2012-13 sports wrap-up

UWEC men's outdoor track and field teamIn the classroom, in the community and on the playing field, UW-Eau Claire’s athletics program had an exceptional 2012-13 season. Athletically, the Blugolds finished 14th out of more than 430 NCAA Division III schools in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, which measures success based on NCAA finishes. The men’s hockey team highlighted the year with a national title, while men’s outdoor track & field took second and men’s indoor track & field took third. In the classroom, 516 Blugold student-athletes combined to achieve a 3.124 grade-point average and 321 were named to the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. The department also was presented with two national community service awards by Jostens at the NCAA convention in January.

Erin Schoenfelder

Erin Schoenfelder

Blugold student-athletes achieve greatness

  • Six student-athletes named Capital One Academic All-Americans, most in one season in school history: Sarah Bingea (women’s basketball), Jordan Singer (men’s hockey), Gina Williams (soccer), Jeremy Kieser (men’s track & field/cross country), Ashlyn Mauer (women’s track & field/cross country), Erin Schoenfelder (women’s track & field/cross country)
  • 33 Blugolds earned a total of 40 All-American honors
  • WIAC Players of the Year: Amanda Fischer (softball), Anne Satterlee (volleyball)
  • NCHA Player of the Year: Brandon Stephenson (men’s hockey)
  • Alex Card (men’s swimming) named WIAC Swimmer of the Meet
  • Thurgood Dennis (track & field) named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Track Athlete of the Year in the Midwest region, selected WIAC Indoor & Outdoor Track Performer of the Meet, also won indoor 60-meter dash and outdoor 100-meter dash national titles
  • WIAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year: Sarah Bingea (women’s basketball), Erin Schoenfelder (women’s outdoor track & field), Taylor Heltne (women’s tennis), Ashlyn Mauer (women’s cross country), Grace Fair (women’s swimming & diving), Jeremy Kieser (men’s outdoor track & field), Jordan Singer (men’s hockey); Singer also NCHA Scholar-Athlete
  • Aaron Easker

    Aaron Easker

    Aaron Easker won outdoor 10,000-meter run national title
  • Men’s indoor and outdoor 4-x-400-meter relay teams won national titles
  • Erin Schoenfelder won NCAA Elite 89 Award for indoor track & field, first Elite 89 winner in school history; also was UW-Eau Claire’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year
  • Former volleyball and track & field member Liz Amici earned NCAA postgraduate scholarship
  • Sarah Bingea was finalist for Jostens Trophy, awarded to top women’s basketball player in Division III

UWEC hockey coach recieving a coach of the year awardBlugold coaches honored

  • Matt Loen (men’s hockey) named WIAC and NCHA Coach of the Year, along with AHCA, D3hockey.com and USCHO.com National Coach of the Year
  • Jean DeLisle (gymnastics) named WIAC Coach of the Year and NCGA Regional Coach of the Year

Blugold team highlights

  • Men’s hockey won first NCHA, WIAC and NCAA Division III championships in school history
  • Men’s outdoor track & field took second at NCAA championship, indoor track & field team finished third
  • Women’s cross country won sixth consecutive WIAC title and took fifth at nationals
  • Women’s gymnastics finished in fifth place at nationals for second year in a row
  • Men’s cross country finished 10th at nationals, its highest NCAA finish ever
  • Women’s outdoor track & field team took 24th at NCAA championship, indoor team finished 43rd
  • Men’s swimming & diving was 35th at nationals
  • Two wrestlers combined to give the Blugolds a 37th-place finish at NCAA championship
  • Softball hosted the WIAC championship and won its second straight WIAC title, competed in the NCAA regional for the seventh time in the last eight seasons, hosted the 2013 NCAA Division III softball championship for the sixth time in history
  • Volleyball competed in the NCAA regional for the eighth straight year after winning WIAC tournament championship for first time in school history