DULUTH, Ga. — The NCAA women’s gymnastics championship came down to the final routine, just as Alabama coach Sarah Patterson expected. Patterson was confident because she had senior Ashley Priess set for that last routine. Priess closed Alabama’s decisive balance beam rotation with a 9.950 and the Crimson Tide edged No. 1 seed Florida to win its second consecutive championship on Saturday.
NORMAN, Okla. — Trailing by more than two points with two rotations remaining, Illinois coach Justin Spring guided his gymnasts toward the pommel horse, an event in which the Illini had been inconsistent all season. They picked the right time to post their season-high score in the event. A 60.75 put Illinois within striking distance and the Illini followed with a strong performance on the rings to pass No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday night and win their first NCAA title since 1989.
LAFAYETTE, La. — Pitcher Jordan Wallace broke an NCAA record for a freshman with her 21st consecutive win to begin her career, and Christi Orgeron tied the single-season grand slam record with her sixth of the season as the seventh-ranked Cajuns swept a twinbill against Florida Atlantic 21-0 and 10-2 on Saturday afternoon at Lamson Park.
WACO, Texas — Dan Evatt’s two-run single in the sixth erased a 5-4 deficit, and No. 13 Baylor held on for a 7-5 win to complete a series sweep of No. 4 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. With the win, Baylor (35-7, 18-0 Big 12) broke a Big 12 record with its 18th consecutive conference victory. The Bears have won 24 in a row overall, which is the longest winning streak in Big 12 history.
COLCHESTER, Vt. — No. 6 New Haven defeated Saint Michael’s 17-4 on Sunday afternoon. New Haven’s Ashley Ferrandiz scored three goals and handed out six assists for a total of nine points in the win. With the points, Ferrandiz improved her season total to 80 and crossed the 300 career-points plateau. With 225 career points entering the season, Ferrandiz now boasts a career total of 305 points and becomes the first Charger to cross the 300-point mark.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Second-ranked Virginia won its sixth consecutive ACC tournament title with a 4-1 victory against eighth-ranked Duke in Sunday’s championship match at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The match was moved indoors due to rain, but that didn’t faze the Cavaliers (24-1) as they defeated the Blue Devils (22-5) in the final for the third consecutive year.
FORT LEE, Va. — Like a seasoned group of card players sitting around the same table, Fayetteville State had its reads, its signals — and its game — completely down cold. Through the twisting fairways of Cardinal Golf Course, the Broncos passed each other often, giving each other unofficial updates on where they stood against the other players in their respective groups. Using this kind of links math, the Broncos knew they were in good shape. Fayetteville State captured its 26th league championship and the 11th CIAA title in the past 15 years after winning the conference tournament by six strokes against Virginia State on Friday.
MORTON, Minn. — No. 18 Augustana (S.D.) won the Northern Sun championship for the third consecutive season. Behind medalist Maggie Leland, the Vikings fired a final-round score of 313 Sunday at the Dacotah Ridge Golf Course to win the three-round conference tournament with a 926. Augustana entered the final round of the tournament, which kicked off with 36 holes this past fall, with a 40-stroke lead. The Vikings extended it to 54 strokes by the end of Sunday, bettering Concordia’s (Minn.) 980.
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field
PETERSBURG, Va. — Top-ranked Saint Augustine’s coasted to a victory at the CIAA Championships on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Stadium on the campus of Virginia State. The Falcons claimed their 15th consecutive league crown and 29th title in the last 30 CIAA Championship meets under legendary head coach George Williams by a lopsided score. They compiled 216 points to easily defeat the rest of the men’s field. Virginia State was second with 88 points and Johnson C. Smith University was third with 84 points.
WORCESTER, Mass. — For the second consecutive season, Wellesley can lay claim to the NEWMAC Championship. The Blue’s varsity eight edged out second-place Coast Guard in collecting their third overall title at the 2012 league championship on Lake Quinsigamond on Saturday morning. Wellesley, who posted a time of 7:26.4, was nearly four seconds ahead of the Bears (7:30.3). Smith turned in a third-place finish with a time of 7:37.3 with WPI close behind (7:38.1). Mount Holyoke (8:02.1) and Clark (8:17.3) rounded out the field.