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Winter/Spring 2012-13 sports update

June  26, 2013

Winter 2012-13

Men's indoor track & field

Led by six All-America performances by four Vikings, Coach Paul Olsen’s squad finished the indoor season with a 14th-place tie at the NCAA Championships. Alex Rindone ’13 came within one one-hundredth of a second of a national championship in the 400 meters. His school-record :48.21 earned him second place and All-America honors. Greg Patton ’13 joined him as a 400-meter All-American, finishing eighth. The senior duo teamed with Keith Cline ’15 and David Voland ’15 to finish eighth in the 4x400, earning All-America status. As a team, the Vikings placed second at the CCIW meet and were ranked ninth in the nation in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) dual meet power rankings.

Women's indoor track & field

Sarahbeth Jones ’13 won her second straight CCIW 3000-meter championship and set a school record of 10:14.66 in the same event at Olivet Nazarene. Jones’ school-record performance was one of three during the indoor season for Coach Fred Whiteside’s Vikings. In addition, Taelar Hillyer ’14 qualified for nationals in the pole vault. Jones teamed with Jessica Bacon ’15, Kate Benge ’14 and Jennifer Prazak ’13 to break Augustana’s 4x800 relay record, running a 9:31.21, also at Olivet Nazarene. Liana Beauchamp ’14 recorded the other new school standard with a 53' 11 3/4" mark in the weight throw. Augustana finished the year ranked 19th in the nation by the USTFCCCA.

Men's basketball

In what looked like a rebuilding year for Coach Grey Giovanine’s program, the Vikings put together a 19-8 season, finishing fourth in the CCIW and qualifying for the conference tournament for the eighth consecutive season. Augustana knocked off then third-ranked Illinois Wesleyan in the CCIW semifinals before falling to then fifth-rated North Central in the final. It was the fourth time in eight years that the Vikings reached the championship game, and the first time the team didn't prevail. Ben Ryan ’16, who became just the third first-year player ever to lead the Vikings in scoring, was honored with the conference’s first-ever Freshman of the Year award as well as D3hoops.com Midwest Region Rookie of the Year.

Women's basketball

This season marked the beginning of the Mark Beinborn era in women’s basketball. After four years as an assistant on the Vikings bench, Beinborn took over the head coaching reins this season. With just two seniors on the roster and five first-year players who saw considerable playing time, hopes are high for the future despite a 7-18 record. Guard Gianna Pecora ’13 was named the Vikings’ MVP. She averaged 8.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while starting all 25 games. She shot .346 from the field and .640 from the free throw line and added team highs in assists and steals.

Wrestling

A seventh-place finish for 174-pound Matt Burns ’13 at the NCAA Division III Championships capped off another successful season for Coach Eric Juergens’ wrestling program. The Vikings went 14-5 in dual meets, finished seventh at the NCAA Central Regional and tied for 40th at nationals. Burns’ performance marked the 50th time an Augustana grappler has earned All-America status. He finished the season with a 38-11 record. John Schraidt ’15, at 285 pounds, and Jacob Scholten ’14, at 125 pounds, joined Burns with 30 or more wins this season. The Vikings finished third as a team in the CCIW meet.

Women's swimming & diving

For the third straight season, Helen Myers ’14 won both the one- and three-meter diving titles at this year’s CCIW Championships. Myers’ performance helped Coach Scott Johannsen’s Vikings take fourth place in the team standings. The team went 3-3 in dual meets and broke seven school records, five of which involved Hillary Ferguson ’14. Ferguson broke individual school records in the 50 (:24.02) and 100 (:52.82) freestyles and swam on three record-setting relays. She teamed with Molly Clennon ’13, Alexandra Piper ’13 and Emma Novak ’16 to take down Augustana records in the 400 (3:37.18) and 800 (8:02.21) freestyle relays.

Men's swimming & diving

After three straight fifth-place finishes at the CCIW Championships, Coach Scott Johannsen’s team jumped a spot to fourth in the league this year. Justin Reppy ’14 led the way, winning both the 200 (1:42.75) and 500 (4:35.27) freestyles in school-record times. He joined Aaron Holt ’15, Josh Wielenga ’15 and David Sommers ’16 in earning all-conference honors. Reppy’s times were just two of five individual Augustana standards that were surpassed this season. This year’s Vikings also took down three relay records on their way to a 5-1 dual-meet mark, losing only to Division I Western Illinois University.

Spring 2013

Men's outdoor track & field

A second-place finish by the 4x400 relay team at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships capped off the outdoor season for Coach Paul Olsen’s team. The 4x100 relay also earned All-America status, as did Alex Rindone ’13 in the 400 and David Voland ’15 in the 400 hurdles. The Vikings finished in 18th place as a team. Rindone also won two individual events and anchored a pair of winning relays at the CCIW Championships, earning Track Athlete of the Meet honors. The 1600 relay of Greg Patton ’13, Antonio Owens ’15, Voland and Rindone finished in 3:10.06 at the national meet, beaten only by the first-place team’s 3:09.20. Rindone and Voland each finished seventh in the nation in the 400 and 400 hurdles, respectively, and the 4x100 relay of David Devore ’15, Patton, Keith Cline ’15 and Rindone took eighth in the nation. Behind five individual and two relay wins, the Vikings finished second at this year’s CCIW Championships. Rindone was named CCIW Track Athlete of the Meet after wins in four events.

Women's outdoor track & field

The season was highlighted by a CCIW Track Athlete of the Meet performance by Sarahbeth Jones ’13 and an All-America effort from Kierra Smith ’14 at the NCAA Division III Championships. Both were double champions at the CCIW meet and joined Jessica Bacon ’15 and Taelar Hillyer ’14 in qualifying for nationals. Smith placed seventh in the 400 hurdles to earn All-America status. Jones wrapped up a tremendous career with a school-record 4:29.29 in the 1500 at the national meet, finishing ninth and missing All-America status by just one place for the second year in a row. Bacon also narrowly missed All-America honors in the 1500, finishing one spot behind Jones. As a team, Coach Fred Whiteside’s Vikings took fourth at the CCIW Championships.

Baseball

Augustana compiled a 34-11 record, won the CCIW tournament championship and earned an NCAA tournament berth this season. The Vikings, under Coach Greg Wallace ’88, were ranked 20th in the final D3baseball.com regular season poll. Kurt Schmidt ’13, Grant Stewart ’13 and Seth Davis ’15 garnered Outstanding Offensive Player, Outstanding Defensive Player and Outstanding Pitcher honors, respectively. Schmidt hit .366 and led the team in doubles, home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, hit-by-pitch and stolen bases. Senior right-hander Ben Heaton ’13, a first-team Capital One Academic All-American this year, won the Vikings’ Leadership Award. He went 5-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 13 appearances, which included 11 starts.

Women's lacrosse

After going 15-3 as an independent in its first season of competition, Coach Sara Tisdale’s program joined the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference (MWLC) this year. The Vikings won the league title with a perfect 8-0 record and then claimed the MWLC’s automatic NCAA Division III playoff berth by wining the conference tournament. Tisdale’s squad went on to become the first MWLC team to win an NCAA tournament game. The team’s 17-4 season ended with a Sweet 16 loss to top-ranked Trinity College. Three players were named Great Lakes All-Region by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Attacker Christina Letmanski ’15, who led the Vikings with 52 goals and 33 assists, was a first-team selection, and midfielders Kendall Maduro ’16 and Kaylee Nolan ’16 were second-team picks. Maduro was the MWLC’s Rookie of the Year and Tisdale was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Men's lacrosse

Coach Kyle Hart’s Vikings followed up a successful first season by going 11-6 this year, including an 8-2 mark, a third-place finish and a conference tournament berth in its first season of Midwest Lacrosse Competition. The Vikings ranked 10th in the nation in scoring defense with an average of 6.29 goals per game and were 16th in scoring margin at plus-5.94 goals per contest. Four Augustana players were named to the MLC all-conference team—midfielder Jesse Nagelberg ’15 was the lone Viking named to the first team. Picking up second-team honors were goalie Cody Burgdorff ’15, defenseman Zack McGinnis ’14 and short stick defender Evan Chikeles ’15. First-year players Kevin Gleason and Scott Davis were the leading scorers with 65 points and 48 points, respectively.

Softball

Leftfielder Laura Behnke ’15 was rewarded for an outstanding season by being named first team all-Great Lakes Region. The Vikings’ MVP was the unquestioned offensive leader for a team that went 32-14, won the CCIW Tournament and placed third in the NCAA Division III Pella, Iowa Regional. In eight post-season games, Behnke had 15 hits in 27 at-bats (.556) with five doubles, a triple, a home run, eight runs scored, five driven in and slugging and on-base percentages of .925 and .625, respectively. Shortstop Krista Watson ’14 and outfielder Chelsea Lavin ’15 shared Best Defensive Player honors for the season. Catcher Christina Pagan ’15 was selected as Most Improved Player.

Men's tennis

For the first time since 1999, the Vikings defeated Carthage, snapping an 18-match losing streak. The team also defeated Luther, ranked 12th in the NCAA Division III Central Region at the time. Overall Coach Jon Miedema’s Vikings compiled a 19-11 record and a 3-2 mark in the CCIW this year. Lawrence Palmer ’15, who played No. 1 singles, was named to the CCIW all-conference first team. He finished with a record of 16-11. Palmer also played No. 1 doubles and was 18-14 with the majority of the matches played with Andy Wall ’14. Jack Cullen ’13 finished his career fourth in Augustana history with 59 singles wins and tied for third with 67 doubles victories.

Women's tennis

Augustana came from behind to defeat Carthage 6-3 in the semi-final round of the CCIW’s NCAA-qualifying tournament, but later fell to Wheaton. The Vikings’ overall record was 16-9, including 5-1 in CCIW play. Kim Sawyer ’14, who is in the process of re-writing the women’s tennis record book, was named MVP for Coach Jon Miedema’s Vikings. In singles play, Sawyer went 26-4 this year at No. 1 and became the first Viking in 15 years to win a CCIW championship at first singles. With a full season yet to play, Sawyer already is the school’s career record-holder with 82 wins. The three-time first-team All-CCIW performer’s .820 career winning percentage is best in school history.

Men's golf

For the second consecutive season, Jake Groselak ’15 was named MVP for Coach Paul Del Vecchio’s young golf program. Joining Groselak as award-winners were David Ferlmann ’16, Newcomer of the Year, and Josh Kukla ’15, Most Improved. Groselak, who led letter-winners with an average round of 80.4 strokes, had his best round at the Elmhurst Invitational. He shot a one-over par 73, finishing in a tie for fifth among 82 competitors. Ferlmann’s 83.0 per-round average was second among Viking letter-winners. The Vikings shot a collective 1320 to finish seventh in the team standings at the CCIW championship.

Women's golf

Megan Vandersee ’13, selected as MVP for the team, recorded eight Top 10 finishes, five Top 5 performances, and two individual tournament victories during the season. Jamie Lawrence ’14 was chosen as the team’s Most Inspirational Player for the second consecutive year. She also earned the Sportswoman Award. Tom Lawrence, a 1984 Augustana graduate who was the captain of the Vikings’ 1983 cross country squad, was named the head coach this past May. Lawrence replaces interim coach Pam Tyska, who took over for Ron Standley, head coach for 13 years, last February.