Sports Briefs

Red, White And Blue
Junior skipper Stephanie Roble and senior crew Michael Komar were named ICSA All-Americans after stellar performances last season and at the nationals this spring. Roble was one of 10 selected to the women’s skipper All-America team, while Komar was one of 20 who got the nod as ICSA crew All-Americans.

Brains And Brawn
Six ODU student-athletes were selected to the 2009-10 Virginia Sports Information Directors’ Academic All-State Team. Rising senior James Nicholson (wrestling) and juniors Trian Iliadis (men’s basketball) and Mairi Buchan (women’s basketball), along with recent graduates Elizaveta Moiseeva (women’s swimming and diving), Steffen Rabben (men’s soccer) and Ashley Kellogg (women’s lacrosse), were named to the 119-member squad.

Sportswoman Contender
Olympic gold medalist and collegiate sailing All-American Anna Tunnicliffe-Funk ’05 was one of 10 finalists from around the world for the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year award. The winners were to be announced Oct. 12 (after the magazine went to press). Other finalists included Lindsey Vonn (Alpine skiing) and Serena Williams (tennis).

Hall Of Famers
Wayne Gomes ’93 and Wilson Washington ’77 were scheduled to be inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 6. A relief specialist, Gomes at the time was the highest Monarch player ever selected in the MLB draft. Washington, who helped lead ODU to a Division II national basketball title as a junior, became the school’s first Division I All-American in 1977.

Net Gains
NCAA All-American Izak van der Merwe ’05 moved up to No. 159 in the ATP World tennis rankings after winning a $50,000 challenger and advancing to the finals of a second challenger in Brazil this summer.

Kudos to Carol
Carol Hudson Jr.’76 (M.U.S. ’79), ODU’s longtime sports information director, was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame in July.