The Rhode Island College women’s swim team took a loss at University of St. Joseph last week, with a schore of 126-116. They were, however, able to take victories in 10 of the 16 events. St. Joseph took most of the second and third places, though, giving them the extra points to pass RIC in points and obtain the win.
Anchorwoman Abbie Leazes obtained three victories, taking the 1,000 yard freestyle, the 500 yard freestyle and even getting first place for the 200 yard medley. Sophomore Sydney Curran placed first in the 200 yard freestyle, the 100 yard breast, the 100 yard IM and the 200 yard medley relay.
The Anchorwomen saw successes in other events, though. At the women’s Blue Jay Pentathlon, Curran also placed third overall in the combined events, with a time of 5:56.84. This past week at the Louise Goodrum Invitational, she again placed first in the 100 yard breast, as well as second in the 50 yard breast and fifth in both the 50 yard butterfly and the 100 yard IM. She placed ninth in the 50 yard freestyle.
Freshman Madison Lane finished eighth in the 500 yard freestyle, 14th in the 100 yard backstroke, 15th in the 100 yard free style and 27th in the 50 yard freestyle. The Anchorwomen placed ninth in the 200 yard medley relay and sixth place 200 yard freestyle relay.
In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will travel to compete against Western New England University on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.
This week the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team took on Farmingdale State and absolutely dominated, ending the game with a 71-47 score.
Top scorers for the Anchorwomen included Devin Hill and Rybecca Gonzalez. Hill scored 22 points in total while Gonzalez scored 16 points. Together, they were just 9 points shy of the total score of Farmingdale State. Both had five rebounds, along with Hill’s two assists and two steals. Their total shot percentage was 37.3 percent, with 25 out of 67 shots dropping.
One of the biggest factors during the game was the free throw shots. The Anchorwomen had a free throw percentage was 68.2 percent, with 15 for 22 free throws to add to their lead.
Saturday night, RIC also went up against Western New England.
Against Western New England, the Anchorwomen were once again able to crush the competition with a 71-45 victory, starting the season off with a 2-0 record. Hill came in for the clutch once again with a new career-high record, scoring 33 points and getting another five rebounds. The Anchorwomen’s quick paced play allowed them to quickly out score WNE and lead them to an easy win. Overall, RIC shot 45.3 percent and 93.8 percent from the free throw line.
Special congratulations go to Hill and Gonzalez who were placed in the All-Tournament team.
The rumors that the Russian track and field athletes will not compete in the Rio Olympics are indeed true, after accusations of using drugs to boost performance. The Russians were suspended by the International Association of Athletic Federations, who took immediate action against the Russians when suspicions arose about doping. This is the first time that a country has been suspended a country for drug use.
Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, thinks the athletes will be back during the Olympics, hoping only to miss one or two games. Mutko also stated that he has suspended over 300 Russian athletes for doping up.
The Russian athletes bribed the anti-doping agency and used fake names so no one would suspect anything. It was stated in the “New York Times” that a lab destroyed over 1,400 samples at one time.
It has been suggested by the World-Anti Doping Agency that lifetime bans should be placed on five coaches and five athletes that competed in the 2012 Olympic games in London for using dope during this competition. There could be hope for the athletes to return in time for the Rio games if it looks like the country has cleaned up and there has been doping.
Russia was supposed to host the 2018 World Cup, but now it does not seem likely. The arrangements seemed to be part of an under the table agreement made by the Russians and World Cup officials. Russia will also not be able to host the World Junior Championships in Kazan in 2016, nor will they be able to host 2016 World Race Walking Cup. All Russian athletes will not be allowed to compete in either of these competitions.
Rhode Island native, Will Blackmon of Cranston, got the first chance in his 10 year NFL career to play in New England last Sunday against the New England Patriots. Blackmon is a cornerback for the Washington Redskins. It was sentimental being back in New England. As the Redskins traveled from T.F Green airport, Will showed the team where he hung out as a child.
Blackmon was a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick. After graduating high school, Blackmon went on to play football for Boston College. He was the 4th round 2006 NFL Draft pick and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Blackmon also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks. Foot and knee injuries delayed his career with the Packers.
Finally recovered, Blackmon played in Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis. The first of half of his career he was a returner for the Giants and Packers. He now sees a lot of playing time as cornerback in Washington. The start in New England was his fourth of the season and 16th in the last 3 years.
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Anchormen forward Komla Dogbey has officially been named Little East Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year. Dogbey, a sophomore, started in 17 of the 18 games he played this past season. He finished the season with 16 goals and six assists. Dogbey lead the team with 87 shots and 16 goals. He is ranked the number 12 all-time Rhode Island College soccer player in both goals and points with 24 and 57 respectively.
In addition to being a recipient of the Offensive Player of the Year award, Dogbey has also been inducted into the All-Little East’s First Team where he is joined by teammate senior forward Jose Zarraga.
Zarraga, also named to the First Team, started in 16 of the 17 games he played in. He finished the season with a total of eight goals and six assists. He finished behind Dogbey in game-winning goals with only three. In Zarraga’s career at Rhode Island College, he has started 52 of the 69 games he has played, with a total of 20 goals, 12 assists, 52 points and five game-winning goals. He is number 15 for all-time in career goals—3 places from teammate Komla Dogbey.
Joining his teammates on the All-LEC squad is senior defender Joey Plude. Plude joins the All-Little East’s second team. He has started 15 of the 16 games he has played in this season and has established himself as the actual anchor for the Anchormen’s defensive unit during his time here at RIC. Plude has started 36 of the 37 games he has played in and has scored one goal and had two assists.
The Anchormen finished their season with an 11-7 overall record as a fourth seed and upset Eastern Connecticut in the semi-finals—the top seeded team in the league. The Anchormen fell valiantly in overtime to UMass Boston in the Little East Conference’s Men’s Soccer tournament in the Championship game.