Today marks the start of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. Can you feel the excitement? We can. We’re siding with Asia McCants and against the odds by selecting South Carolina as our pick to be crowned National Champions. Check out our bracket below. Who’s your pick to win it all? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to follow us on Twitter for up-to-date tournament coverage! If you still haven’t filled out your bracket, click here for a printable one. Happy March Madness!!
This year was supposed to be the “rebuilding year” for Geno Auriemma’s team, but wins over 9 top 25 teams rebuked that notion. They have been the best college team in the country this year, but with close games against good competition and the recent scare against Tulane, we can’t just give UCONN the trophy yet. There IS a way to beat UCONN, and if last year’s tournament didn’t emphasize this enough, anyone can lose on any given night. The writers at GladiatHers® love competition and we have a pretty good idea of who can beat UCONN and how they can do it.
On Saturday, some friends and I took a trip to Birmingham, AL to check out the 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, the other March Madness. To say watching some of the nation’s top athletes perform was exciting is an understatement. Men and women ran, jumped and threw their ways to meet, track and personal records. Oregon would claim the men’s and women’s titles, but that doesn’t mean that athletes from other schools didn’t give some outstanding performances. One of the particularly exciting events and performances was in the Women’s 60m Dash. With a field packed with formidable, experienced contenders a freshman took to her blocks and brought home the NCAA trophy, in record time. University of Texas’ Teahna Daniels showed what March Madness is all about when she stunned everyone by racing to the finish line in 7.11 seconds, the fastest time ever run by a freshman. Take a look at her blistering speed below:
While Daniels’ upset victory may have been unexpected for her competitors and many attendees, it was not at all surprising for her. Daniels, who plans to major in Nutritional Science, came into the meet believing in herself and the hard work that she put into her preparation. The belief and hard work paid off in a major way. I could go on and on about how great Daniels and her accomplishment are, but I figured you’d appreciate it more if you heard directly from her. So take a look at what Teahna Daniels has to say about being a National Champion and life as a student-athlete: Continue reading