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MM 4.29: Maryland women’s golf team receives Big Ten honors

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Three Maryland women’s golfers were honored with season awards and head coach Diana Cantu was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by the conference on Wednesday.

In her sixth season with the Terps, Cantu led Maryland to a No. 19 national ranking by Golfstat, the highest in the Big Ten.

In addition to Cantu, seniors Virunpat Olankitkunchai, Laura Van Respaille and Xiaolin Tian all received Big Ten honors.

Olankitkunchai and Van Respaille earned first-team honors while Tian made the second team. In the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championship, Tian finished fifth overall with a final score of 212 (-4), Van Respille tied for sixth with a score of 213 (-3) marking her career highest finish in a conference tournament and Olankitkunchai finished 14th overall with a final score of 217 (+1).

The No. 19 Terps will compete as a fifth-seed in the 2021 NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals from May 10-12.

In other news

Joe previewed Maryland women’s lacrosse’s Big Ten quarterfinal matchup against Michigan.

Maryland men’s basketball promoted Greg Manning Jr. to Director of Basketball Operations.

Maryland football highlighted its Director of Football Operations, Abir Chaudry.

Maryland women’s lacrosse is preparing for its 2021 postseason.

Maryland volleyball star Erika Pritchard is headed to Penn State.

Maryland men’s soccer is preparing for the NCAA Tournament.