If you think collegiate student-athletes spend their summers taking a break from the worlds of classrooms and sports, think again. While many Baylor student-athletes use the summer as a chance to catch up or get ahead in their studies, others are out honing their skills all over the country and even internationally.
Fifteen Baylor baseball players are participating in summer ball, including a pair of summer league all-stars. After declining an invitation to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trails, Baylor ace Logan Verrett was named to the Cape Cod League’s All-Star team, played July 28 at Boston’s Fenway Park, while sophomore pitcher Crayton Bare made the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star roster.
A transfer from Boston College, recent Baylor basketball addition Brady Heslip toured Europe with 19 of his fellow Canadians as part of the Development Men’s National Team. Heslip’s squad faced teams from Belgium, Great Britain, Finland, the Netherlands and Spain.
Three Baylor soccer players were named 2010 US Youth Soccer National Champions, as Caitlin Fennegan, Michelle Hagen and Brittany Hunemuller helped lead the Under-19 Lonestars ’91 Red to the national title. Women’s golfer Jaclyn Jansen won the WWGA National Amateur Championship in June, just one of many Baylor golfers participating in national and international events over the summer.
Competing for the USA team, Baylor track’s Tiffany Townsend claimed gold in the 200 meters and as part of the women’s 4×100-meter relay team at the 2010 NACAC U-23 Championships. BU teammates Zwede Hewitt and Gavyn Nero each competed for their native Trinidad and Tobago, combining to finish among the top four in three events. Earlier in the summer, Christina Holland placed second in the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships to qualify for the World Junior Championships, where she placed eighth.
Sic ’em, summer student-athletes!