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RU athletes reflect on cancellation of spring season

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

by Christian Frazier

Sports Editor

With reporting by Samuel Forthofer, Daniel Higgins, Taylor Isenberg, Alexander Mason and Brad Miller

The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, which Rochester University competes in, canceled the spring athletic season on March 14. The RU sports affected by this decision were men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, softball, lacrosse, and men’s and women’s golf.

Shield Media reached out to some RU spring sports coaches and athletes to get their response at not being able to compete this semester.


The baseball team went from playing their best baseball in four years to being canceled in a matter of days

Jordan Eaddy

RHP, sports management major

It’s hard working with these guys for six months and not being able to see how that would have played out. We spent more time with each other than we did our own families, and in a couple of days someone that doesn’t know you or your brothers can take everything away from you. It’s the right decision given the circumstances, but it hurts. I especially feel bad for the seniors who have worked for four years for this moment. It’s a tough situation.”

Scott Kunert

Head baseball coach

"We were playing on Wednesday, a game in which Coach Garth Pleasant was actually in attendance as he spends his winters down there. That was when we heard of the first reported cases in Michigan. At that point, nothing much changed for us except that schools and sports around the country were talking about suspending classes and play. Two days later on Friday, we suspected we might be playing our last game of the season. On Saturday we learned that our season was over."

Track & Field

Isabelle Dietz

Senior sports management major

Dietz discovered her season was cut short while on a study abroad trip to Africa, which was also cut short. “Race each race like it’s your last one. You don’t know when it could be taken away from you without you knowing.” 

Alex Wilson

Head Track & Field Coach

“The coronavirus unfortunately affected all spring sports seasons in a negative way. I feel bad for all the seniors like Isabelle Dietz who ended their careers earlier than planned.”


Rachel Blohm

Senior interdisciplinary studies major

Blohm was devastated when she found out her final season was canceled. "No words can describe how fast it was taken. No more games, no more competition in a college program, and no more seeing my favorite people. It was crazy how fast it was taken away from all of us. We thought we had a whole season to come back to, but it was over in the blink of an eye.”  


The men's and women’s golf teams have been competing since early September and their seasons were set to conclude with the WHAC championships April 26-28. 

Jacob Gernaat

Junior accounting major

“At first, we were not sure what COVID-19 is capable of. With golf being outdoors and more than six feet apart, I was hopeful we were going to play. When NCAA came out about canceling spring sports, we assume the WHAC will follow through.... I feel bad for all sports and athletes.”

Gernaat also believes seniors should be able to retain eligibility. "It is really tough because I don’t believe athletes will come back after graduating and spending that money to finish out their eligibility.” The NAIA announced in a statement on March 16 that: “Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.”


Rebekah Sewell

Sophomore elementary education major

“I am sad because I miss lacrosse and my teammates, but I understand why they had to do it. I feel bad for the seniors who don't get to play their last season. We'll just have to work a lot harder next season.”

Read more of Shield's in-depth coverage about RU and the impact of COVID-19



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