It was a season that will be remembered for years. The Vikings won their first 20 games, breaking the school record for the longest winning streak. The squad finished with a 27-4 overall record--the second highest win total in school history--and won a share of its fifth CCIW title in the last nine seasons before capturing a third CCIW tournament championship in the six-year history of the event. The Vikings reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament before falling to eventual national champion St. Thomas and was ranked seventh in the nation in the final D3Hoops.com poll. Bryant Voiles '12 was voted the Vikings' Most Outstanding Player, while Kyle Nelson '11 won the Leading Rebounder Award and Troy Rorer '12 was named Best Defensive Player. For the fifth time in the last nine years, head coach Grey Giovanine won the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's NCAA Division III Coach of the Year award.
Kristen Fox '11, selected as the team's MVP, was the Vikings' leading scorer at 14.0 points per game. Named to the CCIW all-conference squad as a second-team selection, Fox poured in a career-high 34 points to help lead Augustana to a 77-65 CCIW victory over North Central College. Elizabeth Phillips '12 won the team's Most Improved Award and the Viking Award. She started 21 games and was a 44.9 percent (53-118) shooter from the floor. The Vikings finished the season with seven wins, matching the team's victory total from the 2009-10 season.
First-year wrestlers made their mark this season as head coach Eric Juergens' team earned a 9-6 dual meet record and a third-place finish in the CCIW. It was the first winning dual-meet record for the Vikings since 2003-04. Jacob Scholten '14 and Jordan Graham '14 won individual CCIW titles and qualified for the NCAA national tournament. In all, eight wrestlers posted winning records during the 2010-11 season, and during the course of the year, Scholten, Alberto Quiros '12 and Greg Gogonas '13 were nationally ranked. The NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association named Tim Day '11 and Hunter Feraco '13 to the Scholar All-American team.
Justin Reppy '14 was honored as the CCIW's Co-Male Swimmer of the Meet after winning a pair of individual events at the conference competition. He swam past the field in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:40.40 and earned top honors in the 1650 freestyle with a clocking of 16:15.63. Reppy, Daniel Hinck '14 and Chris Greaves '13 also played an integral role in a trio of relays that brought home top-five finishes. As a team, the Vikings finished fifth at the CCIW meet. Head coach Scott Johannsen was named CCIW Coach of the Year for men's swimming.
Women’s swimming & diving
Augustana wrapped up its season with a fourth-place finish at the CCIW championship meet. Helen Myers '14 led the Vikings with a pair of diving titles. She won the one-meter diving event and also took home top honors in the three-meter event. Teammate Tanya Walter '11 placed second in the three-meter dive and fourth in the one-meter dive. The Vikings earned quality finishes in the relay events, led by a fourth-place performance in the 800 freestyle relay with Molly Clennon '13, Hillary Ferguson '14, Mary Naughton '13 and Emma Regnier '13.
Men’s indoor track & field
All-American Patrick Zeunik '11 broke his own school record in the triple jump when he finished second in the NCAA Division III national meet. He went 49' 5", just 3½" shy of the winning leap. Alex Stake '11 was named Field Athlete of the Meet in the CCIW championship meet after winning the pentathlon, and placing fourth in the long jump and the high jump. Besides Stake, Augustana grabbed additional top finishes: Alex Rindone '13 in the 55, Greg Davis '12 in the 55 high hurdles, Zeunik in the triple jump, and Rindone, James Wood '11, Davis and Greg Patton '13 in the 1600 relay. As a team, Augustana was second in the CCIW championship meet. At the end of the season, the Vikings ranked fifth in the final NCAA Division III Indoor Dual Meet Power Rankings.
Women’s indoor track & field
Hannah Hottle '11 (middle distance) and Ella Mathieson '11 (long jump and triple jump) spearheaded the effort for the 2011 indoor season. Hottle and Mathieson were selected by their teammates as the team's co-MVPs. In addition, Johanna Schnitzler '14 set a school record in the pentathlon; she scored 2,695 points at the CCIW meet to break Juli Weber's 1991 record of 2,362 points. The Vikings finished the year ranked 25th in the final NCAA Division III Indoor Dual Meet Power Rankings and placed fourth in the CCIW championship meet.
Note: Head coach Fred Whiteside announced that the award for Most Improved Athlete has been renamed the Susan Wall Most Improved Award. Wall was a 1991 graduate who ran 23:45 for 5,000 meters in her first year at Augustana. Eventually she recorded a career best of 18:25 and was an Illinois Small College state champion in cross country and the winner of the 3000 at the 1990 CCIW conference outdoor meet. Wall passed away suddenly this past February. Brittany Prazak '11 and Kirstillyn Pohlman '13 won the first Susan Wall Most Improved Award.
Led by Jared McIntosh '13, who was a first-team selection as a pitcher, three Vikings received all-conference recognition-infielder Jeremy Juhl '13 and first baseman Pat Wilson '14 were named to the second team. Wilson was named Outstanding Offensive Player as well as Newcomer of the Year by his teammates. He started all 40 games and led the team in hitting at .386. Mike Trotta '12 and McIntosh shared Outstanding Pitcher honors. Head coach Greg Wallace's team closed the season by winning eight of its last nine contests to finish the year 28-12-the 12th time in the last 13 seasons the Vikings have achieved at least 25 wins. The team finished 12-9 in CCIW play.
With a lineup that most often included five first-year athletes and an additional two players in their first year in the Augustana program, head coach Kris Kistler's softball team finished the season with an overall record of 19-19 and a CCIW mark of 5-9. While this was the first of Kistler's 12 Viking teams not to achieve a winning record, the abilities of this year's young players point to a bright future. Outfielder Melissa Nelson '11 and shortstop Krista Watson '14 earned first team all-CCIW honors, while designated player Jenna Nelson '13 was an NFCA first team All-Region selection.
The runner-up finish at the CCIW tournament is the highest for Augustana since the team placed second in 1992. Kyle Doyle '11 wrapped up his career with more wins than any player in Augustana men's tennis history. He totaled 139 wins, including 66 in singles and 73 in doubles. Adam DeSimone '12 held down the No. 1 singles position for the second straight season. He was honored as a CCIW All-Conference selection for the third straight season. and also joined the 100 Win Club, as did Nik Lehnert '12. The Vikings finished the year ranked 20th in the NCAA Division III Central Region ranking with an overall record of 19-10.
The Vikings finished second at the CCIW Automatic Qualifier Tournament after falling to nationally ranked Wheaton. It was the first time the Blue & Gold had advanced to the finals in the five-year history of the event. The Vikings overall record of 20-9 broke the old mark of 19 wins set in 1993-94. The team finished the season ranked 14th in the NCAA Division III Central Region. Shannen McNamara '14 and Kim Sawyer '14 were named to the CCIW all-conference first team. Sawyer established a new single-season school record with 29 singles victories, and McNamara earned 25 wins in singles. 100 Win Club: Tricia Sapio '11 wrapped up her career with 101 wins.
Men’s track & field
Phil Christensen '12 earned the third All-American certificate of his career at the NCAA Division III national track & field championships. He placed sixth in the discus throw with a toss of 162' 11". Alex Rindone '13 and Pat Zeunik '11, each of whom set school records and won multiple CCIW titles this spring, were named the team's MVPs. At the CCIW championship meet, Augustana placed second behind North Central College. Throughout the season, the Vikings held the top spot in the NCAA Division III Track & Field Team Dual Meet Rankings. At the end of the season, distance runner Mike Tisza '12 was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team.
Women’s track & field
The Vikings finished the year ranked 19th in the NCAA Division III dual meet power rankings as compiled by the U.S. Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association. The 1600-meter relay team placed 10th at the NCAA Division III national track & field championships with Brittney Bennett '11, Amy Walsh '11, Kierra Smith '14 and Hannah Hottle '11 running 3:52.67 in the preliminary heats. The 1600 quartet had shattered the existing school record with a time of 3:51.04 before the national championships. At the CCIW championships, Hottle set meet records in the 800 and 1500 and ran a leg on the second-place 4x400 relay, earning Track Athlete of the Meet. Her performance helped the Vikings take fifth place as a team. Ella Mathieson '11 claimed a triple jump championship as well as a long jump title at the CCIW meet. Hottle, Mathieson and Bennett shared the team's MVP honors. Walsh was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team.
Jordan Henry '12 was named the Most Outstanding Player after leading the team with a 79.9 scoring average. He was the top scorer in four of the five events in which he competed. Jeff Paustian '13 finished second on the squad with an 80.9 scoring average. He received Most Improved Player honors. Kyle Weigand '11 was third on the team with an 81.6 scoring average. The top finish of the year for the Blue & Gold was a fifth-place showing out of 19 squads at the Duane Chaney Invitational in Port Byron, Ill.
In the four-round CCIW championship this spring, the Vikings placed eighth.
The Vikings returned to action this spring to compete in four events. The squad won the Augie Quad to open the season and earned a team title at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational. Megan Vandersee '13, selected as the team's MVP, led with a scoring average of 89.4 and produced four top-three finishes. Brittany Carr '12 was second on the team with a scoring average of 91.7. She tied Vandersee with a three-day score of 267 at the CCIW championship meet, finishing in a tie for 22nd place. Head coach Ron Standley's Vikings placed seventh at the CCIW championship meet.
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.