La Trobe athletes continue to shine on Day 2 of Uni Nationals

Our Team La Trobe athletes have followed up their efforts from Day 1 with some more solid performances on Day 2 of the 2022 UniSport Australia Nationals competition.

Both our men’s and women’s basketball teams continued their strong start with some wins on Day 2. In their only game of the day, the men’s team easily beat the University of Newcastle, 52-30. The women’s team had a strong day as well, dominating Western Sydney University, 62-15, before pulling through in a tight contest against the Australian National University, where the final score was 49-40.

Our La Trobe swimmers had a brilliant day in the pool, taking home four medals for their efforts.  Reidel Smith (main image) claimed two medals, winning gold in the 200-metre individual medley and silver in the 100-metre breaststroke. She also finished fifth in the 1500-metre freestyle.

Mia Holah won herself a silver medal in the 100-metre butterfly, and finished sixth in the 50-metre backstroke, while Cameron Jordan claimed a gold medal in the 100-metre breaststroke.

Our mixed netball team started off Day 2 just as they left off the day before, defeating Monash University 36-32. Unfortunately, they could not secure their third win of the competition later in the day, suffering a loss to the University of Canberra in their second game of the day. The final score was 28-50.

After a win and a loss on Day 1, La Trobe women’s soccer team added to the draw column on Day 2 of the competition, playing out a 0-0 draw with the Australian National University.

Our women’s volleyball team rectified their tough result from Day 1, defeating the University of Melbourne 2-1. The results for our men’s volleyball team unfortunately swung the other way, with the team losing 0-2 against The University of Western Australia and 1-2 against the University of Melbourne.

The La Trobe men’s badminton team claimed their first win of the competition, defeating the University of Western Australia, 7-2. However, it was another tough day for the women’s team, who were defeated 1-8 by the University of Queensland and 0-8 by the University of Melbourne.

It was also a hard day for our lacrosse team, who were defeated 7-29 by Edith Cowan University and 4-20 by RMIT University.

Finally, our La Trobe’s fencers Jacob Ohrt and Melody Lee followed up yesterday’s performances with seventh and tenth placed finishes in their respective Men’s and Women’s Epee rankings.

For daily updates and recaps throughout the 2022 UniSport Nationals, stay tuned to the La Trobe Sport Facebook and Instagram channels.

Brandon Patane is a third-year Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) student at La Trobe University. You can follow him and see more of his work on Twitter @brandonp_13.