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On leaving the sport that raised me

I qualified for my first Olympic trials when I was 14 years old. Getting there was hard, but leaving the sport was harder. Synchronized swimming (now artistic swimming), as Wikipedia defines it, is a “hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied…

Zhang: Athletics and motherhood are not mutually exclusive

As we take time this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day, I was shocked to see the lack of attention that major sports media gave to mothers (and women in general). Browsing sports news websites Sunday morning, I noticed the only times women were even mentioned on the home pages were the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and Jessica Andrade’s strawweight victory, while in contrast, men had hundreds of headlines. I’m not trying to discredit the male athletes’ achievements and their newsworthiness, but the lack of mothers on this day in particular perpetuates a dangerous narrative: motherhood and athletics are mutually exclusive.

Tennis gears up for NCAA tournament action

With a 17-game winning streak and their fourth consecutive Pac-12 championship under their belt, No. 3 Stanford women’s tennis (22-1, 10-0 Pac-12) now prepares to face New Mexico State (15-9, 3-2 WAC) in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium will host the match, which will take place at 12:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, with the winner moving on to the second round of the tournament.