This Week in the MIAC - Feb. 15, 2017

This Week in the MIAC - Feb. 15, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- "This Week in the MIAC" takes a look at the top stories and news items from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and its 13 member institutions each week. Every Wednesday, MIAC staff select the top news item of the week from each institution, and highlight the top five stories from around the league. The weekly feature also includes other top stories from the conference, a look at the Athletes-of-the-Week, the latest installments of the MIAC Weekly podcast and Friday Feature series, as well as a look ahead to the upcoming weekend schedule.

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THE TOP THREE

MIAC Swimming & Diving Championships start Thursday
All eyes across the MIAC will gaze toward Minneapolis Thursday, Friday and Saturday as the conference will hold its 2017 Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. St. Thomas returns as the defending champion in both the men's and women's competitions, and there are countless talented individuals back seeking more MIAC glory. There will be two sessions all three days, with prelims in the morning and championship heats in the evening. The MIAC will offer a live video webcast and live results online. The event home page includes complete details including location, schedule, tickets, psych sheet and more.

| Home Page | Men's Preview | Women's Preview |

VOLLEYBALL: Jacobs departs Augsburg, Graves returns to Macalester
Jennifer Jacobs, who served Augsburg College as an assistant athletic director and volleyball assistant coach for the past five seasons, is leaving the college to become the new volleyball head coach at Augustana University (S.D.), it was announced on Monday. As a part of head coach Jane Becker's staff, Augsburg went 105-42 (.714 winning percentage), including a 40-15 (.727) record in MIAC play. Augsburg won MIAC regular-season titles three times (2013, 2014, 2016) during Jacobs' tenure, qualifying for the NCAA Division III national playoffs in both 2013 and 2014. In addition to her coaching, Jacobs also served several roles in the Augsburg athletic administration. From 2012 to 2014, she served as an assistant director of compliance under the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority/Women's Internship Grant program. In 2014, she was named as an assistant athletic director for external relations, inclusion and diversity under the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant program. | Full Story |

Former Macalester College volleyball standout and assistant coach Sarah Graves has been hired as the Scots' head volleyball coach, Director of Athletics Kim Chandler announced Tuesday. Graves has spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Prior to coaching at Denison, Graves was an assistant coach at Macalester for six seasons and she spent four years as the Assistant Athletic Director for Recruiting, collaborating with the athletics department and admissions to refine the recruiting process. A 2004 graduate of Macalester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Studies, Graves was a four-year starter and All-MIAC performer for the Scots' volleyball team. | Full Story |

Carleton men's basketball wins 11th-straight, clinches Playoff bid
Make it 11 wins in a row for the Carleton College men's basketball team. Six players finished in double figures, led by 17 points apiece for Beau Smit (Sr./White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake) and Kent Hanson (Fy./Saint Paul, Minn./Saint Paul Academy), as the Knights rolled to an 84-58 victory over Concordia College and clinched a home game in the MIAC Playoffs later this month. Carleton (15-8, 12-8 MIAC) never trailed in tonight's contest and is guaranteed a MIAC Playoff berth for the first time since the 2012-13 season and the 21st time overall. After starting the conference schedule just 1-6, the Knights' recent run has them sitting alone in third place in the standings. | Full Story |


IN THE POLLS

MEN'S BASKETBALL

D3hoops.com Top 25
RV. St. Thomas 
RV. Carleton 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL   

WBCA Coaches' Poll
4. St. Thomas
20. Gustavus

D3hoops.com Top 25
2. St. Thomas
13. Gustavus 
RV. Bethel 


 

WOMEN'S SWIMMING
AND DIVING

CSCAA Top 25
13. St. Thomas

CollegeSwimming.com
25. St. Thomas 

MEN'S TENNIS

Oracle/ITA National Rankings
20. Gustavus
37. St. Thomas
38. Carleton 

Central Region Rankings
6. Gustavus
13. Carleton
WOMEN'S TENNIS

Oracle/ITA National Rankings  
36. Gustavus
37. St. Thomas
38. Carleton 

Central Region Rankings
9. Gustavus
10. St. Thomas
11. Carleton
T20. St. Olaf 
MEN'S HOCKEY

USCHO.com Poll
11. Augsburg
RV. St. Thomas

D3hockey.com Top 15   
11. Augsburg
RV. St. Thomas
WOMEN'S HOCKEY

USCHO.com Poll
9. Gustavus
T10. Augsburg
RV. Concordia

D3hockey.com Top 10
RV. Gustavus
MEN'S INDOOR
TRACK AND FIELD


USTFCCCA Central Region
Rankings

1. St. Thomas
7. St. Olaf
8. Bethel
10. Concordia 
WOMEN'S INDOOR
TRACK AND FIELD


USTFCCCA Central Region Rankings   
3. St. Thomas
7. Saint Benedict
8. Carleton
10. Concordia 


ATHLETES-OF-THE-WEEK

The MIAC Basketball Athletes-of-the-Week each put up impressive numbers while helping their teams go 2-0. Carleton's Freddie Gillespie averaged 15 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game in impressive wins over Macalester and MIAC-leading St. Thomas to push the Knights' winning streak to 10 in a row. Bethel's Hannah Johnson averaged a double-double in the Royals' two wins to lock up a MIAC Playoff spot. She averaged 17.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocked shots per game while shooting 64 percent from the floor in wins over Saint Mary's and Augsburg.

The MIAC Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week helped their teams lock up spots in the MIAC Playoffs and move into first place. Augsburg's Eric Brenk had a four-point weekend (three goals, one assist) as he helped the Auggies take four of six points from St. Thomas to move into a first-place tie with the Tommies. Gustavus' Kaitlyn Klein had two assists and a goal in a sweep of Bethel to move into sole possession of first place. Klein was clutch in the sweep – she assisted on the game-winner Friday and scored the game-winner Saturday. 

The Indoor Track and Field Athletes-of-the-Week all had performances that ranked high on the MIAC and national leader boards. St. Olaf's Joe Coffey won the 1,000-meter run in 2:28.02, which ranks No. 1 in the MIAC and No. 2 in Ole history to win men's track honors. Hamline's Eric Dols claimed men's field honors, as his weight throw distance of 56-1 ranks third in the MIAC and No. 23 in Division III. Saint Benedict's Allison Kosobud claimed women's track honors by winning the 800-meter run in 2:15.56, which leads the MIAC and ranks No. 10 nationally. Saint Mary's Becca Dup took home women's field honors for her school-record long jump distance of 18-1.75, which leads the MIAC and is the 19th-best mark recorded nationally this season.

Both MIAC Tennis Athletes-of-the-Week had outstanding performances on the court last week. Hamline's Cody Jahrig won the men's honor after going 2-0 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles play against Gustavus and Northwestern, including the Pipers' first singles or doubles win against the Gusties in five years. Carleton's Danielle Vasiliev was a perfect 4-0 (2-0 singles, 2-0 doubles) while leading her team to a win over Hamline and a near-upset (5-4) of Augustana (S.D.), the 32nd-ranked team in Division II.

| Basketball/Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week | Indoor Track and Field/Tennis Athletes-of-the-Week |


MIAC WEEKLY

MIAC Weekly - Episode 168 - 2.13.17

The 2017 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships are just a few days away, and MIAC Weekly Host Mike Gallagher has a full preview of the conference meet. Defending NCAA Division III Outstanding Swimmer Emma Paulson of St. Thomas joins to preview the women's meet, and Saint John's senior Kenny Bergman also joins the show to preview the men's championships. Gallagher also surveys the basketball and hockey championship and Playoff pictures in the MIAC.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!


'FEATURE PRESENTATION'

The MIAC and its 13 schools have really embraced the NCAA Division III partnership with Special Olympics. In addition to hosting events, raising funds and participating in Unified sports, MIAC student-athletes have gotten extremely creative in ways to connect and interact with their friends at Special Olympics Minnesota. The latest MIAC Friday Feature takes a look at all the great work MIAC student-athletes are doing with Special Olympics.

2.10.17 - MIAC partnership with Special Olympics continues to grow 


COMING UP

Here's a look at another big weekend ahead in the MIAC. Use the links below to see the schedules and follow the games live via the MIAC Scoreboard.

| Friday | Saturday | 


AROUND THE LEAGUE

Take a look at this week's top news item from each of the MIAC's 13 institutions, selected by MIAC staff from each institutions's athletic web site.

Jump to: | AUG | BU | CAR | CON | GAC | HU | MAC | CSB | SCU | SJU | SMU | STO | UST | 


AUGSBURG | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Jennifer Jacobs departs Augsburg for Augustana
Jennifer Jacobs, who served Augsburg College as an assistant athletic director and volleyball assistant coach for the past five seasons, is leaving the college to become the new volleyball head coach at Augustana University (S.D.), it was announced on Monday. As a part of head coach Jane Becker's staff, Augsburg went 105-42 (.714 winning percentage), including a 40-15 (.727) record in MIAC play. Augsburg won MIAC regular-season titles three times (2013, 2014, 2016) during Jacobs' tenure, qualifying for the NCAA Division III national playoffs in both 2013 and 2014. In addition to her coaching, Jacobs also served several roles in the Augsburg athletic administration. From 2012 to 2014, she served as an assistant director of compliance under the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority/Women's Internship Grant program. In 2014, she was named as an assistant athletic director for external relations, inclusion and diversity under the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant program.

| Full Story |

BETHEL | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Klamm, Olsen break school records in Iowa
Carl Klamm became the first athlete in Bethel history to break the 49-second barrier in the indoor 400-meter dash Saturday, running 48.98 to finish second at Grinnell College's Darren Young Classic. Klamm's time ranks him 8th nationally and is the best time in the MIAC this season. His run took .13 off the old 400m record of 49.11, held jointly by Jason Boatman (1996) and Josh Otto (2007). Klamm wasn't the only Royal to break a school record Saturday. Karl Olsen slashed .35 seconds off his own record in the 200-meter dash, running 22.10, good for second place overall. That time ties him for seventh on the national performance list and he continues to lead the MIAC.

| Full Story |

CARLETON MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Knights win 11th-straight to clinch Playoff berth
Make it 11 wins in a row for the Carleton College men's basketball team. Six players finished in double figures, led by 17 points apiece for Beau Smit (Sr./White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake) and Kent Hanson (Fy./Saint Paul, Minn./Saint Paul Academy), as the Knights rolled to an 84-58 victory over Concordia College and clinched a home game in the MIAC Playoffs later this month. Carleton (15-8, 12-8 MIAC) never trailed in tonight's contest and is guaranteed a MIAC Playoff berth for the first time since the 2012-13 season and the 21st time overall. After starting the conference schedule just 1-6, the Knights' recent run has them sitting alone in third place in the standings.

| Full Story |

CONCORDIA | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Three-goal third clinches Playoff spot
A three-goal third period helped Concordia cruise past St. Olaf and earn its seventh straight MIAC playoff berth. The Cobbers busted open a 2-2 tie after two periods by scoring three unanswered goals to beat the Oles 5-2. The win pushes Concordia's conference record to 10-4-1 which is good for 21 points and the clinch of a postseason berth. CC is now 13-7-2 in all games. The game-winning goal would come at 12:13 when Rethwisch would finish off a pass from Jessica Kongelf to record her career-high 11th tally of the season. The Cobber defense then put the clamps on the Oles as they limited St. Olaf to a single shot on goal in the final eight minutes of play.

| Full Story |

GUSTAVUS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |


Gusties complete sweep, unbeaten in last 10
The Gustavus women's hockey team claimed its second-straight weekend series sweep with a 3-0 shutout victory at Bethel University Saturday afternoon, improving its overall record to 15-5-3 and its MIAC record to 11-2-3. With the seventh shutout win of the year, the Gusties are now unbeaten in their last 11 games, going 9-0-2 since the last loss against UW-River Falls Dec. 10. Netminder Amanda DiNella (So., Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) turned away 20 Bethel shots to pick up her league-leading seventh shutout of the season and improve her record to 10-2-2.

| Full Story |

HAMLINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Bartenstein goals help women's hockey clinch Playoff berth
In 68 previous games as a women's college hockey player, HU junior forward Melanie Bartenstein had scored three goals. She picked a fine time to dramatically improve that total. The Anchorage, Alaska native scored twice Friday -- including the game winner in the third period -- to lift the Pipers past St. Catherine, 3-2, at Drake Arena. The win Friday upped the Pipers' MIAC record to 10-5-0 and sent them to their first playoff appearance in nearly a decade.  Hamline, which currently holds down fourth place in the conference, will play for the first time in the league's postseason since the 2007-08 season. The Pipers' (now 12-10-1, 10-6 MIAC) total of 20 points is just two behind third place Concordia.

| Full Story |

MACALESTER | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Sarah Graves returns to Macalester as head volleyball coach
Former Macalester College volleyball standout and assistant coach Sarah Graves has been hired as the Scots' head volleyball coach, Director of Athletics Kim Chandler announced Tuesday. Graves has spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Prior to coaching at Denison, Graves was an assistant coach at Macalester for six seasons and she spent four years as the Assistant Athletic Director for Recruiting, collaborating with the athletics department and admissions to refine the recruiting process. A 2004 graduate of Macalester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Studies, Graves was a four-year starter and All-MIAC performer for the Scots' volleyball team.

| Full Story |

SAINT BENEDICT | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

CSB wins nine events at home invite
The College of Saint Benedict track and field team won nine events, recorded three times or marks in the top 10 in school history and one time in the top 10 in Division III Saturday afternoon when it hosted the CSB|SJU Invite. Saint Benedict also picked up a team win as it scored 136 points to beat Concordia, Minnesota-Morris and Augsburg at the McNeely Spectrum in Collegeville. Senior Allison Kosobud recorded the 10th-best time in Division III when she won the 800 in 2:15.56. That time is just over two seconds off the school record, which she set as a first year in 2014.

| Full Story |

ST. CATHERINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Basketball clinches Playoff bid with comeback win
The St. Catherine University basketball team could be nick named the "comeback kids" if it wasn't already trademarked. The Wildcats have come back and won several close games this season, but none may have been sweeter than the team's 55-52 comeback victory over the Saint Mary's University Cardinals Saturday afternoon. St. Kate's clinched its first berth to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) playoffs since the 2009-10 season with one of the best come backs in program history. The Wildcats trailed by 14 in the first quarter and by 12 with six minutes remaining, but made clutch plays down the stretch to pull out the remarkable, Playoff-clinching win.

| Full Story |

SAINT JOHN'S | MIAC Member Page | Athletics home page |

Three-goal third period keeps Playoff hopes alive
Saint John's hockey snapped a three-game losing streak and kept its postseason hopes alive with a thrilling 5-4 win over Saint Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud. Junior co-captain Huba Sekesi's (Germering, Germany) power-play goal, with 2:27 remaining, capped a three-goal third period for SJU (11-9-3, 6-6-2 MIAC) and proved to be the game-winner. He now has 10 points (5g/5a) in six career games against SMU.

| Full Story |

SAINT MARY'S | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Walz's OT goal sends Cardinals into Playoffs
It took a little longer than he had hoped—1:54 longer, to be exact—but the end result certainly suited Saint Mary's University of Minnesota men's hockey coach Bill Moore just fine. The Cardinals' Kelvin Walz (Woodbury, Minn.) scored 1:54 into overtime, lifting Saint Mary's to a 3-2 win over Saint John's—and into the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoffs. It appeared like the Cardinals were on their way to a 2-1 win in regulation when SJU's Huba Sekesi scored with just 2:02 remaining to send the game into overtime—and set up Walz's game-winning, and playoff clinching goal. Jay Heinle was busy between the pipes for the Cardinals, finishing with a season-high 44 saves, while Lindgren stopped 29 of the 32 Saint Mary's shots he faced.

| Full Story |

ST. OLAF | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Majeskie leads Oles past UST for series sweep
Austin Majeskie had a career-high 29 points as St. Olaf defeated St. Thomas 74-65 in an MIAC men's basketball game at Skoglund Center on Monday night.  Majeskie was 13-for-16 from the field and had five rebounds and three assists. Robert Tobroxen and Nate Albers added 12 points apiece for St. Olaf, which was 13-for-16 from the free throw line in the win. With the win, the Oles (11-12, 9-9 MIAC) swept the season series with UST for the first time since 1996-97, head coach Dan Kosmoski's third season at St. Olaf. It was the third win in the last four outings for the Oles, who moved into a tie for the sixth and final spot in the MIAC Playoffs with two games to play.

| Full Story |

ST. THOMAS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Swimming & diving chases three-peat, repeat
You need to go all the way back to 1951 to find the last one. The last time, that is, that a St. Thomas Men's Swim-Dive team put together a streak of three or more consecutive MIAC team titles. The opportunity is there this week for the 2016-17 Tommie men to post a three-peat when the conference championships are conducted Thursday through Saturday at the University of Minnesota. St. Thomas broke a 54-year dry spell when it won the 2010 team crown. The Tommies won again in 2012 and again in both 2015 and 2016. Coach Scott Blanchard's gang appears to have enough D and D -- difference makers and depth -- to add to their collection of MIAC gold. On the women's side, St. Thomas placed first last winter, the program's first team swim-dive championship in the 34-year history of the event. The Tommies appear to be the team to beat again in 2017.

| Full Story |