Like younger siblings tend to do, Cierra (a.k.a. CeCe) and Gabby Simpson learned from Taylor’s experience and decided that CU was the right place to be.
Led by junior Ammar Moussa, the Buffs won their second NCAA Division I Championship in a row and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, the first team to hold the top spot all year since Wisconsin in 2006.
Men’s basketball tipped off Pac-12 play with a Jan. 2 defeat of UCLA, 62-56, at Coors Events Center — marking CU’s first victory over UCLA in 53 years and the Buffs’ 100th win under head coach Tad Boyle.
The women’s soccer and volleyball teams reached their respective NCAA tournaments for the second year in a row in 2014, advancing to the second round in both cases.
The decisive digits that delineate deeds of distinction.
In October, Julyette Steur and Kyra Wojcik delivered CU’s first-ever regional title in doubles tennis by winning the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Round of 64 final at the University of New Mexico.
Jeremy and Yannik Paul, identical twins from Germany, are believed to be the first twins to play men’s golf for CU-Boulder. Recently ranked among the world’s top 200 men’s amateurs, they are sophomore business majors, roommates — and aiming for the pro tour. Jeremy is older by one minute.
Last spring Sarah Lautman (Engr’15), a chemical and biological engineering major from Massachusetts, joined the women’s lacrosse team as a walk-on — and came up big during the team’s inaugural season, scoring game-winning overtime goals three times. Lautman was one of four CU players to tally at least 25 goals as the Buffs went 11-8 in 2014, their first season as a varsity sport.
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In its first meeting ever with Colorado State, Buffs’ soccer prevailed 2-0 over the Rams, who are coached by former CU coach Bill Hempen…Junior Arielle Roberson led CU women’s basketball in scoring and rebounding last year, but will miss the 2014-15 season after tearing a ligament in her left knee. She also missed the 2011-12 season due to a hip injury…Former CU basketball standout Bob Jeangerard (Mgmt’55) was posthumously inducted into CU’s Athletic Hall of Fame…Former CU football coach Dan Hawkins will coach the U.S. senior national team in the 2015 American football world championships in Stockholm, Sweden, July 4-18.
The CU men’s cross country team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, posted a perfect score of 15 in winning its Rocky Mountain Shootout for the 24th consecutive year.
This spring CU will host a Pac-12 Conference Championship for just the second time.
Football celebrated three 20th anniversaries in 2014: Rashaan Salaam’s (Soc ex’95) Heisman Trophy-winning season, “The Catch” in the Michigan game and Bill McCartney’s final year as head coach.
CU club sports left their mark in 2014, claiming a remarkable five national titles by summer.
Shalaya Kipp (IntPhys, Psych’14) capped her CU track & field career by finishing fifth in the NCAA Championship’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and earning All-American honors for the 10th time in her career, including four times in the steeplechase.
CU football opened its 2014 season on big stages — NFL stadiums in Denver and Foxborough, Mass. — winning one and losing one.
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Conor McGahey became the public address announcer for home CU football games in 2011, succeeding Alan Cass (A&S ex’63, HonDocHum’99), who retired after 50 years of making calls for CU sporting events — including almost 30 years of CU football. McGahey, 29, works full-time for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment as associate producer for game presentation for the Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Mammoth.
At the CU Sports Performers of the Year celebration, volleyball player Taylor Simpson was named Female Athlete of the Year for 2013-14, while basketball forward Josh Scott and skier Rune Oedegaard shared the men’s honor…
CU broke ground on May 12 for the $143 million athletic facilities project that the university hopes will be largely completed by August 2015.
The CU football team is headed east this fall! For the first time in school history, the Buffs are taking on the UMass Minutemen in Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6. The matchup marks the farthest mainland road trip the team has ever made.
Rick Reilly (Jour’81), an ESPN columnist since 2008 and writer at Sports Illustrated for 23 years prior, will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in June.
Big news in small bites.
Intercollegiate Division I sports programs tend to struggle somewhat when thrown into the deep end in their inaugural seasons, but the CU women’s lacrosse team avoided many of the growing pains.
Despite losing top scorer Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury in January, the men’s basketball team qualified for its third consecutive NCAA Tournament, an unprecedented feat in program history.
Nitty-gritty details about Buff sports.
Four or five seasons ago, the thought of both the CU men’s and women’s basketball teams being simultaneously ranked in the top 20 in the nation would have been laughable. But no one was laughing as 2014 dawned with both programs in just such positions.
When it comes to college cross country success since 2000, coach Mark Wetmore is getting closer to having a corner on the market.
The numbers that matter about CU sports.
or just the second time in program history, the CU women’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.