Junior Katherine Hendricks set a new Vanderbilt record in the pole vault at 12-00.50 feet at the Sooner Invitational held in Norman, Okla., last April, and senior Buky Bamigboye set a school record in the heptathlon with 5,527 points en route to finishing fourth in the women’s heptathlon at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May.
Vanderbilt tennis player Ryan Lipman became the first freshman player in school history to earn first-team All-SEC honors in April. He was named Co-SEC Freshman of the Year and was selected to the first-team All-SEC. Ranked 35th nationally, he was the only freshman in the SEC to play the season in the No. 1 singles position and compiled a 22–13 overall record. “It is a great achievement to be the first-ever Vanderbilt freshman to garner first-team All-SEC honors,” says Head Coach Ian Duvenhage. “I am excited to see what additional firsts are in his future.”
Vanderbilt earned a fifth-place finish in the NCAA Tournament in April for the second consecutive year, losing to defending national champion and top-ranked Nebraska in the third round. Vanderbilt won the first game of the best-of-seven Baker format, but dropped the next four. The tournament title went to Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Catherine Newman was named a first-team All-SEC selection in April, becoming the third player in school history to earn All-SEC honors all four years. She also was named the SEC Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league coaches. She was on the dean’s list every semester at Vanderbilt while majoring in civil engineering. She plans to earn her graduate degree in civil engineering at Stanford University. Sophomore Chelsea Preeg was named second-team All-SEC while playing mostly No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
Five Commodores were named to the All-American Lacrosse Conference team in May. Senior Sarah Downing, senior Alex Mundy and sophomore Ally Carey were named to the ALC first team, while senior Carter Foote and sophomore Natalie Wills received second-team honors. Vanderbilt finished the season with a 12–6 record.
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