

The Titans will play in the Last Chance National Qualifiers at colleges in Ripon and Wartburg, Iowa, on March 4-5 before heading to the Division III Championship on March 11-12 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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🤼‍♀️ Three Titans advance to NCAA Championship

UWO’s Jordan Lemcke, Preston Morgan and Beau Yineman had the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship following their performances at the Upper Midwest Regional held Friday and Saturday in Eau Claire.

Lemcke finished second in the 285-pound weight class at regional while Morgan and Yineman placed third at 165 and 197 pounds, respectively. The three Titans will make their first Division III Championship appearance which is scheduled for March 11-12 this year at the Alliant Energy Powerhouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The last time the UWO was represented by more than three wrestlers at the national meet was in 2012, when four competed.

Thirty wrestlers, the top three in each of the 10 Upper Midwest Regional weight classes qualified for the Division III championship.

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