Athletic notes

Monday, May 9, 2011

  • St. Cloud State University rookie swimmer Napoleon Howell, Trinidad, established two national records at the Short Course End-of-Year Trials of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago over winter break. Howell tabbed a new 18+ Trinidad national record in the 50-meter breaststroke in :29.34. A 2010 CISC gold medal winner in both the 50-meter and 100-meter breast, Howell surpassed his own record of :29.55, set this past July. He also broke a new Long Course Open 50-meter breast record. He erased a five-year-old mark to complete the race with a :29.82 record time. (Picture A)
  • St. Cloud State's assistant women's hockey coach Jennifer Kranz, along with future Husky Abby Ness, Roseau, were members of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team which captured the gold medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship. Ness scored five points (3g, 2a) for Team USA, which finished the tournament undefeated to claim its third world title in four years. (B)
  • Senior men's basketball captain Taylor Witt, Morris, participated in the 2011 Reese's Division II College All-Star Game in Springfield, Mass. Witt is a three-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) First Team player and threetime NSIC/Sanford Health All-Tournament team member, including tournament MVP in 2009. Witt played in more games than any player in school history, a total of 123 and made 95 straight starts. He leaves the Huskies fourth on the all-time scoring chart with 1,770 points and fourth on the all-time assist chart with 484. He set the school record for free throws in a career with 465. The Huskies played in back to back NCAA Division II Central Region tournaments, winning the 2010 title and advancing to the NCAA Division II Final Four. In the Elite Eight quarterfinal, Witt lit up the court with a 43-point performance that included a school and tournament record 22 made free throws. (C)
  • St. Cloud State senior women's basketball guard and team captain Talisha Barlow, Little Canada, was named to the All- NSIC Second Team for the third straight year. A four-year starter, Barlow led the Huskies in scoring this season. She played in every game of her collegiate career, a total of 112 and leaves St. Cloud State ranked 10th on the all-time scoring list with 1,520 points. She is the 16th player in school history to score more than 1,000 points and collect more than 500 rebounds. (D)
  • The men's hockey team won the 2010 Florida College Hockey Tournament in Estero, Fla., in December. The Huskies defeated No. 6 ranked Miami of Ohio to win the title. Rookie forward Nic Dowd was named the tournament MVP and was selected the WCHA Rookie of the Week Jan. 4-11.
  • The Husky wrestling team capped an historic season with a runner-up finish at the 2011 NCAA Division II Championships in March. The Huskies were led at the NCAA tournament by senior John Sundgren, Blaine, who won the school's first individual championship since 1995 with a title at 157 pounds. The Huskies also completed the tournament with six wrestlers earning All- America status. For his efforts at the NCAA Championships and the historic season, head coach Steve Costanzo was named the 2011 NCAA Division II wrestling coach of the year. The Huskies finished the season with a school record 19 dual match victories (19-2 overall) and claimed first place honors at the 2011 NCAA Division II Super Region #3 Tournament. St. Cloud State's second place finish at the NCAA championships equals the best finish for a Husky team sport in national competition since the Huskies' men's cross country team placed second in 1983. (E)

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