Sports other than women's basketball take the headlines for today's Cardinal Couple column. Two are, thankfully, indoors -- as Louisville swimming and diving starts their quest in the ACC Championships in Greensboro and Louisville Track and Field hosts the Lenny Lyles Cardinal Invitational at the brand new Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center in Louisville's West End. The third event was in "warmer than here" Melbourne, Florida.
WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES 10th IN MOON INVITATIONAL
The Louisville women's golf squad wrapped up action in the Moon Golf Invitational yesterday. The Cards fired a combined 3-over-par 291 to end up in tenth place overall in the event.
Mairead Martin had the hot hand for UofL yesterday, firing a 3-under-par 69 in the final round. She ended up in a tie for 13th overall in the three day event with teammates Lauren Hartlage and Hana Ryskova. Hartlage carded a 1-under-par 71 on the final day and Ryskova fired a 77 on her final day. All three Louisville golfers toured the 54-hole event with a 215.
Augustina Cisernos-Gomez had a 74 on the final day and finished 82nd with a three-day total of 231. Margot Bechaderque's 81 on the final 18th gave her a three-day total of 234.
First place in the event was taken by South Carolina, who finished at 24-under-par. Seocnd place went to LSU at 18-under-par.
The Cards return to action March 13-14 in the Valspar Invitational in Augusta, GA.
ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN TODAY FOR SWIM/DIVE
The Cardinal Women's Swim and Dive squads take part in the ACC Championships today at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. It's a four day session (Feb 17-20) for the Cards, who placed third in the Championships last year -- behind North Carolina State and 2020 winners Virginia.
Louisville's Alena Kraus was named ACC Swimmer of the Week a couple of weeks for her performance in the 100 fly and 200 free events and is a contender to win both of these events in Greensboro for the Cardinal women.
The Cards also hope to score well in the 200 medley relay, which they won against Cincinnati a few weeks ago. Louisville also had winning performances from Maddie Luther in the 1000 freestyle, and Ashlyn Schoof in the 100 backstroke.
Louisville goes into the ACC Championships ranked 12th in the CSCAA poll from Feb 11th. Virginia is #2 in the poll and North Carolina State is #11. Other ACC women's swimming programs in the top 25 are #13 North Carolina, #14 Notre Dame, #15 Virginia Tech and #24 Duke. The events can be viewed on ACCNX, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. each day.
LENNY LYLES/CARDINAL INVITATIONAL
The University of Louisville men's and women's track and field programs will host their inaugural indoor meet, the Lenny Lyles Cardinal Invitational on Wednesday at the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center. The event will be the first indoor track and field meet staged in the newly constructed facility located at 3029 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.
"We are excited to host UofL's first-ever indoor competition on Wednesday," said UofL head coach Dale Cowper. "The Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center is as fantastic facility and we are thrilled that the Lenny Lyles Cardinal Invitational will be the first event held there."
In addition to Louisville, the meet will also feature Bellarmine, Eastern Kentucky and Notre Dame and is slated to start at 12 p.m.
Have a warm Wednesday!