SCAD Wins NAIA Women’s Swimming Title
The Savannah College of Art & Design women’s swimming team won their second NAIA National Championship in as many years. The event took place in Columbus, Georgia at the Columbus Aquatic Center, February 27-March 2.
It was the Bees third National Title in four years and the fifth overall.
SCAD scored 638.5 points to capture their second straight NAIA National Championship. Keiser University finished in second with 477.5 points.
The Bees claimed first place in four events while getting second place in five events and third three times.
Lydia Reinhardt won the 200 yard butterfly and Spencer Sheridan won the 200 yard freestyle. Also winning were the 200 yard freestyle relay team (Sheridan, Kaylen Hou, Anna Kate McGinty and Sara Lacustay) and the 800 yard freestyle relay team (Sheridan, Shayna Salzman, Sarah Dostie and Julie Henninger).
The SCAD men finished second at the NAIA swimming Championships. Keiser won with 622 points while the Bees had 599.5 points.
Ziltan Monori (200 yard IM) and Gergo Zacher (100 yard backstroke) had first place finishes for the SCAD men.
Ellison To Leave Pitt
Redshirt junior wing Malik Ellison will transfer from the Pittsburgh men’s basketball program, head coach Jeff Capel announced on April 3.
Ellison, who was the team’s captain this past season, played in 31 games and averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures five times with a season-high 15 points in an early season win over North Alabama.
The 6-foot-6 guard will graduate and have a free transfer with one season of eligibility remaining. His major is Media and Professional Communications.
Ellison played just one season at Pitt, after sitting out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He came to Pitt in 2017 after spending his first two seasons at St. John’s.
A native of Vorhees, New Jersey, Ellison is the son of former Savannah High and NBA center Pervis Ellison.
Rigdon Hired As AD, Football Coach
Former Savannah State baseball coach has been hired as the athletic director and head football coach at Richland Springs High School in Texas.
Rigdon was an assistant football coach last season as well as the head boys basketball coach. Last season, the Richland football team went 11-2 while the boys basketball team had a 17-2 record. Richland plays six-man football.
Prior to working at Richland, Rigdon was the head baseball coach at Lighthouse Private Christian Academy in Florida and before that he was the head baseball coach for two years at Pensacola High. He was the baseball coach at Chickasaw High in Alabama before moving to Florida.
In his nine years as the SSU baseball coach, Rigdon’s teams won 300 games. In his final season (2005), the Tigers beat four major Division I programs (Villanova, Navy, Temple and West Virginia).