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Saturday At Manchester University


The Manchester University Spartans had a busy day in many different sports Saturday.

Poole Earns Two Events Wins as MU Swims at Olivet Saturday

Sophomore Christain Poole earned victories in the 100-fly and 100-freestyle.

OLIVET, Mich. – The Manchester University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed against Olivet College and Anderson University on Saturday in Michigan.

  • Christain Poole (Anderson, Ind. / Anderson) earned a first-place finish in the 100-fly with a top time of 57.30.
  • Poole also claimed an event win in the 100-freestyle with a time of 50.80.
  • Anjel Clemente (Rensselaer, Ind. / Rennselaer) placed second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 238.75.
  • Guerby Ruuska (Rensselaer, Ind. / Central) placed third in the 50-free, posting a time of 23.98.
  • Shelby Kell (Charlottesville, Ind. / Eastern Hancock) placed third in the women’s 50-free with a final time of 27.43.

The Manchester University swimming and diving teams will gear up for the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, which will be held February 14-16 at the Vigo County Aquatics Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. Rose-Hulman will serve as the host institution.

Manchester Falls to Nationally-Ranked Pioneers on Senior Day

The MU women’s basketball team honored its five seniors on Saturday.

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University women’s basketball program honored its senior class before taking on No. 22 Transylvania on Saturday afternoon. Prior to tip, seniors Isabella Zoog (Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg), Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central), Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll), Sara Carder (Ney, Ohio / Fairview) and Maddy Minehart (Auburn, Ind. / Eastside) were all honored with their families on the floor during a pregame ceremony.

The Spartans were not able to snap No. 22 Transylvania’s lengthy win streak as the Pioneers won by an 82-48 final. Transy has won 14 straight games and move to 19-2, 13-1 HCAC on the season.

Senior Maddy Minehart led the Spartans with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Sara Carder added a season-high eight points and two rebounds. Beth Schaefer finished with eight points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal. Faith-Alexis Graham grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists. Isabella Zoog added two assists and one steal. Freshman Abby Walker (Cloverdale, Ind. / Cloverdale) added a three-pointer off the bench for MU.

Manchester will be back in action in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Monday February 4 at 7:30 p.m. against Earlham.

Buzzer Beater Sinks Spartans on Saturday

Visiting Transylvania hit a three-pointer with 2 seconds remaining to stop MU on Saturday

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester’s four-game win streak came to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday afternoon as visiting Transylvania edged the Spartans 74-73 in a wild finish in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

Trailing by one with 31 seconds left to play, Manchester University looked to is senior guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind. / Fall Creek) to make a play. Isolated near midcourt, Johnson let the clock roll down to 5 seconds before making his move. Johnson stopped at the top of the key and buried a three-pointer with just 2.6 seconds left, giving the Spartans a 73-71 lead.

After a full timeouts by both teams. The Pioneers threw the ball to midcourt and called yet another timeout to setup one final heave. TU’s Devin Twenty threw a pass crosscourt that found Gabe Schmitt open for a three in front of the Transylvania bench. Schmitt’s three was good and left just 0.2 seconds remaining in the game. Manchester’s inbound pass was deflected, allowing time to expire.

Saturday’s contest was even in numerous categories. The Pioneers and Spartans both made 26 field goals (TU – 26-of-57; MU – 26-of-55) and 6 three-pointers (TU – 6-of-21; MU – 6-of-15). Transylvania finished 16-of-22 (73 percent) from the free throw line while Manchester shot 15-of-24 (63 percent) from the charity stripe. The biggest difference in Saturday’s game came down to rebounding. TU held a 41-30 advantage on the glass and had 17 offensive rebounds.

Johnson, who was honored prior to tip during a Senior Day ceremony, led MU with 26 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and one block. Johnson is just 19 points shy of moving into fourth all-time in school history in scoring. Cornell Hampton (Griffith, Ind. / Griffith) added 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. Nathan Carbaugh (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Northside) added 13 points and 5 boards.

Transylvania improved to 13-8, 10-4 HCAC. Manchester now sits at 9-11, 6-7 HCAC. The Spartans will look to bounce back on Monday February 4 at Franklin College. Tip against the Grizzlies is set for 7:30 p.m.

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