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Hurricane Magazine: May 2020

DIAZ, CANES KEEP PRESSING FORWARD

After being away from his football team for more than 10 weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, Miami coach Manny Diaz is looking forward to getting the Hurricanes back on the field. Click HERE for more.

A GRADUATION UNLIKE ANY OTHER

A pandemic may have postponed their graduation ceremonies, but 49 Hurricanes student-athletes still have plenty of reasons to celebrate as they earned their degrees. Click HERE for more.

FINISHING THE SEMESTER STRONG

In March, Miami’s student-athletes faced an unexpected transition. They’d have to finish the spring semester remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the weeks since, the athletic department’s Academic Services Department has found ways to give them all the support they’d need, from providing technological help to remote tutoring sessions. Click HERE to learn more.

A LETTER TO HURRICANES FANS

In this letter to Hurricanes supporters, Director of Athletics Blake James highlights some of the accomplishments of Miami’s student-athletes and coaches as the spring semester came to a close amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Click HERE to read more.

MCDANIEL THE HEART AND SOUL OF HURRICANES BASEBALL

For two decades, Robert “GM” McDaniel has been the heart and soul of Miami’s storied baseball program. Click HERE to read more.

LOOKING BACK: SLAYING GOLIATH

A look back at Miami’s stunning upset of the undefeated, reigning national champion Florida Gators during the 2004 NCAA Tournament in Gainesville. Click HERE to read more.

REWRITING THE RECRUITING PLAYBOOK

For Manny Diaz and his staff, this has been a spring evaluation period unlike any other. But while recruiting during a pandemic has come with a unique set of challenges, the Canes believe they found solutions that have helped them rise to the occasion. Click HERE to learn more about how Miami is navigating a recruiting season like no other.

GRIMSTAD GARNERS 2020 DINAH SHORE TROPHY AWARD

Hurricanes senior Renate Grimstad was recognized for her play, leadership and charitable contributions by the LPGA Foundation and was named the winner of this year’s Dinah Shore Trophy. Click HERE to read more.

BRIAN VAN BELLE, CHRIS MCMAHON NAMED ALL-AMERICANS

Brian Van Belle and Chris McMahon will forever be All-Americans, earning the honor from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Click HERE to read more.

DIVERSE ON LAND, A UNIT ON THE WATER

With rowers hailing from 10 different countries, the Hurricanes are the most geographically diverse team in the ACC. Click HERE to learn more.

ISSIAH WALKER RETURNS HOME

Four-star prospect and South Florida native Issiah Walker is coming home and enrolling at The U. Click HERE to read more about Walker’s decision.

ALICIA BLAGG, CLAIRE MCGINNIS REFLECT ON MIAMI CAREERS

Bill Diaz Award winners Alicia Blagg and Claire McGinnis reflected this month on their time with the Hurricanes swim & dive programs. Click HERE to read more about their time in Coral Gables.

HERE TO WORK

The newest member of the Miami men’s basketball program, Elijah Olaniyi is a first-generation American whose parents have instilled in him the value of hard work since he was a child. Click HERE to meet one of the newest Hurricanes.

CANES VOLLEYBALL TEAM ADDS TWO TO 2020 ROSTER

University of Miami volleyball head coach Jose “Keno” Gandara released the signing of two California natives, Daphne Mall and Grace Thayer, who are set to join the Hurricanes for the 2020 fall season. Click HERE to learn more.

LEARNING CURVE

A group of talented freshmen pitchers got their first taste of college baseball during Miami’s shortened season. Click HERE to read more about their journeys.

DOING WHAT SHE LOVES

Majoring in biochemisty, UM golfer Kristyna Frydlova puts in the time both on the course and in the classroom. Click HERE to read more.

A MATCHUP FOR THE AGES

Earlier this month, ESPN highlighted Miami’s 2002 matchup against rival Florida State and several Hurricanes greats shared what it meant to them to be part of one of the biggest games in program history. Click HERE to read more.

PEREZ-SOMARRIBA ADDS TO HER GLITTERING RESUME

Estela Perez-Somarriba of the Miami women’s tennis earned the ITA Southeast Region’s Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award and its Senior Player of the Year accolade. Click HERE to read more.

FOUR HURRICANES EARN ALL-AMERICAN RECOGNITION

Four members of the Hurricanes track team were recognized for their performances this season, earning All-American recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Click HERE to read more.

BARRERA LETS HIS GAME DO THE TALKING

Adria Soriano Barrera closed out his junior campaign ranked No. 39. Click HERE to read more.

MEIER, CANES ADD TWO MORE TO ROSTER

New Canes Karla Erjavic and Paula Fraile Ruiz will join the Miami roster and will look to make an impact when the 2020-21 season begins. Click HERE to learn more about Erjavic’s path to The U and HERE to read why Fraile Ruiz came to Miami.

ELLIS EARNS NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

University of Miami track and field standout Brittny Ellis has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for both her academic and athletic achievements. Click HERE to read more.

SAAC SPOTLIGHT: DALANDA OUENDENO MAKES HISTORY

Former Hurricanes soccer player Dalanda Ouendeno, a 2019 UM graduate, became the first international woman of color to serve on a pit crew during a NASCAR race this month when she worked a truck series race in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this month. A French native from Paris, Ouendeno joined NASCAR after participating in the Drive for Diversity Combine at UM in 2019.

2020 UMSHOF FISHING TOURNAMENT CANCELED

The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame has announced, after careful consideration, that its 2020 Celebrity Fishing Tournament has been canceled. The event was originally scheduled to take place May 15-16, but was postponed to July.

Because of continued restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament now plans to make its return in May of 2021. The UMSHoF looks forward to working with presenting sponsors Apex Marine and Pursuit Boats, as well as Monty’s Raw Bar, for the 2021 tournament. For more information on next year’s event or to become a sponsor, call UMSHoF Executive Director John Routh at the Hall of Fame at 305-284-2275 or go to CanesFish.com.