Natalie Turner make familiar showing at NCAA swim meet |

Natalie Turner make familiar showing at NCAA swim meet

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Big meets continue to bring out the best in former South Tahoe High swimmer Natalie Turner.

The former Nevada state champion lengthened her streak of scoring in every event she’s ever competed in at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Turner, a junior at Whitworth University, was fourth in the 200 freestyle, sixth in the 1,650 freestyle and 11th in the 500 freestyle races last week in Minneapolis. During her Whitworth career, Turner has placed in all nine of her events at the championships.

Turner reset her Whitworth and Northwest Conference 1,650 freestyle records with a time of 17 minutes, 3.90 seconds. She also shaved .29 of a second off her school and conference records with her clocking of 4:57.30 in the 500 freestyle.

Her top performance was in the 200 freestyle. After qualifying eighth in the preliminary round to earn the last spot in the finals, Turner improved to fourth with her time of 1:51.15.

By the time the meet concluded, Turner had scored all 34 points for Whitworth, which finished 20th, and earned All-America honors in all three of her events.

Tinlin earns first win

Junior Daniel Tinlin is defining his pitching role with the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Tinlin, a former baseball and basketball player at STHS, is tied for fifth on the team with a 3.86 earned run average. The reliever has made seven appearances, third among Pack pitchers.

He earned his first NCAA Division I win in a series opener against Oregon on March 12. He tossed 32?3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits while walking one and striking out one in the Pack’s 6-5 victory.

Tinlin saw action in the Nevada-UNLV rivalry game on March 18. He pitched the final two innings of a 14-6 Nevada victory, allowing three hits and no runs. He struck out two and walked none.

One of the Pack’s more formidable opponents of the season ” 10th-ranked UC Irvine ” faced Tinlin on March 21. Tinlin pitched 22?3 innings in Nevada’s 5-4 upset victory. He gave up two runs on three hits and struck out one.

The Pack opens a five-game homestand today against Utah Valley State.

Yarrow on homer tear

San Francisco sophomore first baseman Stephen Yarrow hit a solo homer ” his third of the season ” in the Dons’ 6-0 baseball victory over UC Davis on Tuesday.

Yarrow hit his second homer of the season in a 7-0 blanking of Washington on March 15 in Seattle. But his first round-tripper was his most important, a game-winning blast in the 13th inning that lifted the Dons to a 6-5 victory over the Huskies on March 14. He finished that game with two hits, two RBI and a run scored.

One of Yarrow’s better games of late was in a 24-12 defeat to New Mexico State on March 20. The former South Tahoe shortstop had two hits and two RBI.

The Dons (10-14) will open West Coast Conference play today against Gonzaga. Game times are 3 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Yarrow brings a .221 batting average and 11 RBI into the three-game series.

Roberts doubles pleasure

Freshman Jimmy Roberts of South Lake Tahoe won doubles and singles matches to help the Sacramento State Hornets defeat Northern Colorado 6-1 in a men’s tennis match March 16 in Sacramento.

Roberts, a former Northern Nevada 4A regional champion, teamed with Joe DeGuzman to win 8-2. Roberts dominated his singles match, beating Andre Lepine, 6-2, 6-0.

Sacramento State, 9-4 overall and 4-0 in the Big Sky Conference, competes in the Boise State Invitational starting today.

Lowe stays busy on bases

Former South Tahoe High softball player Danielle Lowe continues to play the role of pinch runner for surging Sonoma State.

Lowe has scored five runs for Sonoma State, which has an overall record of 18-14 and a 9-10 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Swinney on track with Humboldt State ‘Jacks

Grant Swinney, a former star running back for the South Tahoe Vikings, is on the Humboldt State track and field team. The Lumberjacks compete in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.

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