A record-setting weekend in Greensboro last month helped Queens University of Charlotte women’s swimmer Caroline Arakelian earn another conference award.
Arakelian, a junior, was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference’s Swimmer of the Week for the third time this season after setting two NCAA Division II records during the AT&T Winter Nationals at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Arakelian, a three-time NCAA champion, posted records in the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley during the Winter Nationals, which draws some of the world’s top swimmers.
Arakelian’s first record came during a swim-off against Grace Ariola from the Waves Bloomington-Normal YST swim team to advance to the 200 backstroke final. Her record time of 1 minute, 55.23 seconds sent her to the finals, where she finished 14th overall, in 1:57.14.
The second record came during the finals of the 400 IM. Arakelian, seeded 10th after posting a 4:15.10, improved by nearly 2 seconds in the final, finishing 11th in 4:13.20.
Arakelian also posted the nation’s fastest time in Division II in the 200 IM. She swam 2:00.54 during the preliminaries and finished 23rd with a final-round of 2:02.32.
Minner joins women’s lacrosse staff
The Queens women’s lacrosse team, which won the SAC regular-season and tournament titles last year, has hired Kayla Minner as an assistant coach.
Minner spent the past two years as an assistant coach with Bloomsburg University’s women’s lacrosse team, with three of her players earning All-Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference honors.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Kayla joining my staff,” Royals coach Julika Blankenship said in a prepared release. “She will contribute a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the game, as well as the energy and enthusiasm that we need to continue in our forward progression.”
Before going into coaching, Minner played with Mercyhurst’s women’s lacrosse team from 2009-2013. In her career she scored 136 goals and had 55 assists, and was twice named All-PSAC first team.
“I’m very honored and excited to join the women’s lacrosse staff at Queens,” Minner said in a prepared release. “It’s a great time for the program, and I’m eager and looking forward to developing the student-athletes both on and off the field.”
New turf at Sports Complex
Work is nearly complete on a new artificial playing surface at the Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park.
The AstroTurf 3D52 Xtreme playing surface will be used by the Royals’ soccer teams, lacrosse teams and the new field hockey team.
The installation of the new AstroTurf field began in early December, with the timeline allowing for spring practices to begin in January. The new surface replaces the original AstroTurf field, installed when the facility was built in 2005.
The new playing surface will feature the school’s Rex mascot-head logo at centerfield, with “Queens” in curved type along the sidelines.
Lewis named SAC Player of Week
Queens men’s basketball player Rob Lewis was named the SAC Player of the Week for games Dec. 8-14.
Lewis, a junior guard, had 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds during an 81-64 victory against Brevard on Dec. 13 to earn the Royals’ first POY award this season. He shot 50 percent from the floor and made 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.
Lewis, who transferred from Houston Baptist during the offseason, leads Queens in scoring at 15.8 points per game, good for 10th in the SAC.