2011-2012 Winter/Spring Sports
The Vikings spent one week atop the national poll and finished the season 19-7. With a 9-5 record in the CCIW, Augustana qualified for the conference tournament for the seventh consecutive year. Captains Troy Rorer '12 and Bryant Voiles '12 were named to the All-CCIW second team and chosen as Augustana's co-MVPs. The Vikings outrebounded the opposition by an average of 11.2 per game. Not since the 1964-65 season, when Bob Karlblom '65 and George Strombom '65 led Augustana to a 13.7 per-game edge on the glass, has a Viking team been as dominant on the boards.
Men's Indoor Track & Field
Alex Rindone '13 set three school records and was one of four individual CCIW champions as Augustana took second place at the conference indoor meet. In addition to Rindone's records, the Vikings set four other school records and ended up fifth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association dual meet rankings. Besides Rindone in the 200, individual CCIW champions were Justin Smith '13 (mile), Greg Davis '12 (60 hurdles) and Phil Christensen '12 (shot put). Coach Paul Olsen's team won three meets during the indoor season.
With his men's team breaking six school records and bringing home its third straight fifth-place CCIW finish, Coach Scott Johannsen was named the CCIW's Co-Coach of the Year. Aaron Holt '15 was involved in all six school records, setting four individually and swimming on a pair of relays. Holt set school standards in both the 100 (:52.50) and 200 (1:56.00) backstrokes as well as the 100 butterfly (:50.87) and 200 individual medley (1:55.62). The quartet of Holt, Ryan Chaney '14, Chris Greaves '14 and Daniel Hinck '14 broke the school mark in the 200 medley relay, with a time of 1:38.21. Holt, Michael Duy '15, Charles Vogt '12 and Hinck set a new 400 freestyle relay record of 3:11.61.
For the fifth consecutive season under Coach Eric Juergens, the Vikings improved its dual meet record and regional finish. Behind All-American Jordan Richardson '14 and fellow CCIW champions Alberto Quiros '12 and Matt Burns '13, Augustana went 11-4 in dual meet competition for its best record since the 2003-04 team went 15-5. (Richardson finished eighth in the 174-pound weight class at the NCAA Division III meet to become the first Augustana wrestler to earn All-America status since Matt Kapraun '05 in 2003.) Finishing second in the CCIW was the program's best since the Vikings won the title in 2004. Juergens' squad was sixth at the Great Lakes Regional and 36th at the national meet.
Women's Indoor Track & Field
Sarahbeth Jones '13 ran a 10:21.38 to win the 3,000 meters, highlighting Augustana's sixth-place finish at the CCIW meet. Jones also anchored the winning distance medley relay team, which finished in a school-record 12:13.73. Kate Benge '14, Kierra Smith '14 and Jessica Bacon '15 ran the first three legs. Jones in the mile, Taelar Hillyer '14 in the pole vault, and the distance medley relay team were entered in the NCAA Division III national meet, but were not chosen for competition. Another season highlight was pentathlete Johanna Schnitzler '14, who twice broke the school record she set in her first year. Her sixth-place total of 2,855 points at the CCIW meet stands as the new Viking standard.
Sophomore Helen Myer's repeat championships in both the one- and three-meter diving events, along with a pair of individual school records by Emma Regnier '13 highlighted Augustana's performance at this year's CCIW meet. One of Regnier's records came in the 100 butterfly, as she became the first woman in school history to break the one-minute barrier, swimming a :59.67. In medley competition, she swam a 50-yard butterfly leg of :27.02, also a new school standard. Regnier also was a member of two record-setting relay teams as Coach Scott Johannsen's squad finished fifth in the team standings.
Led by seven seniors, Coach Bobbi Endress' team compiled a 11-14 record, winning the most games since the 2003-04 squad finished 15-9. Augustana went 3-11 in CCIW play, finishing seventh. Forward Natalie Runge '12, the Vikings leading scorer and rebounder, was a second team selection to the all-conference team. With four starters at 80 percent or better from the free throw line, Augustana led the CCIW in that category with a .741 mark. The Vikings also were the league's top offensive rebounding team, grabbing an average of 12.5 per game. After six years on the sidelines for Augustana, Endress stepped down at the end of the season. Mark Beinborn, an assistant coach for the Vikings since 2008, replaced Endress.
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Seven All-America athletes in five events helped lead Coach Paul Olsen's team to a seventh place at the NCAA Division III Championships. It was the Vikings' 13th Top 10 national finish under Olsen and the highest since a fourth-place performance in 1996. Greg Patton '13, Daniel Doubet '13 and Alex Rindone '13, along with David Voland '15 ran a second-place 3:10.70 in the 4x400 finals, breaking the school record of 3:11.64 they had set earlier. The 4x100 unit featuring Rindone, Voland, David Devore '15 and Keith Cline '15 set a school record of :40.88 in the prelims and ran a fourth-place :41.06 in the finals. Voland, with a third-place :51.60 in the 400 hurdles, had Augustana's top individual finish at the national meet. Rindone took fifth in the 200 finals with a :21.31. Adam Myers '12 broke his own school record by one inch with an eighth-place heave of 194' 1" in the hammer. The Vikings placed second at the conference championships, winning eight events.
For the 13th time in the last 14 seasons, the Vikings reached the 25-win plateau. Augustana finished with an overall record of 25-17 and tied for third in the CCIW at 11-10. The team also qualified for the CCIW tournament for the first time since 2009. Along the way, Coach Greg Wallace won his 500th collegiate game and right-hander Mike Trotta '12 earned CCIW Co-Pitcher of the Year honors. Trotta finished the season with a 7-2 record and a 2.05 ERA, leading the team in wins, starts (10), complete games (five), shutouts (two) and innings pitched (74 2/3).
Coach Kyle Hart, fielding a roster of 26 first-year players, four sophomores and just one junior and one senior, guided the Vikings to an 8-6 record in Augustana's first year of intercollegiate lacrosse competition. Marcus Maier '12 and Jesse Nagelberg '15 were named defensive and offensive MVPs. Maier, the team's lone senior, led a Viking defense that finished third in the nation at the Division III level, allowing an average of only 5.14 goals per game. Nagelberg led the Vikings with 39 goals and tied for the team lead with five assists. His average of 2.79 goals per game ranked 23rd in NCAA Division III.
Adam DeSimone '12 and Kevin Bayles '14 shared the John R. Olson MVP Award. Both players were major factors as Jon Miedema completed his first year as head coach with a 16-11 overall record and fourth-place CCIW finish. DeSimone ended the year with a 15-16 record at No. 1 singles and 16-13 at No. 1 doubles with his partner, Andy Wall '14. He finished his career with 136 combined (singles and doubles) victories, the second highest number in Augustana history. He won 73 doubles matches, tying Kyle Doyle's mark set from 2007-11. Bayles split his time between No. 5 and No. 6 singles and finished the season with a 21-7 record.
Jake Groselak '15 was named MVP for Coach Paul Del Vecchio's program. Groselak led the Vikings with an 18-hole average of 81.5 strokes this season. In addition, Augustana honored Grant Murphy '15 as Newcomer of the Year. Murphy, like Groselak, played in all 23 rounds this season and was right behind him with an average round of 82.2 strokes. Jeff Paustian '13 turned in Augustana's top performance at the 2012 CCIW championship. He had a four-round total of 321 and finished in a tie for 25th place in the individual standings.
Augustana wrapped up its first season of varsity competition, and it would be difficult to imagine a more impressive debut for Coach Sara Tisdale's Vikings. Playing in a new facility, Thorson-Lucken Field, the team went a perfect 7-0 at home on its way to a 15-3 season. In addition, Augustana led the nation in scoring offense (19.22 goals per game), scoring margin (+11.17) and caused turnovers per game (13.61). Hilary Kargl '15, a second team All-West Region selection by the IWLCA, was second in the nation with 97 goals. She was second on the team with 23 assists, giving her 120 points (seventh in the nation) and an average of 6.67 points per game (fourth in the nation).
Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Sarahbeth Jones '13 capped an outstanding junior season with a ninth-place finish in the 5000 at the NCAA Division III championships. Jones, who shared MVP honors with hurdler Kierra Smith '14, finished in 17:18.50, missing All-America status by less than two seconds. As a team, the Vikings finished the season sixth in the USTFCCCA Midwest Region rankings. Jones also set a new school standard at 3000 meters with a 9:58 and ran on a pair of record-setting relay teams. Hurdler Kierra Smith '14 and thrower Liana Beauchamp '14 also set school marks this year. Smith's 1:02.69 in the 400 hurdles at the CCIW meet is a new Augustana best. Beauchamp actually broke the previous school record in the hammer throw three times, with her 156' 11" heave as the current standard.
Augustana finished 6-8 for fifth place in CCIW play, compiling a 25-13 overall record. The Vikings have reached the 25-win mark in 11 of the last 13 seasons. Right-hander Sarah Hintz '14 was selected as the team's MVP and classmates Krista Watson and Courtney Ledezma were picked as Best Offensive Players. Centerfielder Jillian Gibbs '12 was voted Best Defensive Player. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named Watson to the NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region team. Kistler, the winningest coach in Augustana softball history, has a record of 367-188-2 (.661) in 13 seasons with the Vikings.
Earning MVP honors, Kim Sawyer '14 put together a tremendous season, compiling a 27-7 record while competing at the No. 1 singles position. Sawyer helped lead the Vikings to a 15-11 overall record and fourth place in the CCIW tournament held last fall. In the spring, the Vikings put together an 8-5 record. Sawyer finished the season with the second highest single-season victory total in school history, trailing only her own school record of 29-7 set during her first season. In just two seasons, she has compiled a 56-14 mark in singles. She is just 20 wins shy of the career record for singles victories set by Kristen Pence '05 from 2001-04. Captain Brittany Reece '12 and Sawyer were All-CCIW selections.
Competing in 13 events this season, Coach Ron Standley's Vikings compiled a head-to-head record of 45-25 and won the Benedictine Invitational, Loras Spring Invite, Augie Invite and Fighting Scots Spring Invitational. Captain Brittany Carr '12, who shared team MVP honors with Morgan Wilkinson '13, led Augustana with a scoring average of 88.7, which came in 17 rounds of play. She won individual medalist honors with a round of 86 at the Loras Spring Invite. Wilkinson had the second best average for the Vikings with an 88.8 on the year.