Athletics

Women’s Basketball Reaches SCAC Tournament as West #4 Seed

The Southwestern women’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 12–13 overall record and a 6–9 mark in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Pirates posted a 9–6 record in games played at home in the Robertson Center. SU dropped its first game at the conference tournament to defending national champion and eventual SCAC champion DePauw University.

Coin Flip Ends Men’s Basketball Season

The SU men’s basketball team closed out its season with a 6–9 record in the SCAC and an overall record of 11–14. The Pirates tied with Austin College for the fourth seed from the West Division and were even on every tiebreaker, resulting in a coin flip being the deciding factor. The flip went Austin’s way so the Pirates missed out on the conference tournament this season. SU continued its strong play at home, going 8–4 in the Robertson Center and brought the program’s home record for the last nine seasons to 71–35.

Swimming Closes Out Season with Strong SCAC Championship Performance

The Southwestern men’s and women’s swimming teams recently completed their 2007–2008 season at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship that was co-hosted by the Pirates in Southlake, Texas. The SU women’s team posted its highest-ever point total, reaching 409.5 for the multi-day meet. The women placed fifth overall, the highest finish since 2003 when they took fourth. The Pirates have placed sixth in each of the last four years. On the men’s side, the Pirates placed eighth with 175 points. This was a major improvement for the men who totaled seven points at the 2007 SCAC Championship meet. The men’s team that had three on its roster last season boasted a roster of eight this year.

Baclawski to Take Reigns of SU Women’s Soccer

After a thorough national search, Southwestern University has hired Jene’ Baclawski to become the third head women’s soccer coach in program history beginning on April 14.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of such a prestigious academic institution as Southwestern. The Athletic Department and women’s soccer program prides itself on success. I look forward to building on last year’s success and getting the opportunity to coach a great group of young ladies. I’m excited about the reputation of the school academically as well as the facilities and the conference Southwestern is a part of. I am honored to be joining the Southwestern family,” Baclawski said.

Baclawski comes to the Pirates after serving the last two years as the assistant women’s soccer coach and coordinator of the Athlete Tutor Program at Emory University. She brings experience working at a nationally renowned university with a strong academic background which will suit her well at Southwestern. A Texas native, Baclawski comes to SU with a knowledge of the state. That knowledge, along with her dynamic personality, will be a major asset in recruiting.

She replaces Jack Flatau, who resigned after two seasons at the helm of the program.

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