Top moments of the year

1- Roberts earns All-ODAC and All-American titles

It was a strong indoor season for Geni Roberts, in which he finished his 2021-2022 indoor track and field season bringing home four individual titles overall. 

At the ODAC conference meet in Roanoke, VA, Roberts brought home the gold in both the long and triple jump. His winning marks in the long jump were 7.26m (24’10”) and 14.52m (47’ 7.75”) in the triple jump. The Marlin jumper then went on to compete at NCAA DIII Indoor Nationals and was the national runner-up with a mark of 7.32m (24’ 0.25”) and placed sixth overall in the triple jump with a mark of 14.69m (48’ 2.5”).

2 – Women’s Soccer wins the ODAC championship title

The Virginia Wesleyan Women’s Soccer team defeated ODAC members Roanoke College, Washington and Lee and the University of Lynchburg to claim the first 2021 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer championship title since 2006.

The team had amazing success due to an 8-1-1 conference record. There was success all around for the Marlins. Junior defender Sam Crawford was named ODAC Player of the Year while her teammate, freshman forward Brecain McClenahan, was named ODAC Rookie of the Year. The team had seven members claim All-ODAC First, Second and Third Team honors. Rounding out the success, Head Coach Jeff Bowers was named ODAC Coach of the Year.

3 – Athletics host Fins Up FinFest

Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Andrea Hoover-Erbig, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Alex Gallagher, and Administrative Assistant Trish Doherty, planned an event to celebrate the dedication and hard work of VWU student athletes. The evening consisted of games, food and friendly competition at the Trinder Center on April 3. The event was the kickoff for the start of DIII Week.

4 – Softball beats Strike Out Cancer goal

The Virginia Wesleyan Softball team hosted their 12th annual Strike Out Cancer event on April 9 during a doubleheader against Guilford College. 

The Marlins not only ended up beating the Quakers in both games, but they also set a new donation record for the Strike Out Cancer event. The program raised $30,399, the previous record being $28, 620 set in 2018. All the donations go towards the American Cancer Society for cancer research.