Sophomore Anne Shirley Dassow from Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga Christian School on Friday became the first Grove City (Pa.) College athlete to win an NCAA Division III swimming or diving national championship since 2009. After finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly Thursday in Indianapolis, Dassow used a closing surge to win the 200 fly in a school- and Presidents' Athletic Conference-record time of 2:00.29. That was her fourth collegiate All-America finish. She will compete today in the 200 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay.
-University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Monica San Juan shared the second-best first-round score, 73, Friday in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic at Baton Rouge. UTC was seventh in the team standings at 315, one shot behind Mercer and two behind fifth-place Virginia in blustery conditions. Houston led the 12 teams with a 297. The Mocs' Cristina Perez shot 79, Megan Woods 80 and Holly Morgan 83.
-Outside hitter Victoria Cerino from Brentwood, Tenn., and Ravenwood High School and 6-foot-2 middle blocker Halli Henninger from Brentwod Academy are among the four recent signees UTC volleyball coach Travis Filar announced Friday. Both play for the Alliance Volleyball Club. The other new recruits are libero/defensive specialist Brenna Everingham from Noblesville, Ind., and outside hitter Nan Parrish from Raleigh, N.C., joining Maia Rackel, Jacqulyn Langhaim and Gylian Finch from the November signing period. Everingham represents the Munciana club program, and Parrish is from the Triangle Volleyball Club.
Track & Field
-UTC's Emily Poole finished second in the women's 10,000-meter run Friday in the Emory Invitational track and field meet in Atlanta, and teammate Rebekah Wich was fifth in her 10k debut. The Mocs' Taylor Grayson was seventh in the women's weight throw with a career-best distance.
-Lee University won 6-4 and lost 7-0 in Gulf South Conference softball Friday against visiting Auburn-Montgomery. Taylor Moran was 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks, three RBIs and two runs scored in the first game for Lee (17-17, 7-10), and Abby McKinney added two RBIs in support of winning pitcher Leigh Beatenbough (7-6). Kalee Sparks was 5-for-7 in the two games for AUM (15-10, 8-9), with two RBIs in the win.
-Covenant College and pitchers Tyler Epes and Carsyn Stone ended Emory & Henry's nine-game winning streak with a 3-0 defeat of the Wasps on Friday on Lookout Mountain, but the Virginia team then improved to 17-3 with a 2-0 victory. Faith Manning and Erika Mast each was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Carlin Labuzan also was 2-for-3 in the win for Covenant (15-17), when Epes (3-6) allowed four hits in her five innings and Stone threw two hitless innings for the save. Cris Gant gave up three hits and two unearned runs with 10 strikeouts in five innings in game two, Joni Johnson adding two innings without a hit, but Covenant totaled only three hits also.
-Tennessee Wesleyan edged visiting Truett McConnell 3-1 and 1-0 in Appalachian Athletic Conference softball, dropping Truett to 17-9, 4-2. Courtney Calkins allowed four hits in six innings in game one for TWU (10-10, 4-4), and Rachel Mathews pitched a two-strikeout seventh for the save and threw a three-hit shutout in game two, when Laken Collier was 1-for-1 with a fifth-inning homer. Allee West and Olivia Housewright doubled in two runs and one in the first game
-Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced Thursday that South Pittsburg resident Hunter Elwood from HomeLife Academy has signed to play for the Phoenix next school year. She was her team's defensive award winner as a freshman and last year had its highest batting average.