MU freshmen can attend a wide range of athletic events

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
The Missouri softball team plays Illinois in the MIssourian file photo. In addition to football and basketball, MU hosts 16 other athletic teams that have been successful in the Big 12 Conference and nationally.

COLUMBIA — For avid sports fans, there may be no greater feeling than putting your arm around a friend and singing the alma mater or pumping your fist in the air as Marching Mizzou plays the fight song.

MU sports fans have collected vivid memories of doing both of these at football and basketball games.

For some, going to sporting events follows a family tradition.

“It’s just how I grew up,” said Kyle Ley, a sophomore atmospheric sciences major. “My brother went to Mizzou and got me interested in the games. And it (school spirit) has just grown since I’ve gotten older.”

But many students forget that MU hosts 16 other athletic teams that have been successful in the Big 12 Conference and nationally.

Here are other sports to follow:

Volleyball: The women’s volleyball team reached the national tournament in 2011 for the second straight year and the 10th time in 12 seasons. In 2010, some sports analysts even called them the “Cinderella Team” when they advanced all the way to the Sweet 16.

Swimming: The women’s swimming and diving team made a splash this past season by finishing 14th at the 2012 NCAA Championships in March. It was their first top-15 finish in program history.

Wrestling: The men’s wrestling team also had much success this past season. They won their first Big 12 Championship, had four individual conference tournament champions and qualified all 10 starters for the national championship.

Softball: The team almost reached the Women's College World Series for the fourth consecutive time this year after finishing its season 47-14. It lost to Louisiana State University in the NCAA super regional, but two players were named All-Americans — Chelsea Thomas picked up First Team honors, and senior Ashley Fleming was selected to the Second Team.

Baseball: After struggling at the end of the season, the Tigers found success in the Big 12 tournament to earn a berth in national postseason play. They lost in the Tucson Regional to the University of Louisville, but three players were picked up by major league teams. The Atlanta Braves took Eric Garcia, Ben Turner went to the San Francisco Giants and Blake Holovach got a call from the Seattle Mariners.

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