Grand Canyon University classes have ended and more than 5,000 students are graduating this week but the action from GCU Club Sports teams keeps rolling.
This weekend, 11 members of GCU club swimming will compete in the Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship in Riverside, Calif. The Lopes’ qualifying group includes six women (Brianna Hernandez-Haddock, Katrina Hurowj, Mariah Lamb, Riley Lium, Molly Santa Maria and Paris Sargent) and five men (Daniel Cardoso Lara, Parker Freeman, Nathaniel Lee, Cody McNeese and Zach Patterson).
GCU club golf takes a No. 4 national ranking into this weekend’s National Collegiate Club Golf Association Championship in Hot Springs, Ark. The Lopes’ eight-man contingent includes Zach Capel, Joe Knight, Jordan Yamamoto, Joey Russo, Tristan Koyl, Cole Anderson, Will McMahon and Grant Sandberg.
In other postseason action, the top-ranked GCU men’s lacrosse team opens playoff action Friday with a Southwestern Lacrosse Conference tournament semifinal against No. 14 California-Santa Barbara in Carlsbad, Calif. If the Lopes win, they will play in the SLC championship game on Sunday before turning their attention to the national tournament May 10-14. GCU has been ranked first in the nation for the past two weeks.
Several other GCU Club sports teams remain alive for the postseason:
- Club softball qualified for the National Club Softball Association World Series, which will be May 19-21 in Columbus, Georgia. The Lopes are ranked 15th in the nation and were the Pacific Regional runner-ups.
- The women’s lacrosse team, ranked second in Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates Division II, will play May 11-13 in the WCLA Division II National Championship in Salt Lake City. GCU repeated as the Western Women’s Lacrosse League Division II champions.
- Club baseball, ranked 14th in the nation, is awaiting word on a postseason bid after finishing 12-3 this season in the SoPac South Conference.