Torero Tidbits: Weeks of Welcome Events; Women's Tennis, Golf

Torero Tidbits: Weeks of Welcome Events; Women's Tennis, Golf

Torero Program Board Hosts Virtual “Weeks of Welcome” 

On Monday, Aug. 17, the first day of the fall 2020 semester — albeit remotely — the University of San Diego’s Torero Program Board has one request of all undergraduate students: Take a photo of what you’re wearing on your first day of classes and let us know about it!

Take a photo of yourself in your first-day outfit by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17. Post it on your Instagram story and make sure to tag @usd_tpb and use the hashtag #USDWoW2020.

Three lucky individuals will randomly be selected to win $150 toward the purchase of their textbooks.


This action is just the first of several remote activities planned by the Torero Program Board, Associated Student Government and USD’s Student Activities and Involvement during the “Weeks of Welcome” promotion in August and early September.

Other first week events include Chase After Change, which is a scavenger hunt to practice changemaking and win prizes, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 19; Virtual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Aug. 20 at 12:15 p.m.; a Virtual First-Generation Student Welcome Aug. 20 from 5-6:30 p.m.; and a Fun in the Sun event on Aug. 21 with Yoga (11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) and Zumba (11:15 a.m.) online classes and trivia all day to win recreation classes and equipment.

Opportunities to learn about the USD campus, resources, special group welcome events and getting involved at USD highlight the rest of August. Virtually visit the departments in the Hahn University Center and Student Life Pavilion (Aug. 22-29), check out Reach for the Stars (Aug. 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.) for a virtual panel to learn about resources and ways to achieve success at USD and beyond. The traditional fall Alcala Bazaar will be split into two virtual times (Aug. 25 and 27, 12-2 p.m. both days) to find ways to get involved. Tuesday is for academics, fraternities, sororities and sports. Thursday is for Changemaker, multicultural, special interest and spiritual. A Taste of TPB (Aug. 29, 7-9 p.m.) consists of virtual team challenges Partners in Crime and Follow Me Escape Room. Pre-registration is required.

A number of virtual welcome events will close out the month with the LGBTQ+ and Allies Fall Kickoff on Aug. 26, 7 p.m.; Commuter Connections on Aug. 28, 6 p.m.; the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Welcome is on Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m.; and a Latinx Welcome is Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. There will also be an Out-of-State Welcome virtual event, but a time and date will be finalized soon.

Tennis’ Colling Finishes as an ITA Summer Nationals Finalist 

After capturing five wins in three days, San Diego women’s tennis team standout Solymar Colling finished as a finalist at the 2020 Oracle ITA National Summer Championships in College Station, Texas on Aug. 11 as she lost to Pepperdine's Jessica Failla 6-2, 6-1 in the championship match.

The redshirt sophomore, who picked up two of her five total victories on Monday in the quarterfinals and semifinals, advanced to the championship match Tuesday by advancing through a 96-player field.

In her tournament run, Colling defeated two opponents from the collegiate ranks — Jayci Goldsmith of Texas A&M (Round of 16) and Adriana Reami of North Carolina State (semifinals) — while also winning in straight sets three times.

Golf’s Xu Eliminated from U.S. Amateur in 18-Man Playoff 

Incoming USD student-athlete Andi Xu shot 73 and 72 on the first two days at the week-long U.S. Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, but was eliminated in an 18-man playoff Wednesday morning to claim one of three last available spots for the 64-man match play format.

Xu’s 145 total put him at 2-over-par with the other 17. Aaron Du, Cameron Sisk and Evan Katz claimed the spots. Xu made consecutive pars on the playoff holes to be eliminated. Meanwhile, Du went par-birdie and Sisk and Katz each advanced with a birdie on first extra hole.

Xu, making his second straight appearance in the U.S. Amateur, had four birdies in the first round, but also had a double bogey and four bogeys for a 73. In the second round, Xu notched six birdies, but also six bogeys to finish at even-par 72.

Xu, a resident of Rancho Santa Fe who graduated from Torrey Pines High School, enters USD this fall as a student and first-year player for the Torero men’s golf team coached by former PGA Tour player Chris Riley.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

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