The Zips finished seventh at the MAC Championships with 287 points at Ocasek Natatorium at the University of Akron. Toledo was the champion with 635 points, with Ohio second (612) and Miami third (524).

Rachel Szymkowiak set a school record in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.30) on the final day and finished 13th. Catherine Carr set a school record Friday in the 400 individual medley (4:20.09) and took eighth in the 200 butterfly.

Carla McNamara had a personal best score of 315.70 to finish fifth in the 3-meter diving and Leeanna Hoover was sixth (311.90).

Kelsea Cross finished sixth with a personal best time of 1:59.42 in the 200 backstroke, second-best score in the programís history, and Becca Zinmer was 14th.


The University of Akron lost its first match of the season 4-3 to 44th-ranked Brown in Providence, R.I., after the Zips defeated Dartmouth 6-1 Friday night on the road.

Doubles victories came from the duos of No. 1 team Zara Harutyunyan and Prang Prantusart and No. 3 Angelina Jogasuria and Olga Shkundina, and single victories came from Shkundina and Jogasuria.

The Zips are off until March 11 and 12, when they travel to Sedona, Ariz., to face Northern Arizona and New Mexico.


Kent State finished eighth with an even par 864 in the 24-team field after the third and final round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, presented by Cleveland Golf at the par 72 Classic Golf Course in Palm Springs,? Calif.

Corey Conners of the Golden Flashes finished the tournament with his second subpar round, shooting a 4-under par 68, and finished tied for second with an overall score of 6-under 210 in the individual standings.

Mackenzie Hughes tied for 40th with a score of 219, Taylor Pendrith tied for 44th with 220, Kevin Miller tied for 52nd at 222 and Kyle Kmiecik tied for 96th with 231.


Kent State finished the weekend by winning two out of three games and defeated host Lipscomb 4-0 Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

Right-hander Tyler Skulina and relievers Michael Clark and Casey Wilson combined on a four-hitter.

Skulina is 2-0 and struck out six in seven innings, allowing just two hits and two walks.

Clark and Wilson each worked one inning, gave up one hit and had one strikeout.

The Golden Flashes scored a run in the seventh and three in the ninth. Junior center fielder Evan Campbell drove in third baseman Sawyer Polen, who reached base on a wild pitch as he struck out and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on another wild pitch.

In the ninth, senior catcher David Lyon laced a two-run double to left to score Derek Toadvine and Campbell. Lyon scored on an infield single by first baseman George Roberts.

Lyon, shortstop Jimmy Rider and designated hitter T.J. Sutton each had two base hits.

Kent plays this weekend at Western Kentucky.


Kent State improved to 3-2 at the Wolfpack Challenge with victories over host North Carolina State and Georgetown Saturday and a 5-2 loss to Pitt Sunday.

Freshman Kim Kirkpatrick and senior Shannon Laughlin each had a solo home run for the Flashes.

The Golden Flashes (4-5) defeated N.C. State 15-8 with 15 hits and shut out Georgetown 8-0. Lauren McNeal (Archbishop Hoban) got her third win of the season against N.C. State and Emma Johnson was the winner against Georgetown.

Abbey Ledford and Jess Blanton were named to the all-tournament team.

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The University of Akron was defeated by USC 10-2 Saturday. Joey Havrilak was 2-for-4 with a second inning home run, Sam Watkins was 3-for-4 and Tyler Begun had two hits for the Zips (0-5).

ó Staff report