Friday, September 28, 2007
- Kendra Willis practicing for her wins in the one-meter and three-meter NCAA Division II championships.
SCSU sophomore diver Nate Jimmerson, Apple Valley, earned All-American honors by placing second on the one-meter and fourth on the three-meter board at the NCAA Division II championships held in Buffalo, N.Y. SCSU women’s diving team member Kendra Willis, Neenah, Wis., a junior, also earned All-American honors with a fifth-place finish on the one-meter board and seventh place on the three-meter board.
- Senior Wojciech Batorski, of Poland, who took two first-place titles at the NCC championships, on the SCSU practice court.
Another year, another title: SCSU won its sixth consecutive NCC tennis championship in 2007 and the Huskies qualified for the NCAA tournament for the seventh consecutive season – all under the leadership of Coach Jerry Anderson ’84, Big Lake.
- Gladys Ziemer received the 2007 Breaking Barriers Award at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. A pioneer in women’s athletics, Ziemer was head women’s basketball coach at SCSU from 1973-93 and director of women’s athletics from 1969-95.
The 2006-07 men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II North Central Regional for the second straight year. SCSU finished the season 19-11 overall and placed third in the NCC at 7-5.
SCSU will gain a new conference home beginning with the 2008-09 athletic season as a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
The university’s association with the North Central Conference (NCC) will end in 2007-08, when the conference closes due to four teams opting to go to NCAA Division I. SCSU has been a member of the NCC in men’s athletics since 1981 and women’s athletics since 1984. The SCSU men’s athletics department was a charter member of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference in 1932 and the women’s department became a charter member of the Northern Sun Conference in 1979-80. Later the two combined to become the NSIC.
Junior Amanda Kunkel, Eden Prairie, earned All-American honors with a fifth-place finish in the shot put in Boston in March. Kunkel set an SCSU school record of 46’ 9 1/2" in the event. Senior Lindsey Krueger, Rochester, won the NCC Indoor Pentathlon with a school record of 3,321 points. Senior Kayla Todnem, St. James, won the NCC outdoor heptathlon with 4,593 points. First-year track athlete R.J. McGinnis, Burnsville, won the NCC men’s decathlon with 6,741 points.
For the fourth straight year, the SCSU men’s golf team advanced to the NCAA Division II Super Regional in Lakewood, Colo.
The men’s hockey team earned trips to the Division I tournament and West Central Hockey Association (WCHA) Final Five and a second-place finish in the WCHA (22-11-7 overall, 14-7-7 WCHA). Coach Bob Motzko ’87, St. Cloud, was named WCHA Coach of the Year while SCSU freshman forward Andreas Nodl, Vienna, Austria, was named the Division I and WCHA Rookie of the Year. Senior goaltender Bobby Goepfert, Kings Park, N.Y., finished his career at SCSU as a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 finalist and All-American. To cap SCSU’s 2006-07 run, the Huskies claimed the coveted DQ Cup.