Canavan, a native of Palm Desert, Calif., won the shot put with a WAC seaon-best throw of 17.59m (57-08.50) at the Willie Williams Classic last weekend. The mark leads the WAC by over eight feet, and currently ranks fifth in the nation. Canavan redshirted the 2011 indoor season.
SWIMMING: Lisa Pursley has been hired as an assistant swimming coach, beginning in the 2011-12 season.
Pursley previously swam under head coach Greg Winslow while attending Coronado High in Colorado Springs before becoming a three-time All-American at the University of Arizona. She was also named an Academic All-American, earning the Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award as well. In 2006, the Olympic Trials qualifier helped the Wildcats to the Pac-10 championship. She graduated from Arizona with a B.A. in elementary education in 2007 and has worked as a swimming coach at the Phoenix Swim Club while pursuing her Master's degree at Arizona State.
During the summer of 2008, Pursley worked for the Auburn Tigers swim camp where she helped create and coach dry land and swimming workouts for high school athletes. The following summer, she was an assistant coach for the Pine Crest swim team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., under the direction of the head coach Mark Zmuda.
Last year, Pursley was an assistant swimming coach at Rutgers University in New Jersey under head coach Phil Spiniello.
Pursley's whole family has a swimming background. David Pursley, her brother, is a record-holding former Ute swimmer. Her father, Dennis Pursley, is the former Director of USA Swimming and is currently the Director of Swimming for Great Britain.
SOFTBALL: At Fairfax, Va.,b ehind stellar pitching performances by Generra Nielson and Naomi Amu, the University of Utah softball team swept a doubleheader with a pair of shutouts at George Mason, 4-0 and 6-0, on Tuesday at the GMU Softball Complex.
Utah (14-15) outscored George Mason 10-0 between the two games and held an 18-5 edge in hits.
Three Utes posted .500 batting averages for the day, led by freshman Chalese Fankhauser. She went 3-for-6 at the plate with four RBI. Brooke Olson posted a team-high four hits in eight at-bats, while Tara Glover was 3-for-6 with four runs scored from the leadoff spot. Sophomore shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina tied Fankhauser for team-high honors with four RBI off a grand slam in the third inning of game two.
Game 1: Utah def. George Mason, 4-0
In the first game of the day, Nielson earned her 10th victory of the season after 6.0 innings and not allowing a run on four hits with only one walk and 11 strikeouts. The Blanding, Utah native improved to 10-10 this season.
Senior pitcher Brittany Parker came on to nail down the win with a perfect seventh inning that included a pair of strikeouts.
The Ute offense bookended two-run innings to claim a 4-0 win over the Patriots in the first game of the day.
Game 2: Utah def. George Mason, 6-0
Amu threw six no-hit innings before GMU's Rachael Davies led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left field. The one-hitter was the first complete game shutout of her career as she struck out seven and only walked two Patriot batters.
MEN'S GOLF: At Tucson, Ariz., the team wrapped up play at the University of Arizona National Invitational Tournament today on the Omni Tucson National Catalina and Sonoran courses. Following a two-round score of 614 (312-302), the Utes posted a third round mark of 300, their lowest of the tournament. Senior Derek Adams led Utah, swinging a 223 (76-77-70) to tie for 26th.
Senior Jeff Kitches (79-72-78) and freshman Ben Bankhead (79-75-75) were the next to finish on theUte roster, posting scores of 229 to tie for 51st place. Senior Mike Branca tied for 84th place with a mark of 238 (78-83-77), while fellow senior Chase Hite finished in 91st with a score of 243 (84-78-81).
The Utes return to action at the San Diego State University Barona Cup, held at Barona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, Calif,. Thursday and Friday. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: The Utes' (5-8) match against 63rd-ranked Oregon (7-7, 1-4 Pac-10) has been moved up and will now be played at 11 a.m. Wednesday instead of the previously announced 1 p.m. The match will still be held at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.
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