COLLEGE CORNER: WVW grad, Collin Vest, finishes collegiate with gold

Vest won 4th gold in 1-meter dive

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader



    Collin Vest wrapped up his career diving for the Clarion men’s swim team by capturing his fourth national championship at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

    Vest, a Wyoming Valley West grad, finished first in the 1-meter dive last Friday with a score of 534.55 beating out the second-place finisher by more than 20 points. He’s battled injuries much of the season but his performance impressed even Golden Eagles coach Dave Hrovat who has had 48 national champions in his tenure with the college.

    “Collin was zoned in all day long and very centered,” the coach told the media after the meet. “I couldn’t be more proud of what he did tonight and throughout his entire career. He went through a lot this year and he deserved to go out a champion.”

    It was Vest’s third national title in the 1-meter. He also has one in the 3-meter and ends his career with eight All-American certificates. Last Wednesday, Vest earned All-American honors by finishing fourth in the 3-meter dive with a score of 471.55.

    A bronze for Jendrzejewski

    Lebanon Valley senior tri-captain, Olivia Jendrzejewski, earned the third All-American honor of her career when she captured the bronze medal for finishing third in the high jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships last Saturday in Naperville, Ill. Her 5 foot, 6 ½ inch effort was .03 behind the champion. She also finished 16th in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5 ¼ inches.

    The Hanover Area grad, who had six first place finishes in the high jump including the ECAC Division III Championships and the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship this winter, has earned all three of her All-American certificates in the high jump. She finished 2nd last winter and was 5th in the outdoor championships last spring.

    Prior to this year’s NCAA meet, Jendrzejewski was named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mideast Region Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year on March 8. It was her second straight USTFCCCA honor. Earlier this month, she was named All-Region in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.

    Koshinski at league meet

    West Virginia sophomore Kirah Koshinski will be competing in the Big 12 Women’s Gymnastics Championships Saturday in Frisco, TX. The Berwick Area grad will be competing in the vault and floor exercise and maybe the balance beam for the Mountaineers. She finished third in the vault at last year’s league meet and just missed earning a spot in the NCAA Championship after finishing second in the Regionals.

    Koshinski is currently ranked 13th nationally in the vault (9.9) and 18th in floor exercise (9.905) nationally, third in floor and fifth in vault in the Southeast Region and fourth in the vault and sixth in floor in the Big 12.

    “Kirah’s consistency is just amazing both in the gym and in competition,” coach Jason Butts said. “She has been training really hard and competes so well on vault, beam and floor and has been rock steady this season. And, she’s grown into a team player. She just wants to get the team to the NCAAs.”

    Duo helping Morgan St. softball

    Sophomore Mikaela Browdy, a Hazleton Area grad, is starting at shortstop for the Morgan State softball team, the Bears 6-3 on the season. She’s hitting .304 (7 for 23) with two RBIs. In the field, Browdy’s made three errors on 23 chances. Freshman Haylee Bobos, a Hanover Area grad, is seeing action as the designated hitter. In seven games with three starts, she’s hitting .429 with six hits in 14 at bats.

    Big game for Bassham

    Rollins senior Dylan Bassham scored a career-high three goals on just five shots but the Tars dropped an 8-7 decision to New York Tech on March 5 in Winter Park, Fla.

    Bassham, from Mountain Top and a Wyoming Seminary grad, has five goals on the season to help Rollins get off to a 4-2 start. The 5-foot-10, 180 pound midfield entered this season having scored three goals with five assists in 28 games.

    Marriggi’s a closer

    Junior David Marriggi is the closer on the 8-3 Towson baseball team. The 5-9, 160-pound left-hander has pitched on three games and has a victory and two saves.

    The Coughlin grad has a 3.38 earned run average. In eight innings, he’s given up nine hits and three runs, all earned, with four walks and four strikeouts. Marriggi entered this season having pitched in 36 games with six starts with a 2-6 record and two saves.

    Snyder pitching in

    Senior Elliot Snyder has pitched in four games and has a save for the Widener baseball team, the Pride 6-4 on the season. The Crestwood grad picked up his save in a season-opening 4-2 victory over Washington College on Feb. 25 in Chester Town, Md.

    Snyder has a 3.00 earned run average, working six innings and giving up eight hits, two runs, both earned, with four walks and five strikeouts. He’s pitched in 16 games and was 1-1 with two saves as a junior.

    Deno honored again – Junior Nick Deno has made three starts for the 5-5 King’s baseball team and the 5-11, 185-pound right-hander has earned Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Pitcher of the Week after all three of them.

    The Hanover Area grad picked up his latest award on Monday after an 11-strikeout complete game 4-2 victory over Juniata last Friday in Auburndale, Fla. Deno has had at least one strikeout in all seven innings, including three in the first and the final two outs in the seventh. He’s 2-0 with a 1.89 earned run average. In 19 innings, he’s given up 11 hits, four runs and five walks with 20 strikeouts.

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    Vest won 4th gold in 1-meter dive

    By Bill Arsenault

    For Times Leader

    Reach Times Leader sports at 570-829-7143 or on Twitter @tlsports.

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