Spring 2009: Sportsview

Hoops and nets

Dan Beyer

The women’s basketball team competed in the Division III tournament for the second year in a row after finishing third in the conference. The team advanced to the second round of the championship before falling. Heidi Arciszewski and Heather Witt both earned first-team All-Conference honors, while Arciszewski also was honored on the D3hoops.com All-Central Region  > Full story.

Tournaments and titles

Liz Kooistra

Last fall the Blugolds had yet another impressive showing, not only at the conference level but also at the national level. Of the seven conference championship fall sports the UW-Eau Claire athletics program supports, none finished lower than fourth place. The women’s cross country team won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the second  > Full story.

Community service recognition

The View Online Magazine

Blugold student-athletes’ work in the community also was recognized with a national award in December. The Blugolds received an award of merit for this year’s Jostens/National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators Community Service Awards in the category of an array of projects/activities for projects occurring during the 2007-08 school year. UW-Eau Claire was one  > Full story.

Winter sports update

Josh Holforty

During the winter season, the Blugolds saw a number of student-athletes competing on the national level. Wrestler Josh Holforty recorded an impressive finish at the NCAA Division III Championships as he took third at 197 pounds. He was one of only eight representatives from the WIAC to earn All-American honors. The swimmers and divers also  > Full story.

Individual honors

Abby Freiborg

A number of Blugolds achieved great success as individual athletes last fall. Freshman Katie Maurer won WIAC women’s golf medalist honors, leading a field of 48 golfers. A total of 34 student athletes received All-Conference recognition for their outstanding performances. Volleyball players Abby Freiborg and Emily Haese earned American Volleyball Coaches Association honors, with Freiborg  > Full story.

Scholar athletes

Paul Bielmeier

The Blugolds also excelled in the classroom. For the 2007-08 academic year, the Blugolds posted a 3.04 grade-point average, the seventh year in a row the student-athletes finished above a 3.0. A total of 315 Blugolds were named to the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. On the national stage, football player Paul Bielmeier led the Blugolds  > Full story.