A recap of UNCW sports in January

Bailey Swogger, Contributing Writer

January featured five Seahawk teams competing, including men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s tennis, women’s track and field and swimming and diving.

Men’s Basketball

The month of January could not have gone any better for Coach Siddle and the Seahawks, who finished the month with a 8-0 record and are amidst a 12 game winning streak. In January the team was led in scoring by Jaylen Sims (17.4 ppg) but have really been winning with all-around team performances. 

Women’s Basketball

Coach Barefoot looks to turn the ship in February after a rough 0-6 month for the Seahawks. Even with the month’s struggles, Sierra DaCosta had a good month as far as scoring goes. She averaged 17.1 points per game, and scored the most points in a quarter in Seahawk history on Jan. 9, when she put up 18 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime against Drexel.

Men’s Tennis

The Seahawks just began their 2022 campaign as they traveled to Gainesville, Florida for the ITA Kick-off Weekend. The team went 0-2 with losses to Florida State and Princeton. The number three doubles team that features senior Davide Innocenti and sophomore Reece Falck won their match in both contests.

Women’s Track and Field

The women’s indoor track and field team had three first-place finishes at the VMI Keydet Invitational on Jan. 21-22. Senior Courtney Lines won the 60 Meters with a time of 7.74 seconds. The 4000 Meter Relay Team, with Alexa Woltjen, Gabrielle Ryan, Gretchen Bingham and Kendall Hobbs came in first place with a time of 12:53.49. The Seahawks took first and third in the High Jump, as Rebekah Smith took first at 1.6 Meters and Lauren Taylor at third with 1.55 Meters. Also, Tori Whimple, who finished second, tied the school record in the triple jump at 11.85 Meters.

Swimming and Diving

The Seahawk Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams went 0-2 in Jan. against tough opponents, but the team did have some great individual performances nonetheless. Brooke Knisley won the 500 and 1000 freestyles in both meets. For the men’s team, two freshman placed first against South Carolina, Aidan Duffy in the 200 breaststroke and Will Goldey in the 200 backstroke. Freshman Sam O’Brien won the 500 freestyle at NC State. Henderson Louviere and David Fitch also placed first against NC State in 200 IM and 100 fly.