Marlins achieve athletic success

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Senior Jaylyn Lane competing at the NSU
Kenneth Giles Invitational.

VWU Track and Field Highlights 

On Feb. 11, the VWU Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams competed at the NSU Kenneth Giles Invitational, where two Marlins lowered their record time. 

Senior Jaylyn Lane lowered the school record and her own time in the women’s 200M dash. Lane finished with a record time of 25.87, beating her own personal record that she established at the CNU Holiday Open in 2019.  

On the Men’s side, senior Landry Moffo achieved a new record in the men’s 60M hurdles; and he did it twice. He ran in the preliminary round with a time of 8.29 that earned him a pass to the finals. In the finals, he ran a time of 8.22 lowering his record even further. Moffo finished fourth at the event. 

There were other Marlins who also added 15 personal records, setting new marks in the women’s 200M Dash and 60M events and in the men’s 400M Dash and 200M events.  

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VWU Swimming team finish their ODAC season with new school records at the ODAC Championship in Greensboro, NC from Feb. 11-13.

Marlins Swimming program achieves 11 new school records 

The Marlins Women’s Swimming team finished their ODAC season in sixth place with 180 points at the ODAC Championships and the men’s team finished their ODAC season in seventh place with 136 points. The Swimming teams combined achieved a total of 11 new school records, four by the men’s team, six by the women’s team and first-year student Lauren Hendricks being part of the ODAC All-Teams selection. 

Hendricks became the first VWU women’s swimmer in the program to be selected in the Third-Team All ODAC conference. 

Hendricks had an outstanding performance at the championship meets. She broke the school record twice in the 200 freestyle. In preliminary competitions she made a mark of (1:59.65), and then she lowered it to (1:58.78) in the finals.

She also added three new school records in the 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay.  

The six school records for the women’s team were contributed by first-year Audrey Roberts, first-year Gaby Alvizo, first-year Lauren Hendricks, junior Chloe Dewberry, sophomore Emily Lewis and senior Dana Smith. 

For the men’s team, the contributors for the four new school records were first-year A’Jay West, first-year Brandon Bostic, first-year Luke Bukowski, sophomore Eddie McDonald, sophomore Nathan Viricochea and senior Tyler Strong.

Alysse Scripter|Sports Information Senior Corey Pelham shooting against opponent from Lynchburg University.

Pelham surpasses 1000 points and Fisher is named All-ODAC First Team member. 

On Feb. 23, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference made public their 2021-22 All-ODAC Men’s Basketball Awards, revealing also All-ODAC Teams. Senior Tim Fisher, who plays forward position for the VWU Men’s Basketball team, earned the spot on the All-ODAC First Team. 

Fisher recently became the program leader for career rebounds in the VWU Basketball program with a total of 889 rebounds and he sits second in the conference with 10.2 rebounds per game. He also sits sixth in the ODAC statistical leader boards with an average of 17.3 points per game. 

Fisher has contributed a total of 1,411 points to the team with an average of 12.49 points per game in his five seasons at VWU. This season has been one of the best so far, with a high FG percentage of 53.09% as well as a total of 29 steals, 14 double-doubles and 254 rebounds. 

Another member of the VWU Basketball team that has contributed more than 1,000 points is senior Corey Pelham. He achieved this record on Feb. 9, contributing 14 points to the 80-67 score winning of the Marlins.

By Steven Serrano