Sports highlights for Fall 2010
March 15, 2010
Congratulations to head coach Adam Strand for being named “Coach of the Year” in the league. Earning its best finish since 1997, the Vikings completed the fall season by tying for second place with Carthage at the CCIW tournament. Augustana was 9-3 overall and 4-2 in the CCIW. Shannen McNamara and Kim Sawyer, a pair of first-year players, were named to the first team of the CCIW all-conference team. Sawyer and Tricia Sapio ’11 each scored 15 singles victories.
Men’s cross country
By finishing 32nd in the NCAA Division III championship meet, Matt Bowman ’11 became the first Augustana cross-country athlete to earn All-American honors since David Nellis ’97 in 1996. Bowman covered the 8,000-meter course in 24:52.6, just 30 seconds behind the winning time. Augustana’s lone representative at the national meet, Bowman showed his mettle throughout the race, shaving a minute and a half off the time he ran on the same course in early October. This was the 45th season for head coach Paul Olsen, and once again, the Vikings were among the best in NCAA Division III, placing second in the CCIW meet.
Women’s cross country
Hannah Hottle ’11 took 17th place and Augustana, as a team, took fifth place at the CCIW meet. Hottle finished three spots ahead of teammate Theresa Coverick ’13. Two weeks later, Coverick was Augustana’s top finisher at the NCAA Midwest Regional. She completed the 5-kilometer course in 23:10.0 to finish 63rd. The Vikings finished 17th in the 38-team field. Teammates selected Hottle and Coverick as co-MVPs for the season. Hottle was the top finisher for Augustana in four meets this year, and Coverick was the first Augustana runner to cross the line in three races.
Augustana put together an impressive run in the CCIW, notching a 4-3-0 mark and earning the No. 4 seed in the CCIW tournament after being picked to tie for sixth in the pre-season coaches’ poll. The Vikings recorded an overall 8-11-1 record for the season. Sean Fidlow ’12 led the team with 14 points, while John McSpadden ’14 and Fidlow tied for the team lead with five goals. Fidlow was named to the CCIW all-conference squad as a second-team selection.
Head coach Scott Mejia’s team advanced to the NCAA Division III national tournament for the second straight year, compiling an overall record of 13-2-5 with a 4-1-2 CCIW mark. Goalkeeper Kayla Radloff ’12 was a first team CCIW all-conference selection and was named to the all-region team as a second team honoree. Radloff spent close to 1,775 minutes in goal and allowed only 11 shots to hit the back of the net while making 60 saves. Midfielder Taylor Moesle ’13 led the team with 12 goals and was named to the NCAA Division III All-American first team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Despite playing a schedule that was judged the toughest in NCAA Division III, Augustana finished with a 6-4 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the CCIW. Coming into the season, big things were expected of quarterback David Lee ’12, who broke three of Ken Anderson’s records as a sophomore. Lee didn’t disappoint, surpassing three more of Anderson’s marks as well as breaking two and tying one of his own. Middle linebacker Johnny Mago ’11, a first team All-CCIW and second team all-region performer and first team ESPN Academic All-American, was the Vikings’ leading tackler this year. Mago also was selected, along with teammates Curt Perschnick ’11 and Drew Hansen ’11, to play in the Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) in Monterrey,Mexico. The Division III All-Stars beat Team Mexico, 48-7.
Picked to finish seventh in the CCIW, the Vikings confounded the experts during Jamie Walters’ first season as head coach. The Vikings fought off a 1-8 start to finish 12-20 overall and 4-3 in the CCIW, good enough for fourth place in the CCIW. Fielding a team with just two seniors and one junior, Augustana faced six teams ranked in the top 35 of NCAA Division III by mid-September. Courtney Jungnickel ’11 hangs up her uniform as the school record-holder in service aces with 215 and finishes second for kills (1,442) and digs (1,597).
Head coach Ron Standley’s Vikings competed in nine events in the fall and recorded five top-three team finishes. Megan Vandersee ’13 led the Vikings with an 87.6 scoring average. Brittany Carr ’12 was second on the team for the second straight fall with a scoring average of 90.1. Augustana placed seventh at the CCIW championships.
Team highlights by Dave Wrath ’80, associate director of athletics/media and alumni relations and his staff. Photos by Steve Woltmann and Brandon Gittelman '12. For complete stats and schedules, visit www.augustana.edu/athletics.