Granite Bay grad Conner wins NCAA academic award for swimming

Wrestler Loder just misses All-America status
By: Staff reports
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Alyssa Conner didn’t touch the wall first in any of her events at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend at the University of Texas in Austin.

But the Texas A&M junior and Granite Bay High School graduate accepted the only trophy of its kind at the event.

Conner received the Elite 88 Academic Recognition Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average at each NCAA championship event. Conner has a cumulative 4.0 GPA. A marketing major, she has made the Academic All-Big 12 team twice, according to a Texas A&M news release.

“Alyssa is as diligent, hard-working and conscientious as any student I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” Texas A&M swimming and diving scholastic supervisor Chris Barttelbort said in the release. “To be recognized at the top of her peers is a testament to her as an athlete, a student and as a person.”

Conner competed in the 500-yard freestyle, 1,650 free and 400 individual medley in her first NCAA Championships. She was the bronze medalist in the 400 IM at the Big 12 Championships last month.

College wrestling
Loder just misses
– Granite Bay graduate Ryan Loder, a redshirt freshman at Northern Iowa University, had a 3-2 record at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships last week in Philadelphia.

Loder, seeded sixth in the 184-pound division, defeated Ben Clymer of Hofstra 4-2 in his first match and then lost to Diego Bencomo of Duke 12-10.

Competing in the wrestlebacks Friday morning, Loder used an escape and a takedown to pull away and defeat Brice Arand of Oregon State 6-1. Loder then defeated Jonathan Fausey of Virginia 7-3 before losing to No. 4 seed Travis Rutt of Wisconsin 4-2. Rutt registered two takedowns in the first period.

The loss eliminated Loder just before the All-America rounds. Quentin Wright of Penn State won the 184-pound championship.

Loder finished with a 30-11 record overall. He was named to the All-Western Wrestling Conference team and won the NCAA West Regional championship.

High school boys lacrosse
Granite Bay wins twice
– The Grizzlies defeated Bishop O’Dowd 11-4 on Friday in Oakland and Piedmont 12-10 on Saturday. Granite Bay (4-2) now is ranked 12th among North Coast Section teams, according to

Chris Campbell scored three goals against O’Dowd (0-6), and Granite Bay scored four in a row in the second half to open an 8-4 lead. Stephen Graber had three assists, and junior Greg Marks won 13 of 17 faceoffs.

Freshman Nate Gruen scored three goals, and senior Chris Denham had three assists in the win over Piedmont. Granite Bay scored four unanswered goals for a 9-4 lead and held on at the end.

High school girls lacrosse
Granite Bay 15, Bella Vista 0
– Katrina Reeves registered her first career shutout as the Grizzlies handed the Broncos their first loss.