Pointer Athletics - Fall 2011
Spring sports recap
By Travis VanderLoop, ’12, sports information student assistant
The UWSP athletic program continued to improve on their recent success as the swimming and diving, baseball, softball and track and field teams all preformed to expectations in the second half of the academic year.
Swimming and Diving
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving team concluded another successful season, each bringing home Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championships. This was the men’s 12th consecutive year and the second straight for the women.
The teams also were honored with numerous All-American selections. Joey Clap, Sam Davy and Ryan Farmer each received individual honors while the relay team of Clapp, Farmer, Davy and Matthew Olp brought home four. Lisa Clemens, Jessica Nordstrom, Kelly Kading, Andrea Wagner and Ashley Majewski brought home three All-American selections as members of relay teams and Kading was an individual women’s All-American selection.
Other major award winners at the WIAC Championships were Davy, named Swimmer of the Meet, and Olp, named the Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete along with a spot on the All-Sportsmanship Team. For the women, Beth Ann Abraham received the Judy Kruckman Co-Scholar-Athlete and was also selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
The Pointer baseball team captured its first outright conference title since 2002, compiling a 20-4 WIAC record and 34-10 overall. They also won the WIAC tournament for the sixth time in seven years and ninth time overall and were awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 13th time. They had 20 wins in conference play for the second time in school history. Watch video of their WIAC tournament win at http://youtu.be/2Z2XBQJR6HY.
UWSP collected multiple All-WIAC awards, led by Pat Bloom who received Coach of the Year and Cody Koback who was named Position Player of the Year and received first team honors as an outfielder and pitcher.
Other All-Conference selections on the first team were Joel Delorit, Dan Douglas, Sean Gerber, Ryan Iverson, Justin Jirschele and Scott Williams. Casey Barnes and Eric Fritz received honorable mention while Kevin Thomas was named to the all-sportsmanship team.
The Pointers also re-wrote the record book setting seven individual records and two team records.
Despite its young members, the Pointer softball team put together a successful season, finishing with a 23-15 record while going 6-10 in the WIAC. Their 23 wins marked the 18th consecutive season they finished with 20-plus wins and they closed out the season with a four game win streak.
Five Pointers were honored with All-WIAC postseason awards. Elyse Nelson was the lone Pointer on the first team while Katie Krueger, Kim Liegel and Katie Shulfer received honorable mention. Jena Ansorge was named to the all-sportsmanship team.
Track and Field
The men’s and women’s outdoor track season was recognized in four events at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. The relay team of Tom Wenzler, Babatunde Awosika, David Litsheim and Joshua Schwinn placed fifth at the championships, earning them All-American status. Also earning All-American status was Litsheim, fifth in the 800 meter run; Dan Sullivan, second in the 1500 meter run; and Claire Roberts, fourth in the 1500 meter run.
Eight members of the UWSP track and field teams were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as members of the 2011 Division III All-Academic team, including Litsheim,Wenzler, Joel Heroux, Jesse Klotz and Zach Scott-Keyser on the men’s side while Roberts and Erin Kline were honored on the women's team.
The men and women finished fourth and fifth respectively at the WIAC championships, winning two events apiece. Jamie Clarkson and Schwinn also were nominated for the Larry Zirgibel All-Sportsmanship team.