Both Lee University golf programs announced significant signings Monday. The Lee men, ranked 10th in NCAA Division II, landed a European standout, Timo Raukas of Estonia. The 14th-ranked Lady Flames got Emily Ritchie, a high school region champion from Beorne, Texas, whose substantial list of recruiters included Presbyterian and Belmont. Raukas finished fourth in the 2019 European Men's Team Championship and in the Estonia National Strokeplay after finishing third and second the previous two years in Estonian Matchplay. He will join the Flames in January but won't start playing for them until the 2020-21 season, when three key current seniors will be gone. "Timo is a great addition to our team. He's a very gifted athlete, and as his focus has narrowed in on golf he has made a lot of progress, which has turned into some great tournament results," coach John Maupin said in a Lee release. "His discipline, personal experience and competitive experience are all things that I believe have him well prepared to make a big impact on our program." In Ritchie, Maupin said, "we have found someone that I believe is very driven and has only scratched the surface of what she's capable of. I think Emily works very hard in school and on the golf course, and her passion to succeed is evident. ... (She) has a lot of good tournament experience that will help prepare her for college golf."
* Three Sewanee players were included in the Division III top-50 singles rankings released last week by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Tigers' Andres Carro and Jordan Brewer are 34th and 36th in the national list and fifth and eighth in the Atlantic South region, where Catherine Owen is 11th in women's singles. She is 46th nationally. Teammate Emma Smith is ranked 15th in the region, and Liam Baer and Hugh Graham are eighth in men's doubles. Carro, the reigning Southern Athletic Association men's player of the year, and Brewer both reached the main-draw semifinals with four wins in the ITA regional tournament in September, and Owen and Smith made it to quarterfinals.
* Sewanee finished second to the Rhodes women and third behind winner Asbury and Rhodes in the men's standings at the Igloo Invitational swim meet last weekend at Sewanee. There were six women's teams, seven men's. The Tigers' Kate Mabry won the women's 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke and was third in the 200 back, while Gabby Acker won the 200 breaststroke and Paisley Simmons won in 1-meter diving and was second to teammate Noel Whitlock in 3-meter. Both divers qualified for zone regionals at both heights. Sewanee was second in the women's 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays. For the men, Carl Failing won the 100 back and was second in the 100 free and 100 butterfly, Jed Henrichsen and Jarrod Marable were one-two in 1-meter diving, Anthony Carbone was second in the 200 IM, James Hoyt was third in the 500 and 1650 frees and Carbone, Hoyt, Daniel Shrader and Failing were second in the 200 and 400 free relays and 200 medley relay. Henrichsen and Whitlock entered the Igloo as reigning SAA divers of the week.
* Covenant College is in second place in the USA South Presidents Cup standings after the fall sports seasons. The Lookout Mountain school is second overall and in the separate men's and women's lists. The Covenant men's soccer team won the league's West Division with a 13-0 USA South record, both cross country teams were second in the conference meet, the soccer women were second in the West and the volleyball team was third in the division. Covenant's best Presidents Cup finish is fourth in 2015-16.
* Tennessee Wesleyan senior Mysteree Bottorff finished 41st among 340 runners in NAIA women's cross country national meet last Friday in Vancouver, Washington. Her 5-kilometer time was 18:50.6. AAC members SCAD Atlanta and Milligan were third and eighth in team points.