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Coe College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Okamoto is big surprise for Coe swimmers

Ayaka Okamoto came to Coe College last summer to learn English and American culture.

By the time she heads back home to Tokyo at the end of the academic year, she’ll have her name prominently listed on the big record-board at the Coe swimming pool on campus.

At the elite Liberal Arts Swimming Championships held the past four days at Principia College in Elsah, Ill., Okamoto finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in record-breaking time. She also swam on several relays that earned medals at the major meet.

No one could be more tickled by the happy happenstance than Okamoto herself or Coach Brian Ruffles.

“I didn’t meet her until the first week of classes in the fall,” says Ruffles. “She’s been a wonderful surprise.”

Indeed, she won her very first race in Coe’s first dual competition back in October and hasn’t stopped winning ever since. Twice this year she was named Iowa Conference Swimmer of the Week.

Besides her numerous relay and backstroke marks, she also has set a school record in the butterfly.

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Vonderhaar paces Coe by Simpson

INDIANOLA - Matt Vonderhaar tossed in 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday as Coe dunked Simpson, 87-66, in an Iowa Conference men's basketball game at the Cowles Fieldhouse in Indianola.

Marshall Shedeck collected 14 points and nine rebounds for the Kohawks (9-14, 4-8). Lincoln Vorba scored 13 points. Jake Timm stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Timm became the fourth player in school history with more than 400 career assists.

Coe shot 49.1 percent from the field and canned 22 of 25 free throws.
Simpson made only 31.1 percent of its shots from the field.

Sam Amsbaugh led Simpson with 16 points.

COE (87): Shedeck 4 3-3 14, Fahey 3 2-2 8, Timm 3 4-5 10, Vonderhaar 6 6-6 20, Meyer 2 4-5 8, Moellenbeck 1 0-0 3, Jirak 0 0-0 0, Halupnik 0 0-0 0, Vorba 5 0-0 13, Pflughaupt 2 0-0 6, Wadsager 0 3-4 3, Constable 0 0-0 0, Reichelt 0 0-0 0, Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 22-25 87.

SIMPSON (66): Olson 2 0-0 5, Turner 2 2-2 8, Gretzky 2 2-2 6, Anderson 2 0-0 5, Skaar 2 1-2 7, Rajewski 0 2-2 2, Thompson 1 0-0 3, Cayce Good 0 0-0 0, Dafney 2 2-2 6, Cody Good 1 0-0 3, Smith 1 2-2 5, Amsbaugh 4 8-12 16, Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Singleton 0 0-0 0, Isabel 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 19-24 66.

Halftime - Coe 47, Simpson 34. 3-point goals - Coe 11 (Shedeck 3, Vorba 3, Vonderhaar 2, Pflughaupt 2, Moellenbeck 1), Simpson 9 (Turner 2, Skaar 2, Olson 1, Anderson 1, Thompson 1, Smith 1, Cody Good 1).

 

Kohawk women fall to Simpson

INDIANOLA - Maddie Bosworth scored 18 points Saturday as Simpson defeated Coe, 77-68, in an Iowa Conference women's basketball game at the Cowles Fieldhouse in Indianola.

Noreen Morrow had 16 points and Britney Boland added 13 for Simpson (14-9, 7-5).

Jordan Holmes led the Kohawks with 14 points and nine rebounds. Mickey Hansche scored 11 points and Aleena Hobbs had 10 points for Coe (13-10, 4-8).

Hobbs broke her own single-season school record with 115 made free throws.

COE (68): Stulken 2 2-3 6, Wirth 0 0-0 0, Hobbs 2 6-6 10, Hansche 4 1-1 11, Lehman 4 0-1 9, Holmes 6 0-0 14, Boltz 1 0-0 3, McCrary 3 2-2 9, Lehmann 3 0-0 6. Totals 25 11-13 68.

SIMPSON (77): Boland 4 2-2 13, Morrow 6 4-5 16, Van Wyke 1 0-0 3, Bosworth 6 6-6 18, Haupt 2 2-2 7, Lankford 3 1-2 7, Mauro 1 0-0 3, Daising 1 0-0 2, Ahrenholtz 2 4-4 8, Gullickson 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 19-21 77.

Halftime - Simpson 36, Coe 33. 3-point goals - Coe 7 (Hansche 2, Holmes 2, Lehman 1, Boltz 1, McCrary 1), Simpson 6 (Boland 3, Van Wyk 1, Haupt 1, Mauro 1).

 

   

Faidley, Fitzgerald win for Coe swimmers

ELSAH, Ill. - Corbin Faidley and Sam Fitzgerald captured titles for the Coe College swim team at the Liberal Arts Championships Saturday in Elsah, Ill.

Faidley took the men's 1650 freestyle in 16:22.58. Fitzgerald won the women's 200 breaststroke in 2:23.84.

The Kohawks placed third in the women's 400 freestyle relay in 3:39.79 with Ayaka Okamoto, Fitzgerald, Katy Appler and Alanna Thompson.

 

Coe men blank Cornell in tennis

The Coe men's tennis team blanked Cornell, 9-0, Saturday at the Clark Racquet Center to give the Kohawks a 10-1 lead in the Bremner Cup All-Sports Standings between the two schools.

Riley Galbraith defeated Gabriel Souza, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 1 singles for the Kohawks (3-1).

COE 9, CORNELL 0

Singles

1. Riley Galbraith (COE) def. Gabriel Souza, 7-5, 6-2 2. Ryan Hickman (COE) def. Tucker Barnes, 6-0, 6-1 3. Evgeny Pakhomenko (COE) def. Corey Duncan, 6-1, 6-0 4. Nate Ackert (COE) def. Tom Greene, 6-2, 6-1 5. Zack Decker (COE) def. Alex Rand, 6-0, 6-0 6. Josh Pudlo (COE) def. Auston Sack, 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

1. Galbraith/Hickman (COE) def. Barnes/Souza, 8-2 2. Decker/Mark Kroll (COE) def. Greene/Rand, 8-2 3. Chad Moklestad/Pudlo (COE) def. Duncan/Sack, 8-0

   
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