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Royals swimmer Josa to compete in World University Games

Queens University of Charlotte swimmer Matthew Josa, who earned All-American honors last season, has been named to the U.S. team for next year’s World University Games.

Josa, a sophomore, will be part of the 46-member U.S. team at the games July 4-11, 2015, in Gwangju, South Korea. The World University Games are open to current college students or recent graduates age 17-23.

Josa earned a spot on the team based on his performance at USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships, held Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif.

The Charlotte native finished seventh in the men’s 100-yard butterfly in 52.57 seconds. He clocked a time of 52.24 in the preliminaries, the 22nd-best time in the world.

“Matthew has worked hard to earn this honor,” Royals coach Jeff Dugdale said in a prepared release. “Serving your country at an international competition is one of the highest honors an athlete can achieve other than the Olympic Games.”

As a freshman, Josa earned the swimmer of the meet award at the NCAA Division II national championships, winning three individual titles and two relay titles as well as setting NCAA records in five events.

Josa won the men’s 200-yard individual medley, 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, and was part of the Royals’ winning 400-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay teams. He set NCAA Division II records in the 200 IM, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 400 medley relay, and his leadoff time in the 800 freestyle relay set a record for the 200-yard freestyle.

Josa earned All-American honors in seven events: 200 IM, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200-yard medley relay, 400 medley relay, 400-yard freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay.

Golf wins Rock Barn Intercollegiate

The women’s golf team won its first tournament of the 2014 fall season by taking the Rock Barn Intercollegiate on Oct. 27-28 in Conover.

The Royals finished 11 strokes ahead of Lander in the team standings at Rock Barn Golf and Spa. CSU East Bay was third, 25 shots behind the winner.

Queens had four players finish in the top 10, led by junior Grace Glaze, who tied for second with Lander’s Valentina Bueno after both shot 13-over-par 155.

Freshman Kadi Pallastrone tied for fourth with Lander’s Sophie Stone at 14-over 156. Junior Iris Katla was sixth at 17-over 159, and freshman Kylie Nizolek tied for seventh with CSU East Bay’s Melissa Hosman at 18-over 160.

Junior Taylor Penzer wrapped up the Royals’ scoring, coming in 13th at 24-over 166.

CSU East Bay’s Linda Brown took individual honors after shooting a 5-over 147.

Men tie for 16th

Playing against a field that included one of the nation’s top collegiate teams, Queens men’s golf team tied for 16th at the Rock Barn Invitational.

The Royals finished the two-day tournament at 623, tied with Barton and just two shots behind host Lenoir-Rhyne.

Chico State, ranked fifth in the nation, won the men’s team title at 590, four shots ahead of Georgia Southwestern.

Lee Gearhart also took the individual title for Chico State, shooting a 3-under-par 139 and beating Ferris State’s Zak Kiefer by five strokes.

Senior Alex Weare led Queens with an 8-over 150, good for a tie for 14th place.

Other scorers for the Royals were Junior Mike Downey (tied for 50th, 14-over 156), senior Jake McLaren (tied for 65th, 16-over 158), junior Evan Ruhling (tied for 83rd, 20-over 162) and senior Jordan Bilodeau (21-over 163).