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Michlle Klim

Athletics Update: Arrows Persevere in Fall Season

These are exciting times in the athletic department as the fall seasons are wrapping up and the winter teams like basketball, bowling and swimming are just beginning their journeys.

This Saturday (Nov. 2), the soccer team will host Trevecca Nazarene University at 1:00 p.m. in the opening round of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championships. The Arrows earned the right to host the game after beating TNU 3-0 on Saturday (Oct. 26) at Nordonia High School in what capped a crazy week for the program.

Because of the late October snow storm that pelted Northeast Ohio, the Arrows were forced to play their final two “home” games on back-to-back days at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva before the regular season finale at Nordonia High School in Macedonia.

After finishing the regular season with a record of 10-7-1 and 5-5 in conference play, UC earned the fourth-seed in the eight-team postseason tournament. A win on Saturday would propel the Arrows into the semifinal round which would be held on Thursday (Nov. 7) at the campus of the highest remaining seed.

Fans that can’t make Saturday’s quarterfinal game can listen live on the Ursuline College Sports Network.


The volleyball team is still about three weeks out from the G-MAC Championships but the Arrows already have 15 wins to their name, eight more than they had all of last season. It’s pretty amazing to think about when you remember the team is yet to play a true home game.

Head coach Donna Day brought in a tremendous recruiting class that was extremely talented and has really lifted the program. She’ll need to bring in another good group next year as the program will lose five seniors to graduation. On Saturday (Nov. 2), seniors Molly Sabolsky, Lauren Sharnsky, Alex Leister, Maureen Kelly and Ashley Reinhart will play in their final “home” matches and will be honored in a pre-game ‘Senior Day’ ceremony.

The ‘Senior Day’ match will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday at Laurel School’s Lyman Circle Campus in Shaker Heights. Fans that can’t make that contest (or Friday’s 6:00 p.m. match against Kentucky Wesleyan College) can listen live on the Ursuline College Sports Network or check out the Pizzazz on the Circle Live Stats.

Alex Leister

Alex Leister


The Ursuline College cross country team had a terrific showing and took third place in the nine-team field at the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships, held last Saturday (Oct. 26) at Cedarville University’s Elvin R. King Cross Country Course. Ursuline was led by the conference’s ‘Freshman of the Year’ Michelle Klim and fellow all-conference performers Nicole Burlinson and Melissa Klim.

Michelle Klim was named the ‘Freshman of the Year’ by virtue of being the first rookie across the finish line. She took third in the field of 68 student-athletes with a time of 23:03.10, an improvement from the 23:18.38 she ran on the same course three weeks ago at the All-Ohio Championships.

Burlinson was one spot behind Michelle Klim as she finished in 23:47.20 – more than 38 seconds quicker than her All-Ohio showing. By placing in the top-10, Burlinson was named to the All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference first team. Last year, she earned second team all-conference honors after taking 13th overall.

Melissa Klim narrowly missed a spot on the all-conference first team but still picked up second team honors by finishing 11th. Her time of 24:09.10 was just behind Cedarville’s Kristin Lamaan (24:08.60) but was still an improvement from the 25:08.57 she turned in at the beginning of the month.

For comparison’s sake, last year Cedarville had 10 finishers complete the race before Ursuline’s first student-athlete crossed the finish line. This year, Cedarville’s Alex Archambault repeated as the individual champion (22:32.30) but UC had two more runners finish before CU’s next placer who took eighth overall.


Michlle Klim

Michlle Klim


The golf team’s championship season is in the spring but this fall, Ursuline finished in the top-five in three of its four tournaments. Sophomore Eadaoin Cronin was named the first ‘Women’s Golf Athlete of the Month’ for her efforts in September.

A good litmus test for the program came at the Ohio Valley University Invitational (Sep. 28-29) when four of the five G-MAC programs competed and UC shot the lowest of all the conference programs.

Like golf, lacrosse crowns a champion in the spring but head coach Ed Karasek saw his program end fall ball on a high note with a perfect four-for-four showing at the Baldwin Wallace University Fall Tournament. UC won all four of its half-hour contests against the host Yellow Jackets, Lourdes University, Walsh University and Georgetown (Ky.) College.

We’ll have more updates on the winter and spring sports when the time comes, but if the fall is any indication, we’re in for a great year in athletics!

Rachael Albright (7)

Bowler’s Blog: From the Desk of Rachael Albright

It has been quite a first half of the semester! Getting adjusted to my first nursing courses while living off campus and paying my own bills! This year is definitely taking me in the right direction. Summer seems so long ago already. I feel like it was just yesterday that Amanda Wess, Janet Hill and I competed at Junior Gold in Detroit, Michigan. It was an interesting week to say the least. Between bowling on some of the toughest lane patterns, against some of the nation’s toughest competitors and scorching hot bowling alleys, we all fared well. Out of 543 participants, Janet finished 41st, Amanda came in 290th and I placed 31st so it was definitely a decent showing for Ursuline College! This really prepared us to have high expectations for the 2013-2014 bowling season.

This season we picked up six new student-athletes and a new head coach, Jim Wess. All players from last season will be returning. October 1st marked our first practice session of the year and it was a good one! Between Coach Wess’ motivation and the team’s determination, I can already tell this year will be the best in program history. Once we get into the “swing” of things we will be making progress like no other. I believe that if we all work our hardest this season we will have a shot at nationals! That is only if we all work individually and as a team for the common goal. We have a long road ahead of us but the amount of potential on our team is outstanding. I’m so ready to go out and show the nation what Ursuline College bowling is made of.  I’m thinking way too far ahead, though!

Our first tournament isn’t until next weekend (October 12-13 in Indianapolis). I have high expectations for these girls this year and I hope they feel the same. Let’s start this year off in the right direction!

Go Arrows!

Rachael Albright, Ursuline ’16
Member of the 2013-14 UC Bowling Team

Rachael Albright (7)

Butta’s Blog: It has begun!

It has begun!

The Ursuline College swimming and diving team is in the water and working hard! After mapping out a running course on campus and sweating for two weeks, we started in the water last Monday at Gilmour Academy.

So far, spirits have been high as we are excited to start training and gain some strength and endurance in the pool. Unfortunately, this is all done at 6:00 a.m.! Until Hathaway Brown School finishes its renovations, the Arrows are at GA each morning at 6:00 before class and on campus doing dry-land training at 3:30 p.m.

Although the yardage is not topping the charts just yet, our practices have consisted of breath control, stroke technique drills and basically shaking off the dust from summer break. Looking at the weeks ahead, we plan on continuing to train as hard as we can to prepare ourselves for our first meet which is just four weeks away!

Coach Katz has been doing his best to give us every opportunity to work and believe me, we are being creative in our training! It is easy to get frustrated with the traveling, early mornings and schedule changes but we are not letting it consume us. We have high hopes this is going to make us a better, stronger and more competitive team. From what we hear, our new weight room in Daley will be available this week so that is yet another resource to add.

I can’t forget classes, though! Exams have also kicked in and time management skills have truly been put to the test. On our team, we have found the upperclassmen giving the newcomers some pointers in relation to professors, study habits and time management, as being a student-athlete can be difficult at times. The swim team has some extremely talented and smart girls and I am very proud of all of them.

So, we will continue to jump in that cold water at 6:00 a.m. and do what we love: work towards our goals both in the water and in the classroom. It’s going to be quite a year, everyone!

Can’t wait to keep you all updated and brag about the URSULINE COLLEGE SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM!

Go Arrows!

Allie Butta, Ursuline ’14
Captain of the 2013-14 UC swimming and diving team

Butta’s Blog Archive
Post One (Sep. 3, 2013)

Butta’s Blog


This is quite a year already! There is so much going on that I can’t even get my thoughts together to write this blog. I have been thrown into my senior year of nursing school and just this week, my last year as an Ursuline College swimmer has begun. It honestly doesn’t feel real.

This summer I kept myself busy working at a restaurant and bar in the Willoughby area and attempting to stay in top shape. Let me tell you, working nights and getting motivation to work out in the mornings isn’t easy!

I’m sure everyone has heard about the tornado tragedy so finding a pool this summer was difficult. Therefore, most of my summer workouts consisted of dry-land training. I have been lifting weights to gain some strength in the water and I also participated in CrossFit, which I love, to add endurance.

I was also lucky enough to go on a few trips to Mexico with my family over the summer to celebrate my last summer as a college student! (Again, CRAZY to think). Since classes have started, I have really enjoyed getting back into a set schedule but not so much all of the work. The nursing instructors are so great this year and seem to be as excited as the students to get into the real world and make a difference in the nursing world.

Swimming has also started! Coach Katz has had us utilizing the campus grounds for training until we begin in the water at Beachwood High School starting September 9th. Until then, we have been running miles around campus and doing other exercises. Let me just say … swimmers are notorious for their running abilities – or lack thereof. Coach Katz has also had us getting in the competitive spirit by having inner-team Ultimate Frisbee games on the new lacrosse field. It’s actually quite the workout!

We are all sore and cannot wait to get into the water. The countdown begins for our first meet which is October 12th. We may have a small team but we have the school spirit and definitely some girls to watch out for! This will be a great year, no doubt.

Personally, I’d like to thank everyone who has helped the school during this chaotic time. Our athletic director and coaches have been working really hard to make sure all of the student-athletes get the most out of their seasons and Ursuline athletics will only come out of this with more strength and spirit than before!

Until next time, GO ARROWS!

Allie Butta, Ursuline ’14

Captain of the 2013-14 UC swimming team

Gym Gone but Spirit Isn’t

Greetings from room 110 of the Dauby Science Center, the lab turned makeshift office to 11 members of the Ursuline College athletic department after a tornado hit the College’s campus on July 20th. The 110 mile per hour winds caused an external wall of the Matthew J. O’Brien Athletic Center to collapse and destroyed part of the roof. Offices were packed up and sent to storage while the building is assessed to see if – or when – it’s safe to return.

The tornado came just eight days after the school received a final stamp of approval from the NCAA and was welcomed as an active Division II institution.

Much is still unknown. How much will insurance cover? When will the athletic facility begin to be re-built and what will it look like? Where we will practice on a day-to-day basis?

These questions have been discussed by the administration as they have worked around the clock while demonstrating tremendous leadership and resiliency. Hathaway Brown has already agreed to host the volleyball matches that were scheduled to take place in the O’Brien Center and only basketball needs a permanent home for games. Vans have been purchased to safely transport student-athletes to and from practice destinations and modular units are on the way to replace the offices and training room that are no longer functioning.

The rest of the answers will come. Maybe not as quickly as we would like, but the answers will come.

What we do know for certain is that we were lucky the tornado hit in the wee hours of a Saturday morning. Just 10 hours earlier, our campus was home to the Blue Streak All-Sports Camp and dozens of children were running around. We thank God that no one was harmed.

We know that eventually we will restore our campus and it will be a reminder of what we can do when we all come together. As is the case in athletics, a little bit of effort goes a very long way. We will get this building up and running again, piece by piece.

We know that we are being looked after. Many schools and community centers in the area have reached out to inquire about how they may help us get back on our feet.

We know that we are loved. The outpouring of support we received post-tornado has been very much appreciated. Perhaps not every single e-mail, text message, Tweet or voicemail expressing well-wishes was responded to, but the message was received and we are grateful for the support.

We know that people have an eye on Ursuline. Media outlets across the country published stories about the tornado damage and as a result, website traffic and social media hits have skyrocketed. People want to know what Ursuline is about.

What we are about is adapting to the times, making something out of nothing. The conditions are not ideal, but we will make this work. We will meet the challenges head on. We will do the best with what we have and take that principle with us in all that we do. We will not make excuses.

We are a place of higher learning, but now this community is about teaching as we will be an example of how to respond to adversity.

Viva Orlando—for a day: Ursuline College’s ARROWS mentoring program receives Student Leadership Award

Blog by Jamie Carter, Studentjenzabar_blog_1

It had been a trying week to say the least. Having completed my last final exam of the semester, I exited Mullen 213 nearly crawling, subconsciously wishing my bed could meet me half way. Still I forced myself to check my email. Not that I was looking for anything in particular, but as I passed the computer lab, I got a feeling that menacingly called me to stop in and check it. I logged in. A message from Coach McKnight: “[We have received a grant from Jenzabar for the mentoring program, they want two students to go to Orlando… I need to know asap…]”. Shaking myself more alert, I re-read the email. “To: Jamie Carter, From: Cindy McKnight, cc: …”—WOAH! I looked around unsure if the loud “WOAH” in my head had escaped my vocal chords. With more sophistication, I humbly accepted the invitation. Two things just happened that was about to change (as my mentees would say) “the game”:  Someone had believed, and therefore financially supported our “baby “(the Ursuline College A.R.O.W.S mentoring program)—and I was going to Orlando, Florida. Fatigue was nowhere in sight.

“Hi, my name is Jamie Carter—“

jenzabar_blog_2“Yes, Miss. Carter…” the agent politely interrupted me as though she were expecting my call. I had contacted the instructed company to book my flight. Everything was already taken care of, I needed only to choose aisle or window. As I was going through the motions of preparation, I still couldn’t believe that I was about to go on my very first business trip, if you will. Just days prior, I was second guessing God’s calling me back to Cleveland/ Ursuline College;  finals week (or any obstacle for that matter) can often cause one to second guess their purpose or goals, however “this” was confirmation that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

“This” is properly known as the Jenzabar foundation’s Student Leadership Award. The A.R.R.O.W.S mentoring program was being recognized for having made a “significant contribution to better the world outside of their [institution] of higher education” ( My job was to present our program at JAM 2013 (Jenzabar’s Annual Meeting), and to accept the award on behalf of Ursuline College, Sister Diana, and the A.R.R.O.W.S program—no pressure. Seriously though, besides my fierce stage fright, there was no pressure. I alongside Ursuline College’s grant writer Jimeka Holloway presented the A.R.R.O.W.S mentoring program from the heart. From 3-5 pm at the magnificent Gaylord jenzabar_blog_3hotel (which hosted hundreds of individuals attending JAM 2013) I exclaimed to passerby via poster presentation that we have a passionate group of freshman/ sophomore mentors at Ursuline College, who have on top of an already demanding schedule (being mostly student athletes), committed their four years to guiding their mentee through high school. Our mentees are freshman girls from Warrensville Heights High School. Aside from the shocking obstacles that these girls face solely because of the generation that they are growing up in; added to their hurdles, are educational, economic and racial hardships and statistics. They were chosen by their principals to join our program because of their strong desire to become successful despite the entities against them.