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PYEONCHANG RECAP: NATHAN CHEN CATAPULTS TO FIFTH; HOCKEY BOUNCES BACK

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Nathan Chen of the United States competes during the Men's Single Free Program on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 17, 2018 (Pyeonchang, South Korea) - America was expecting so much from Nathan Chen.  He let us down the first time.  He didn't let it happen again.

“I definitely did want to redeem myself after the two short programs and I think I did here,” said Chen.  He made it sound like he was redeeming something pointless like a gift certificate, but he redeemed so much more.

SDSU BASEBALL TAKES DOWN UCSB 9-1 ON OPENING NIGHT

 

SDSU pitching staff strikes out 14 while allowing just four hits

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February 16, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team kicked off its 2018 campaign in commanding fashion, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 9-1, on Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Logan Boyer, a preseason all-MW selection, impressed in his first start of the season, going 3.2 innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. After Boyer started his evening inducing a 6-3 groundout, Boyer went on to strikeout the next four Gaucho hitters he faced.

SDSU SOFTBALL DOWNED BY NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY 2-1

 

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Photo:  Iesha Hill drove in SDSU's lone run in a 2-1 loss to North Dakota State.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 16, 2018 (San Diego) - North Dakota State tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth inning and scored an unearned run in the seventh to rally past the San Diego State softball team 2-1 Friday night at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Bison improved to 4-3 with its second win of the day at the 28th annual Campbell/Cartier Classic, while the Aztecs dropped to 1-8 with their sixth straight loss.

SOCKERS: SAN DIEGO EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO THREE WITH 4-2 VICTORY IN TIGHT GAME

 

Goalkeeper Boris Pardo moves to 8-0-1 and is the MASL leader with a 3.66 GAA

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February 16, 2018 (Lakeland, Fla.) - The Pacific Division Champion San Diego Sockers were held to only four goals, but that was enough to defeat Florida 4-2 at RP Funding Center on Friday night. San Diego improves to 15-3, while the Tropics' playoff hopes were dashed with the loss to drop to 9-8. 

SDSU SOFTBALL DROPS 5-0 DECISION TO NO. 25/25 KENTUCKY

 

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February 15, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State softball team was shut out by No. 25/25 Kentucky 5-0 Thursday night in the opener of the 28th annual Campbell/Cartier Classic at SDSU Softball Stadium.

Zaria Meshack, Taylor Stewart and Molly Sturdivant each had a hit and a walk for the Aztecs, who fell to 1-7 with their fifth straight loss.

SDSU SWIM & DIVE IN SECOND AFTER DAY TWO OF MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Frida Berggren wins individual title in 200 IM

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February 15, 2018 (San Antonio) - The San Diego State swimming and diving team stands in second place after the second day of the Mountain West Championships at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center. The Aztecs currently have 451.5 total points after Thursday’s events, trailing MW championship leader Boise State (491 points) by 39.5 points. 

SDSU SWIMMING & DIVING TIED FOR FIRST AFTER FIRST DAY OF MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Aztecs share lead with Nevada after day one in San Antonio

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February 15, 2018 (San Antonio) - The San Diego State swimming & diving team capped off the first day of the Mountain West championships with a share of first place with Nevada, owning 189 total points.

The Aztecs recorded a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, with Alma Thormalm, Caitlin Delany, Summer Harrison and Klara Thormalm teaming up to post an SDSU season-best time of 1:38.69 – just .46 seconds behind first-place finisher Boise State.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY SIX: MIKAELA SCHIFFRIN WINS SECOND OLYMPIC GOLD; FIRST IN GIANT SLALOM

 

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Photo:  Gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States poses on the podium after the Ladies' Giant Slalom on day six of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 15, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 15, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Mikaela Schiffrin waited for her turn to race.  And waited.  And waited.  And...waited.  She waited for three days for winds to subside.  But finally, on Thursday, she got to hit the slopes.

And she made the winds pay.

MALIK POPE REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS AS AZTECS MEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS WYOMING 87-77

 

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February 15, 2018 (San Diego) - It may be Valentine’s Day, but it felt more like this year’s V-Day competition, Ash Wednesday, inside Viejas Arena as two Mountain West rivals squared off in men’s basketball.  The Aztecs greeted the Cowboys of Wyoming, who rank third in the Mountain West.

SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS AT WYOMING 70-50

 

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February 15, 2018 (Laramie, Wyo.) - The San Diego State women's basketball team fell at Wyoming 70-50 Wednesday evening at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyoming. The Cowgirls (17-7, 10-3 MW), the conference's best three-point shooting team, went 13-for-27 from behind the arc and used a 20-0 first half run to give them a double-digit lead the Aztecs (10-14, 4-9 MW) couldn't recover from.

AZTECS SOFTBALL FALLS AT UC RIVERSIDE 4-1

 

SDSU loses fourth straight game

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February 14, 2018 (Riverside) - The San Diego State softball team was unable to get things going offensively in a 4-1 loss at UC Riverside Wednesday afternoon in Riverside, Calif. The Aztecs dropped to 1-6 with the loss, while the Highlanders evened their record to 3-3.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY FIVE: SAN DIEGO'S SHAUN WHITE IS GOLD AGAIN

 

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February 13, 2018 (Pyeonchang, South Korea) - The buzz surrounding Shaun White’s return to the Olympics was like wondering if Sam and Diane would finally become an item on Cheers.

But Wednesday, Shaun White put all those questions to rest.  He’s here and here to stay.  And, like his teammate Chloe Kim, he’s here to make history.  He's here to make sure people remember his name.

CHILES AND TOTH NAMED TO MASL TEAM OF THE WEEK FOR WEEK 16

 

Forward scores seven goals and goalkeeper stifles Sonora with 19 saves; Brandon Escoto was placed on the Honorable Mention List

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February 13, 2018 (San Diego) - The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) announced that San Diego Sockers Kraig Chiles and Chris Toth were named to the Team of the Week for Week 16. For both players, it is their second such honor this season. Brandon Escoto was placed on the Honorable Mention list.

AZTECS BASEBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 2/13: THE BOYS OF SUMMER ARE COMING

 

 

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February 13, 2018 (San Diego) - Spring is coming.  Soon, we’ll smell freshly cut grass, warm spring air...the smell of baseball.  It was a perfect time for SDSU baseball head coach Mark Martinez and senior outfielder Chase Calabuig to take the podium at today’s press conference.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF WRAPS UP FIRST SPRING TOURNAMENT AT NGRC

 

Aztec freshman Sara Kjellker ties for 34th individually

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Photo:  Sara Kjellker was the Aztecs' top finisher at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge this week.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 13, 2018 (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team completed its first tournament of the spring in 18th place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge after posting a combined 24-over-par 308 during the final round at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

PYEONCHANG DAY FOUR RECAP: CHLOE KIM'S INCREDIBLE TRIUMPH; SHAUN WHITE GOES FOR GOLD AGAIN

 

UPDATE:  Team USA women's hockey has also qualified for the semifinals after defeating the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

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February 12, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - If you’re close enough in age to remember what being a teenager and begging your parents for things was like, multiply that by 100 by adding immigrant parents and you have Chloe Kim’s childhood.  

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF COMPLETES ROUND TWO AT NGRC

 

Aztec freshman Sara Kjellker tied for 17th individually after 36 holes

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Photo:  Sara Kjellker carded the Aztecs' low round on Tuesday with a 1-over 72.

February 12, 2018 (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team slipped three notches into a tie for 17th place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge after posting a collective 28-over-par 312 during the second round Monday at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

SDSU LACROSSE'S HARLOWE STEELE NAMED MPSF OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Aztec junior collects second career weekly conference honor

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February 12, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State lacrosse midfielder Harlowe Steele was selected Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player for her clutch performance in the Aztecs’ dramatic 12-11 victory at California on Sunday. With her award, the SDSU junior garnered the second weekly conference accolade of her career.

OLYMPICS RECAP DAY THREE: USA TAKES BRONZE IN TEAM FIGURE SKATING; JAMIE ANDERSON DEFENDS WOMEN'S SLOPESTYLE SNOWBOARDING TITLE

 

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February 11, 2018 (Gangneung, South Korea) - Most overachievers call bronze a failure, but Team USA figure skating calls it a success, especially after the afternoon Mirai Nagasu had.

“This is definitely history, or herstory, whatever way you want to put it,” Nagasu said.

LARGEST CROWD OF THE SEASON WATCHES SAN DIEGO BEAT SONORA 7-3

 

3,827 supporters see Sockers take down nemesis in feisty contest;

two-game road trip to Florida highlights next weekend’s action for San Diego

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February 11, 2018 (San Diego) - The Pacific Division champion San Diego Sockers (14-3) followed up winning the title on Friday with a 7-3 win over Sonora (11-7) on Sunday before the largest crowd of the season of 3,827 at Valley View Casino Center.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF TIED FOR 14TH AFTER ROUND ONE AT NGRC

 

Aztec freshman Sara Kjellker remains tied for 32nd individually in strong field

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February 11, 2018 (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team is tied for 14th place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge after shooting a 19-over-par 303 on Sunday during the opening round at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

NO. 18 SDSU WATER POLO DROPS FINAL GAME AT TRITON INVITE TO NO. 10 UCD

 

Aztecs fall to Aggies 13-8

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February 11, 2018 (San Diego) - No. 18 San Diego State had trouble with 10th-ranked UC Davis’ physicality in the first half and dug itself too big of a hole in a 13-8 loss in the fifth-place game Sunday afternoon at the Triton Invitational in nearby La Jolla. SDSU fell to 4-4 on the season, while UCD improved to 7-5.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS DROPS 4-1 DECISION AT ALABAMA

 

Aztec sophomore Arnaud Restifo (left) victorious at No. 2 singles

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February 11, 2018 (Tuscaloosa) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team is still searching for its first dual-match victory of the spring after dropping a 4-1 decision to a red-hot Alabama squad in a non-conference clash at Roberta Alison Baumgardner Indoor Tennis Facility.

SDSU SOFTBALL EDGED BY UC DAVIS 3-2 IN NINE INNINGS

 

Aztecs lose extra-inning affair on final day of Kajikawa Classic

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February 11, 2018 (Tempe) - The San Diego State softball team lost another close game, falling to UC Davis, 3-2, in nine innings on the final day of the Kajikawa Classic Sunday in Tempe, Ariz. The Aztecs dropped to 1-5 on the season with their third straight loss, while the Aggies improved to 3-2.

SDSU LACROSSE EDGES CAL IN SEASON-OPENING THRILLER 12-11

 

Aztec junior Harlowe Steele (left) nets game-winner with 28 seconds left

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February 11, 2018 (Berkeley) - San Diego State junior Harlowe Steele scored the game-winning goal on a free position shot with 28 seconds remaining to lift the Aztec lacrosse team to a thrilling 12-11 victory over California Sunday in its 2018 season opener at Memorial Stadium.

HUGE LUGE UPSET: CHRIS MAZDZER, GLEIRSCHER LEAVE FELIX LOCH IN THE ICE

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February 11, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - For Olympics coverage, ECM's sports reporter was told "I'm sure no one will pay attention to luge."

And she believed that; Germany's Felix Loch, the luge king, was sure to sweep again as he always does.  Nothing to see there, right?

She (and the person that told her that) were wrong.

AZTEC WOMEN'S TENNIS FALLS 4-2 TO USD

 

Toreros clinch dual over SDSU with four singles victories

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February 11, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women’s tennis team looked to take down cross-town foe University of San Diego Sunday, but after winning the doubles point the Aztecs were unable to maintain a lead in singles and fell 4-2 to the Toreros.

SDSU WATER POLO'S STRONG SECOND HALF FUELS 8-5 WIN OVER NO. 23 CSUN

 

Carrillo scores three times in win over Matadors

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February 11, 2018 (San Diego) - No. 18 San Diego State used a second-half surge to defeat 23rd-ranked CSUN, 8-5, Sunday morning at the Triton Invitational at nearby UC San Diego. The Aztecs secured a spot in the fifth-place game and moved to 4-3 with the result. CSUN, meanwhile, dropped to 5-4.

BONNIE DRAXLER TIES SDSU SCHOOL RECORD IN THE POLE VAULT

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February 11, 2018 (Alberquerque) - Bonnie Draxler tied the school record in the pole vault, clearing 14-01.25 (4.30m) as the Aztecs wrapped up the Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Ashley Henderson also had another strong performance, finishing the 60-meter dash in 7.19 seconds, just 0.02 seconds off her school record set last year.

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