Polar Bear Scoreboard: Men’s and Women’s Tennis Win Weekend Regionals, Head to NCAA Quarterfinals

Tennis: The Bowdoin men’s and women’s tennis teams both came away victorious at NCAA Regionals in Brunswick over the weekend.

The Polar Bear men cruised to a 5-0 win over MIT in a regional final Saturday, while the women followed it up with a dramatic 5-4 decision against Wesleyan Sunday.

The squads will make the trip to the national championship site in Chattanooga, Tenn., to play in the NCAA Quarterfinals Monday, May 22. More information on the championship will be available Tuesday.

Rowing: Bowdoin Rowing had five crews competing in Philadelphia’s Dad Vail regatta Friday and Saturday. Torrential rain forced the Race Committee to reschedule events and ultimately cancel Saturday afternoon’s races, but Bowdoin crews shone nonetheless, with Men’s JV Four winning the silver medal. Both the Men’s Varsity Four and the Women’s Novice Four finished fourth in their Grand Finals, in events won by Georgia Tech and Purdue. The Men’s Novice Four won the Petite Final with a time that would have taken fifth in the Grand.  The Women’s Varsity Four was seeded first in the Third Final but the race was cancelled due to weather.

Bowdoin Tennis Teams Host NCAA Regionals This Weekend

The men’s tennis team begins defense of its NCAA Championship Friday, while the women’s tennis team gets underway Saturday in tournament action on campus at the Pickard Courts. Both teams are ranked in the top-five nationally and received first-round byes for the championship.

A preview of the men’s regional is available here, including an interview with Gil Roddy ’18. The women’s regional is previewed here, featuring an interview with Joulia Likhanskaia ’17.

Both teams are looking to advance to the national championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., May 22-24. Complete coverage will be available throughout the weekend at GoUBears.com.

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 Star of Special Night at Prefontaine Classic

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Olympic gold medalist and two-time Boston marathon winner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 will be recognized for her historic running accomplishments and pioneering spirit with a night in her honor during the 43rd Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, May 26, 2017.

“Joan Benoit Samuelson Night is a tribute to a special athlete who broke barriers and remains an inspiration for women runners, especially in the U.S.,” the event’s organizers said.

The Prefontaine Classic is the longest-running outdoor invitational track and field meet in the country and part of the elite International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League of meets held worldwide annually.

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 On Hand as Kipchoge Runs World’s Fastest Marathon (New York Times)

(L. to r.) Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79, Eliud Kipchoge, Paula Radcliffe

Marathon matriarch Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 was in Italy as history was made in the world of long distance running this weekend. Her fellow Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon distance of 26.2 miles in 2:00:25, the fastest ever run. It is not an official world record, however, due to rules regarding pace-setting. The attempt was part of a Nike project called Breaking2.

Benoit Samuelson was at the finish line and quick to post the photo above to Instagram. Read more about it in The New York Times.