Editor’s note: With several sports going on, Wildcat Wrap serves as a recap that focuses on the Arizona programs that we do not have the time to cover on a regular basis but are certainly worthy of recognition.
Gigi Stoll, a member of the Arizona women’s golf 2018 national championship team, earned status on the LPGA Tour for the 2023-24 season after successfully completing Q-School earlier this month.
Stoll is one of 45 golfers to pass Q-School, which was held at Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Ala.
Stoll has competed on the Epson Tour, formerly the LPGA Futures Tour, since 2019. She has career earnings of $192,254 including 10 career top 10s and one career victory. Her lone win came in Tucson this March, where she took home the Casino del Sol Classic at Sewailo Golf Club.
A native of Beaverton, Oregon, Stoll competed four seasons at Arizona (2015-2018). She secured vital match play points in Arizona’s run to the 2018 national title.
Swimming and diving
Arizona swimming and diving is competing this week at the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas. The event concludes Tuesday evening with finals in six events.
Final day in Vegas
Prelims 9:30 am MST, Finals 6:00 pm MST
♀️100 IM, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 1650 Free
Follow along in Twitter & Meet Mobile #BearDown ⬇️
— Arizona Swim & Dive (@ArizonaSwimDive) December 19, 2023
Arizona sent a reduced contingent to Las Vegas; six men swimmers and four women swimmers are competing.
The Arizona men are ranked No. 20 in the latest coaches’ poll, while the women are unranked.
Arizona soccer added two recruits to its 2024 signing class last week.
Sydney Osborn, a forward from Dana Point, Calif., and Rikako Hayami, a defender from Osaka, Japan, signed with the program.
Osborn plays for Santa Margarita High School, which won the California state championship this year.
“Sydney is an aggressive striker, possessing both the ability to get in behind defenses and hold the ball up to combine with teammates,” said Arizona coach Becca Moros. “She’s hard working, passionate about the game and driven to keep getting better. That’s what we’re all about at Arizona Soccer, and I know she will come in ready to go and bring a fighting spirit and goal scoring prowess that will help us take our program to the next level. I’m looking forward to working with her in the fall.”
Osaka joins the program from Arizona Western College, where she was named a junior college All-American.
“Riko is a capable center back with strong tactical game understanding, clean technical skills, and deft passing ability that would also allow her to play in the midfield,” Moros said. “She grew up in a different soccer culture in Japan where the emphasis is heavily on these aspects of the game. She will bring something unique to the program, both in her anticipated individual performances and also by what having a player like that does to challenge other players daily in the training environment. I’m excited to get started with her in January.”