Nate Gercken, Senior Class Lead Baseball to Win

    Top performances win out during an Academy record-setting night

    Baseball Senior Day (featuring L to R Nate Gercken, Nick Giotta, James Singzon, Daniel Skinner, Chucky Cavestany, Jordan Thomas, Maclane Brady) (photo by Eric Manlove)

    Baseball Senior Day (featuring L–R: Nate Gercken, Nick Giotta, James Singzon, Daniel Skinner, Chucky Cavestany, Jordan Thomas, Maclane Brady). Photo by Eric Manlove.

    Senior starting pitcher Nate Gercken (Multimedia Communications) delivered a performance fit for Senior Night on April 3, throwing a one-hit, complete game shutout in the final home game of his ART U career to defeat Holy Names 2–0 in a Pacific West Conference game at Laney College.

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    Women's Tennis Seniors Carry No. 11 ART U Past HNU

    Women's Tennis Senior Day (featuring L to R Kinga Kurzbuch, Nina Gajdosikova, & Jenny Johansson) (photo by Mariana Pazos)

    Women’s Tennis Senior Day (featuring L–R: Kinga Kurzbuch, Nina Gajdosikova and Jenny Johansson). Photo by Mariana Pazos.

    A Senior Day victory on April 11 stretched the No. 11 Academy of Art University women’s tennis team’s win streak to six, as seniors Nina Gajdosikova (Graphic Design), Jenny Johansson (Fashion Design) and Kinga Kurczbuch (Industrial Design) each helped lead the Urban Knights to a 6-3 win over Holy Names at the San Francisco Tennis Club.

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    Jordan Edwards Tops Division II in 200m, 400m at Sun Angel

    Track - Jordan Edwards (photo by Alexander McNally)

    Jordan Edwards. Photo by Alexander McNally.

    Under the lights against world-class runners, Jordan Edwards (Multimedia Communications) posted a pair of impressive times in the 400m and 200m to highlight Academy of Art University in the 36th Annual Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State’s Sun Angel Stadium on April 11. Edwards emerged No. 1 in NCAA Division II in both events while competing against the likes of Olympians Anaso Jobodwana, Ryan Bailey and Kirani James.

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    No. 11 Women's Tennis Takes Down No. 17 UCSD

    WTEN - Nina Gajdosikova (by Rob Garcia)

    Nina Gajdosikova. Photo by Rob Garcia.

    A clash of top-20 teams on March 27 went the way of the Academy of Art University women’s tennis team, as the No. 11-ranked Urban Knights took down No. 17 UC San Diego at the San Francisco Tennis Club.

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    Walk-off, Grand Slam among Highlights at Softball's Tournament of Champions

    SB - Haily MacDonald (by Rob Garcia)

    Haily MacDonald. Photo by Rob Garcia.

    Playing seven games in three days in Turlock at Cal State Stanislaus’ Tournament of Champions, Academy of Art University softball saw a series of great moments while going 3–4 in the tournament.

    Up against Western Oregon on Day 1, freshman Brenna Mitchell (Interior Architecture & Design) was lights out in a relief role, striking out six of the first 10 batters she faced to eventually take the Urban Knights into extra innings still tied 1–1.

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    Urban Knights Dig in with Friends of the Urban Forest

    XC - L to R Chris Costa, Logan Means, Justice Hinojosa, & McKaela Christenson (no credit)

    (L–R) Chris Costa, Logan Means, Justice Hinojosa and McKaela Christenson. Courtesy of the Athletics Department.

    In addition to running the streets of San Francisco, Academy of Art University cross country recently had an opportunity for a different kind of workout, partnering with Friends of the Urban Forest to prepare an area in the Mission for planting trees.

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    Women's Golfer Sterling Hawkins Earns Second Straight PacWest Golfer of the Week Honor

    Sterling Hawkins (by Kenny Chacon)

    Sterling Hawkins. Photo by Kenny Chacon.

    Another career-best round netted Academy of Art University women’s golf freshman Sterling Hawkins (Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media), another Pacific West Conference Golfer of the Week award; this time for the week of March 23–29 after finishing seventh at the Cal State Monterey Bay Women’s Otter Invitational at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, CA.

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    ART U Volleyball Serves Up Cleaning Campaign

    VB Community Service (by Ed Jackson)

    Volleyball community service. Photo by Ed Jackson.

    Back in March, the Academy of Art University volleyball team spent another beautiful day in San Francisco beautifying the city. All 12 members of the ART U squad pitched in and picked up trash along Ocean Beach and in Golden Gate Park.

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