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Junior picks land over water

first_imgFor many athletes, achievement in one sport at thecollegiate level is something to brag about. For UW cross country team memberGwen Jorgensen, excelling in two sports as a Badger can be included thus far inher unique, athletic, collegiate experience. A junior from Waukesha, Jorgensen left the UW women’sswimming team this past year to focus on running for both the women’s track andcross country teams. “I was graciously given the opportunityto try running for UW,” Jorgensen said in an e-mail. “It sparked an interestthat I prayed a lot about.” A swimmer since the age of seven,Jorgensen was a four-time state qualifier and received three all-conferencehonors for her swimming achievements in high school. Also while at North HighSchool, Jorgensen was recognized as a two-time all-state athlete and three-yearletter winner in another sport — track. Despite her love for swimming,Jorgensen felt pulled in another direction. “I knew that God was puttingsomething different on my heart,” Jorgensen said. “It’s hard to know if you areever making the right decision; however, I just prayed a lot about it and wasable to do what was best for me at the time.”Saturday, the women’s cross countryteam scored 93 points to place third at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional at the IUGolf Course in Bloomington, Ind., Jorgensen was named an All-Region honoree,finishing 11th in a time of 21:25.46. She has come a long way from hertrack debut last March in the Charlotte 49er Classic, where she impressivelyplaced 14th in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:43.91. Her improvements,Jorgensen suggests, are due to the overall team focus that she and herteammates embrace.”We have so many talented girls onthe team, which allows us to develop into amazing runners,” Jorgensen said. “Ifone of us is having a bad workout, we have 10-plus other runners who are ableto push the others.”We train as a team so that we cancompete as a team. This is really starting to come together, which is allowingus to improve each meet.”Among her many honorsathletically, Jorgensen has also been recognized for her achievements in theclassroom. This past summer, she was named to the 2007 Division I All-Academicteam, an honor designated to student-athletes with a cumulative grade-pointaverage of 3.25 or better.Accordingto Jorgensen, her academic focus can be attributed to head coach Jim Stintziand the emphasis he has placed upon her and her teammates. “Coach (Stintzi) and all of thewomen on the team appreciate the importance of balance in a student-athlete,”Jorgensen said. “For most of us, after four years, we will have a job that hasnothing to do with running. We realize this and understand the importance ofour academics, which is why we try to excel in (academics) … as well.”The ever-growing list ofJorgensen’s achievements continues to accumulate even at the end of the women’scross country season. By the Big Ten Conference meet a couple of weeks ago, shehad taken 25 seconds off of her track time since her first race, finishing 18thin the Big Ten Championships with a time of 20:43.20.At the NCAA Mideast Regional,Jorgensen finished 12th after running a personal best of 4:21.28 in the 1,500-meterpreliminaries. “Any success I have on the courseor track is due to the girls and coaching staff,” Jorgensen said. “The depth oftalent we have on the team is amazing. The gifted women on the team push meevery day to becoming a better runner.”Every day I am learning from theteam. Some women are excellent in workouts, others have a gift for analyzingthe course, and others always know how to get the team ready to race. Each andevery athlete on the team contributes to our success.”  Sunday afternoon, the Badgersfound out they had earned an at-large bid to make their third consecutive tripto the NCAA Championships this coming week in Terre Haute, Ind. Unsurprisingly,the high expectations Jorgensen has for herself off the course will carry over.”We have been improving each meet,and we are all ready to perform at the highest level this weekend,” Jorgensensaid. “We know that we are talented and that we can be in contention comeMonday.” Regardless of the results, asJorgenson’s collegiate career winds to a close, she has no regrets leaving thewater for a move to cross country and track.”AlthoughI miss the swimming team and coaches, I am thankful I made the switch becausethe talented ladies and coaches I am surrounded by now are able to push me andthe rest of my teammates to our potential.”last_img read more

Two defeats in Europe provoke the goodbye of Txingurri Valverde

first_imgErnesto Valverde He arrived in Barcelona at the third opportunity. Twice the Blaugrana train passed him in front of the house and twice decided not to take it by loyalty to Athletic from Bilbao, his lifelong team with whom he had Current contract. And when he took it, he did it and ran into the Neymar storm. As soon as he landed on the Blaugrana team, he saw the end of the American preseason tour Brazilian left planted to the entity and left for PSG.The consequence immediate was the final defeat against Real Madrid in a Super Cup in which the whites erased the blaugrana. Along the LaLiga managed to reverse the situation and when no one gave a hard for him, he clearly imposed on Madrid. Chance has wanted it to be after a new Super Cup when the destitution arrivedIn its Blaugrana stage, Valverde has won two leagues in his first two seasons as a coach and leave the team as Leader in his third season and qualified for Champions League round of 16 League, which must play against Naples. That competition was his Achilles heel since the quarter losses to the Rome in his first year and before the Liverpool in the semifinals last season are the defeats that They dug his grave. In The league, their numbers are excellent in front of Barcelona with 66 wins 22 draws and only seven defeats. In the Champions He has won 18 games, drew five and reaped only two losses. Both determinants.In the Cup del Rey won the Title in its First season after an exhibition against Sevilla and I qualify the team for the final final in which fell to Valencia after the Anfield catastrophe. Their numbers in this competition are also unappealable: 12 wins, two draws and only four defeats. Some numbers left the bar very high For his successor.last_img read more