OXFORD, Ohio – For their performances last week senior baseball pitcher Seth Varner and the Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team are Miami’s Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of Feb. 24-March 2.
Varner flirted with Miami history as he turned in his third-straight strong start for the RedHawks, proving to be the only Miami pitcher to keep Davidson’s hitters off balance this weekend. The senior retired 15-straight batters at one point and carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before allowing a double with one out in the frame. That double was the only hit he allowed in eight shutout innings, which earned him his first win of the season. Through three starts, Varner is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP and 22:6 K:BB ratio in 19 innings.
This is the first time this season and second time in his career that Varner has been named Miami’s Male Athlete of the Week. He previously earned the honor for the week of May 20-May 26, 2013.
Behind a flawless performance to kick off the collegiate competition on Saturday evening, Miami University attacked its skate at the U.S. National Championships and made U.S. Figure Skating history as the RedHawks won their 10th straight national title, setting the record for consecutive titles in any discipline of skating at any level. This eclipsed the record by pairs skaters Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathan Niles of nine straight titles from 1918, 1920-27 (there was no competition held in 1919) that had stood for 87 years, which the RedHawks tied last season. The first team to skate, the RedHawks seized the moment and set the bar high, amassing a score of 96.80. By no coincidence, the RedHawks’ program themed “Moments” was just that as Miami captured the program’s 16th collegiate national title by a dominant margin of 18.03 points over its nearest competitors in the 12-team field.
This is the second time this season and fifth time overall that the Collegiate team has been named Miami’s Female Athlete of the Week. They last earned the honor for the week of Jan. 20-26.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications will be announced Tuesday, March 11. For a list of this year’s winner’s, click here.
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