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Compiled by Nick Mendola, BA ’05; photos by Paul Hokanson
The 2010 season was a dream for the UB’s women’s rowing team, which completed another sterling season with its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and a historic win at the country’s largest intercollegiate race. “It was a great season,and I am very happy with the way things went this year,” says head coach Rudy Wieler.
For Wieler to say that is truly high praise. The former Canadian women’s national team coach guided Canada to a silver medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics. Now his Buffalo charges have earned their third consecutive Jack and Nancy Seitz Trophy as the women’s point champions at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa.
In April, the Bulls laid claim to their first CAA championship by edging out the team that denied them the same honors the previous season. Buffalo outscored Northeastern by one, 33-32, winning the Varsity Four and Second Varsity Eight while finishing second to Northeastern in the Varsity Eight.
The promise for Wieler’s crew doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon. The majority of Buffalo’s rowers and coxswains are underclassmen ready to defend their titles come 2011. “We had a lot of young kids make significant contributions and that bodes well for the future of our program,” Wieler says.
At this rate, the UB rowers may want to think up some ways to market their skills. Maybe they could put out a DVD called “Dad Vail Dynasty.” Just a thought.
As impressive as the rowing team’s feats are, the track and field team has a thing or two to say about titles.
Three members of the UB team competed in the NCAA Championships, helping the school to finish in the meet’s Top 25.
Thrower Kristy Woods earned headlines by breaking her own school record on the way to being named just the second All-American in the program’s history. Woods heaved the shot put 16.77 meters to finish in third place in her event, behind athletes from Oklahoma and Florida. Just a sophomore, Woods has two more opportunities at moving up to become a national champion.
Junior Matt Gac (hammer throw) and senior Tiffany Maskulinski (pole vault) also competed in the meet, which was held in Eugene, Ore. On top of the honor, Maskulinski was one of six Bulls on the team to be named to the Academic All-MAC Team. The exercise science major posted a 3.6 GPA and also was honored as a member of the Indoor Academic All-MAC Team and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team.
The UB Bulls football team has announced an agreement with Army to play four more games by the end of the 2020 season. The Bulls are 2-1 all-time against their intrastate rivals, including a 27-24 overtime win the last time the two teams met, in 2008 at UB Stadium.
“We are thrilled to extend our series with Army,” says Warde Manuel, UB director of athletics. “We know, evidenced by our outstanding crowd here in 2008, that Army is a great draw for our fans in Western New York, including our many military families.”
Buffalo’s expanding football reputation has another feather in its cap with an added game against Morgan State in 2012, which will give coach Jeff Quinn’s charges an unprecedented seven home games in a single season.
Attention UB Alumni Association members! Show your UB pride and help us welcome new head coach Jeff Quinn for the 2010 Bulls season. Your alumni association membership card gives you access to the exclusive Blue and White Stadium Club inside UB Stadium before each home game and during halftime.
The club opens two hours before each home game, and features special menu items not sold elsewhere in the stadium. Beer and wine are available for purchase to members 21 and older.
You’re not an Alumni Association member but want to come? Join today at www.alumni.buffalo.edu/join or call 1-800-284-5382. Another reason why membership is a big deal.
Women’s basketball’s Kourtney Brown breaks UB’s single-season record for rebounding in loss to Kent State.
Denise Harijanto of the women’s tennis team is named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Senior Player of the Year.
A record six UB teams earn perfect 1,000 scores in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate: men’s cross-country, women’s indoor track, softball, women’s swimming, women’s basketball and women’s tennis.
UB announces two-year agreement to continue radio broadcasts of football and basketball on WECK and WLVL in Western New York.
UB baseball infielder Brad Agustin named to 2010 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Mideast Region second team, the first Bull to earn honor since reinstatement in 2000. Agustin later signed with Normal CornBelters (Ill.) of the Frontier League.
Throwers Rachel Roberts and Kristy Woods finish in Top Ten at USA Track & Field Junior and Senior National Championships. In total, six Bulls compete at championships.
UB men’s basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon wins a gold medal as assistant coach of Team USA at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship in San Antonio, Texas.
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