Sports Briefs – Winter 2024

Utah soccer’s freshman forward Kennedy Schoennauer was named to the Pac-12’s All-Freshman Team. She finished her first year as a Ute with four assists, tied for the most on the roster, and she was also in the top five in points, shots, and shots on goal. Schoennauer is the first Ute to earn an all-freshman team nod since Taliana Kaufusi in 2020 and is the program’s ninth all-freshman selection overall.

The U is set to build a new baseball facility on campus, named America First Ballpark. Smith’s Ballpark—the current home of the U baseball team, as well as the Salt Lake Bees—is slated for demolition as the Bees move to Draper, Utah. The new venue will rise on Guardsman Way, transforming the site of the existing Utah Baseball practice field into a state-of-the-art facility, in partnership with America First Credit Union.

Led by a pair of All-American efforts from McKaylie Caesar and Anna Peters, the 14th-ranked Utah cross country team finished 13th overall at the NCAA Championships this past fall, the second-best finish ever in program history.

U volleyball outside hitter Kamryn Gibadlo earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 Freshman team. Gibadlo ended her first season as a Ute in the top 30 in the Pac-12 with 2.61 kills per set. The Cave Creek, Arizona, native tallied 17 matches with double-digit kills. She accumulated 284 kills in her debut season on 787 swings, ranking second on the team in each category. 

Utah women’s basketball forward Alissa Pili is No. 1 in the NCAA for 3-point percentage and No. 4 in points per game. She was named Player of the Week by the AP, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, ESPN, and Pac-12 for performances in December, including 37 points against No. 1 South Carolina.


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