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Joan Bailey Award to Honor Women's Athletics

The Nebraska-Kearney Athletic Department announced today the creation of the Joan Bailey Award.

The award, which will be given out annually, is for the advancement of women's intercollegiate athletics at UNK.

In between the second and third sets of this Saturday's volleyball match against 21st-ranked Central Missouri, Joan's sisters – Theresa and Marilyn – will be on hand to celebrate the creation of the award.

"During my first year on campus, it was very apparent that we had a strong tradition of athletic success through the efforts of numerous administrators and coaches," said UNK Athletics Director Dr. Paul Plinske. "I kept asking myself; however, where is the presence of advocates for women's athletics? Where are our leaders of women's sports?'

"I realized that we have had some outstanding coaches of female sports over the years, but they just didn't get the recognition they deserve. The name 'Joan Bailey' continued to resonate as a pioneer of women's athletics, so it's fitting that we honor her for all she did for Loper female student-athletes."

Martha "Joan" Bailey (1928-2010) is considered one of the pioneers of women's athletics at Kearney State College/UNK.

The Emporia State and New York University graduate came to Kearney in 1963 to serve as an assistant swimming coach for the Loper men's and women's teams. At that time, swimming was the only intercollegiate sport offered to KSC women.

In 1964, she became head coach of the women's squad, a position she held for 34 years. During her time, the Aqualopers became a national power, helping her be named the 1989 NAIA Coach of the Year.

Inducted into the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, Bailey also served as head softball coach and worked with several other women's teams as these programs began competing in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

"This past spring, in consultation with our Faculty Athletic Committee, we developed the Joan Bailey Award for the Advancement of Women's Athletics. We will initially recognize Joan's family, but will honor other distinguished leaders of women's athletics at future dates," said Plinske.

A permanent plaque listing all of the winners will be displayed in the Health & Sports Center.

"I'm excited to have the Bailey family in town this weekend. Joan left her mark. I also look forward to continuing on her legacy by recognizing the contributions of many other great leaders who have helped advanced women's athletics at UNK."

Class D State Playoff Results

Class D-1
First Round
Amherst 50, Ansley-Litchfield 22
Bloomfield 66, Scribner-Snyder 56
Blue Hill 55, North Central 29
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 50, Omaha Christian Academy 0
Burwell 52, Perkins County 20
Clarkson/Leigh 34, Hartington-Newcastle 26
Creighton 56, Twin Loup 7
Diller-Odell 67, High Plains Community 30
Elm Creek 67, Arapahoe 22
Friend 62, Cross County 8
Fullerton 72, Sutherland 30
Guardian Angels 64, Pawnee City 2
Heartland 74, Nebraska City Lourdes 6
Hemingford 71, Shelton 14
Howells/Dodge 60, Cedar Bluffs 14
Neligh-Oakdale 46, Elgin Public/Pope John 22
Class D-2
First Round
Anselmo-Merna 76, Southwest 20
Bertrand 48, Hay Springs 20
Brady 48, Overton 36
CWC 49, Wynot 26
Elwood 56, Loomis 0
Exeter/Milligan 56, Red Cloud 6
Falls City Sacred Heart 52, Emerson-Hubbard 13
Garden County 28, Mullen 20
Giltner 74, Lawrence-Nelson 36
Humphrey St. Francis 70, St. Mary's 14
Kenesaw 54, Meridian 26
Maxwell 62, Medicine Valley 42
Paxton 52, Potter-Dix 40
Randolph 54, Bancroft-Rosalie 14
Sandhills/Thedford 49, Hitchcock County 0
Stuart 48, Osceola 0

Pelini Praises D-Line Heading into Purdue Game

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini said the Huskers "had a good week of practice" after Thursday's 45-minute walkthrough at the Hawks Championship Center.
"We got a lot done here today," Pelini said. "We cleaned up some of the things we went through earlier in the week. We knew that (Purdue) had two weeks to prepare. We threw a lot at our guys and our challenge is to make sure across the board we understand our game plan and we execute."
Pelini also praised his interior defensive linemen, especially sophomore Maliek Collins, whom Pelini compared to two-time All-American Glenn Dorsey (LSU, 2006-07).
"Maliek Collins reminds me of a player I coached at LSU big time," Pelini said. "And that's high praise, because Glenn Dorsey was a heckuva player. Maliek reminds me a lot of Dorsey, except he's bigger."
Pelini added that he expects Purdue's defense to throw a lot at Nebraska's offense.
"It's been interesting to watch their evolution," Pelini said. "They gave us a lot of really unusual looks. This year, they've had a number of different looks, a little bit like a flavor of the week type of defense as far as what we've seen from these guys. How they decide to come out and play us – your guess is as good as mine to a certain extent. We have to be ready to adjust to what they do. I think our guys understand the plan and what we are doing, and we've given them a lot of different looks throughout the week to prepare them."
On the injury front, Pelini said that he anticipates tight end Cethan Carter to be back after the bye week, which begins following Saturday's matchup against Purdue. Pelini added that linebacker Marcus Newby and place kicker Mauro Bondi will not be available for Saturday.
The Huskers host Purdue on Saturday at Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised to a regional audience on ABC, and will be available to others on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

Loper Soccer Falls To Fort Hays

Junior Mallory Diederich scored two unassisted goals to help Fort Hays State beat Nebraska-Kearney, 4-1, Thursday night at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.

Scoring three second half goals, the Tigers are have now won five in a row to be 11-4-2 (9-4-2). Despite the loss, UNK (4-11-2, 4-8-1) still has a good chance at making the MIAA Tournament.

Playing well in the first half, the Lopers got on the board thanks to the strong leg of Papillion junior Montanna Hosterman.

At the 7:51 mark, she lined up for an indirect kick and ripped it 40 yards down the center of the field. The ball landed in a group of Lopers and Tigers with junior Meaghan Pasbrig (Chandler, Ariz.) breaking free.

She got control of the ball and popped it into the back of the net for her second goal of 2014.

UNK was seemingly headed into the locker room with a 1-0 lead but Diederich had other ideas. Lining up for a corner kick in the 42nd minute, her low shot managed to trickle into the Kearney goal.

About 20 minutes later, Diederich was at again as she lined up on the right wing after the Lopers committed a foul. Her direct kick was perfectly placed, finding the upper 90 of the UNK goal.

Later, the Tigers recorded goals in the 81st and 88th minutes.

Hays out shot UNK by seven, 14-7, with eight of those coming after the intermission. The Lopers got two shots from Hosterman and Omaha freshman Carly Brown with Davey taking a team-high four for the Tigers.

UNK hosts Emporia State Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to finish the regular season

Huskers Open Season at No. 16 in AP Poll

The Nebraska women's basketball team opens the 2014-15 campaign with a No. 16 ranking in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 released on Thursday, Oct. 30.
The Huskers, who return four starters from a 2013-14 squad that finished 26-7 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten, are one of five Big Ten Conference teams in the AP Preseason Poll, joining No. 10 Maryland, No. 14 Michigan State, No. 19 Iowa and No. 24 Rutgers.
Nebraska finished the 2013-14 season at No. 13 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25. The coaches preseason poll will be released at a later date.
Defending national champion UConn was a unanimous No. 1, while South Carolina opens the year at No. 2 ahead of No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Tennessee. Texas A&M rounds out the top five, while Stanford sits at No. 6.
Duke, which will come to Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Wednesday, Dec. 3, to face Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is ranked No. 7 in the AP Preseason Top 25. Tip-off for the battle between the Big Red and the Blue Devils is set for 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Baylor and No. 9 Texas join Maryland in completing the preseason top 10. The Terrapins, who enter their first season in the Big Ten Conference, advanced to the NCAA Women's Final Four last year. They will make their first trip to Lincoln as a Big Ten foe when the Huskers take on the Terps on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m. That game will be televised nationally by CBS. Nebraska and Maryland will meet again in College Park, Md., on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m., in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN2.
Overall, Nebraska is scheduled to play eight games against teams ranked in the AP Preseason Poll, including a game at No. 14 Michigan State on Jan. 8, two games against No. 19 Iowa (Jan. 26, Iowa City; Feb. 12, Pinnacle Bank Arena), a road game at No. 23 UCLA on Nov. 28, and a road battle at No. 24 Rutgers onFeb. 5.
In addition to the five Big Ten teams in the top 25, Purdue (27th), Penn State (28th), Minnesota (38th) and Northwestern (tied for 45th) were all among the team receiving votes.
The Huskers will face Penn State (Jan. 15) and Purdue (Jan. 19) in back-to-back home games at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska opens Big Ten play at Minnesota on Monday, Dec. 29, before playing its second-to-last home game against the Gophers in Lincoln on Tuesday, Feb. 24. All four of those games will be televised nationally by the Big Ten Network. The Big Red will battle Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Feb. 18.
Coach Connie Yori, who has earned back-to-back Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year honors, enters her 13th season leading the Huskers as they take aim at their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament trip in 2015.
Nebraska opens that journey with a home exhibition game against Wayne State College on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. The Wildcats went 28-5 last season and enter the 2014-15 campaign ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II. Season and single-game tickets are available now at

AP Top 25
1 Connecticut (35) 40-0 875
2 South Carolina 29-5 824
3 Notre Dame 37-1 798
4 Tennessee 29-6 749
5 Texas A&M 27-9 702
6 Stanford 33-4 645
7 Duke 28-7 577
8 Baylor 32-5 573
9 Texas 22-12 532
10 Maryland 28-7 531
11 Kentucky 26-9 522
12 Louisville 33-5 505
13 North Carolina 27-10 504
14 Murray St 23-10 433
15 California 22-10 423
16 Nebraska 26-7 314
17 West Virginia 30-5 306
18 Depaul 29-7 301
19 Iowa 27-9 236
20 Oregon St 24-11 183
21 Oklahoma St 25-9 158
22 Daemen 23-8 95
23 UCLA 13-18 86
24 Rutgers 28-9 65
24 Syracuse 23-10 65
· Others receiving votes: LSU 58, Purdue Calumet 45, Penn State 43, Georgia 37, Gonzaga 28, NC State 24, Vanderbilt 23, Oklahoma 17, BYU 14, Arkansas 14, Mississippi St 13, Florida St 10, South Florida 8, Minnesota 8, St. John's 7, Oregon 5, Green Bay 4, Western Kentucky 4, Mount Union 3, Iowa State 2, Northwestern 2, Arizona St 1, Chico State 1, James Madison 1, Albany 1

Swimming Team Becomes Associate Member of the RMAC

The Nebraska-Kearney Athletic Department announced today that the Loper women's swimming team is returning to the RMAC (Rock y Mountain Athletic Conference) as an associate member.

For the past two seasons, the Aqualopers were an associate member of the NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference). With several swimming teams leaving the NSIC in the past year, that conference didn't have enough teams (six) to meet the NCAA minimum to hold a championship.

UNK will now take part in the RMAC Championships, set for February 11-14 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

"The RMAC is pleased to welcome Nebraska-Kearney back to our women's swimming championship. As we continue to expand participation in both women's and men's swimming, the Lopers play an important role in enhancing the championship experience for all RMAC swimming student-athletes," said RMAC Commissioner Chris Graham.

After a 25-year break, the RMAC sponsored swimming & diving as a league sport with the start of the 2008-09 academic year. The Aqualopers were thus a part of the league for four seasons.

Currently, full-time RMAC members that sponsor women's swimming and diving are Adams State, Colorado Mesa, Colorado State-Pueblo, Colorado School of Mines and Western State.

Joining UNK as associate members in women's swimming and diving are Lindenwood and Division II newcomer California Baptist. The Lopers and Lindenwood are the only MIAA schools that sponsor women's swimming & diving.

"This is a good move for UNK," said Dr. Paul Plinske, Director of Athletics. "When the NSIC informed me they would no longer be able to host a conference championship, I began making calls to find a culminating experience for our student-athletes. The RMAC graciously invited us to return and we are thrilled with the opportunity it provides our swimming program."

At the 2014 NCAA Division II Championships, Cal Baptist placed ninth, LWU was 18th and CMU came in 24th. CBU also won the RMAC title with CMU second.

"Having a conference championship will enable our student-athletes to compete and be recognized for their accomplishments. We are excited to make the move 'back to our roots' and look forward to a great experience for our swimming program," said Plinske.

UNK started the 2014-15 dual season last weekend at home against Division I Nebraska-Omaha and the College of St. Mary. The team returns to the pool on November 8th against CSM in Omaha.

Loper Wrestling Picked to Win MIAA

Nebraska-Kearney has been picked a top the MIAA Wrestling preseason poll for the third straight year after going 6-0 and winning the league title and league tournament in 2013-14. Picked second is Lindenwood who went 4-2 in league duels last season and came in second overall at the league tournament.

There is a tie for the third place spot between Central Oklahoma and Fort Hays State. Central Oklahoma was 5-1 in duals last season and finished third in the league tournament. Fort Hays State was an even 3-3 last season in duals going 9-5-1 overall.

Central Missouri is picked fifth in the poll after going 2-4 in league duals with Newman picked to finish sixth after going 0-6 in league duals.

A couple teams will take to the mat Nov. 2 to open the season with most other teams starting their season the weekend after that.

2014-15 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Nebraska-Kearney (5) 25
2. Lindenwood 20
T3. Fort hays State (1) 15
T3. Central Oklahoma 15
5. Central Missouri 10
6. Newman 5

Abdullah Named Maxwell Player of the Week

MFC Collegiate Players of the Week Awards

Maxwell Award Player of the Week

Ameer Abdullah - Nebraska

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah has been named the Maxwell Award Player of the Week following his outstanding performance in the Husker's 42-24 victory over Rutgers.
Abdullah totaled 341 all-purpose yards, which set a new school record. His 225 rushing yards marks the fourth time this season Abdullah has topped the 200-yard mark on the ground.
Abdullah ran for 149 yards and two long touchdowns in the first half. He hit the right corner hard, put a move on safety Lorenzo Waters and continued on for a 53-yard TD. On the next series, Abdullah went left for 48 yards to put the Huskers in front 21-7.
Abdullah broke a 49-yard run on the first play of the second half to start a series that ended with Tommy
Armstrong Jr.'s short TD pass to Sam Cotton. After Kyle Federico's 41-yard field goal for Rutgers, Abdullah ran back the kickoff 76 yards to set up a short scoring drive.
Abdullah, who came in as the nation's third-leading rusher at 146.2 yards a game, averaged 11.8 yards on his 19 carries. He is currently second on the Big Ten's career all-purpose yards list. His 6,604 yards are 825 behind the 7,429 by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne.
Nebraska plays host to Big 10 conference foe Purdue this Saturday.

Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week
Mike Hull - Penn State
Penn State linebacker Mike Hull was named the Chuck Bednarik Award Defensive Player of the Week for his dominating performance in Penn State's 31-24 loss to Ohio State Saturday.
Hull recorded a career-high 19 tackles, in addition to adding a sack and an interception as the Nittany Lions dropped an two-overtime heartbreaker to the Buckeyes. He also grabbed the second interception of his career early in the fourth quarter, returning it 12 yards into Ohio State territory to set-up a Penn State TD, making the score 17-14.

This was Hull's fifth 10+ tackle game of the season and ninth of his career. It is his third
consecutive game with at least 10 tackles and he has led Penn State in all seven games this season.

He has established himself as being one of the top defensive standouts in the conference this season. Hull leads the Big Ten and is No. 6 in FBS, at 11.9 tackles per game. He is No. 1 in the Big Ten, 9th in FBS, in solo stops at 6.7 tpg.

Penn State returns to action on Saturday November 1st as they host Maryland.

MIAA Preseason Indoor Track Poll

The Pittsburg State men have been picked to repeat as MIAA Indoor Track and Field Champions. The Lincoln women received all the possible first place votes and were also selected to repeat at MIAA Champions.

In the men's poll Central Missouri took two first place votes and has been selected to finish second while Missouri Southern earned one first place vote and came in just one point behind UCM in third. Nebraska-Kearney was ten points behind them in the fourth place slot with Lincoln ten points behind that in the fifth place spot.

Coming in six points behind LU was Emporia State who is picked sixth with Southwest Baptist slotted to finish in seventh place. Two points behind that was a tie for eigth place that belonged to Lindenwood and Northwest Missouri. Fort Hays State was picked to finish tenth in the men's polls.

In the women's poll Missouri Southern earned the other first place vote as they were picked to finish second. Two points behind the Lions was Central Missouri who earned the third place nod followed by Pittsburg State in fourth place. Nebraska-Kearney was picked to finish fifth just ten points ahead of Southwest Baptist was was picked to earn six place.

Emporia State occupies the seventh spot in the poll as they came in just four points ahead of Northwest Missouri who was placed in the eight spot. Fort Hays State sits six points behind that in ninth overall and three points behind them is Lindenwood int he number ten slot. Central Oklahoma rounds out the poll and is picked to finish eleventh this year.

The MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championship is scheduled for February 27-March 1, 2015 from the Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg, Mo

2014-15 MIAA Preseason Men's ITF Poll
1. Pittsburg State (7) 79
2. Central Missouri (2) 69
3. Missouri Southern (1) 68
4. Nebraska-Kearney 58
5. Lincoln 48
6. Emporia State 42
7. Southwest Baptist 30
T8. Lindenwood 28
T8. Northwest Missouri 28
10. Fort Hays State 14

2014-15 MIAA Preseason Women's ITF Coaches Poll
1. Lincoln (10) 100
2. Missouri Southern (1) 85
3. Central Missouri 83
4. Pittsburg State 76
5. Nebraska-Kearney 62
6. Southwest Baptist 52
7. Emporia State 40
8. Northwest Missouri 36
9. Fort Hays State 30
10. Lindenwood 27
11. Central Oklahoma 14

Loper Volleyball 4th in the Country, 6th in the Region

The Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team is sixth in the first NCAA region rankings of the 2014 season.

These rankings determine the 64-team NCAA Division II Tournament field (eight teams from eight regions). This season, regionals are Nov. 20-22 with the Elite EightDec. 4-6 in Louisville, Ky., as part of the Winter Sports Festival.

The AVCA Top 25 poll doesn't have any bearing on these rankings. Also, these rankings do not include any matches played last night, October 28th.

The Central Region is made up of schools from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and GAC (Great American Conference). The conference champions from each league receive an automatic bid to the NCAA field.

The GAC doesn't have a team ranked this week; Arkansas Tech (24-5) is currently first in that league.

Over the next three weeks, the Lopers will have key matches against Central Missouri, Missouri Western State and Washburn

Central Region Rankings
1. Minnesota-Duluth (22-1 overall, 19-1 in-region)
2. Concordia-St. Paul (20-3, 15-2)
3. Southwest Minnesota State (16-7, 12-5)
4. Central Missouri (15-8, 15-3)
5. Wayne State (20-4, 18-4)
6. UNK (21-2, 21-2)
7. Augustana (15-8, 14-8)
8. Missouri Western State (18-5, 18-5)

9. Washburn (18-4, 18-4)
10. Winona State (15-6, 14-5)

Bronco Women's Basketball 5th in Preseason

Hastings College is ranked 5th in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 poll. The Broncos finished 28-6 last year. Defending national champion St. Francis of Indiana is ranked number one. Morningside is 2nd, Concordia is 9th and Northwestern is 15th. Hastings will open the season on Friday night against 13th ranked Southwestern of Kansas.

2014-15 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll (Oct. 28)
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (14) 38-0 374
2 4 Morningside (Iowa) 29-7 352
3 9 Indiana Wesleyan 27-8 343
4 2 Davenport (Mich.) 34-2 339
5 7 Hastings (Neb.) 28-6 313
6 16 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 27-6 309
7 5 Jamestown (N.D.) 27-4 308
8 11 College of Saint Mary (Neb.) 27-6 282
9 13 Concordia (Neb.) 25-8 251
10 12 Purdue Calumet (Ind.) 24-7 240
11 13 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 27-10 238
12 8 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 27-7 235
13 6 Southwestern (Kan.) 30-5 234
13 23 Friends (Kan.) 25-8 234
15 3 Northwestern (Iowa) 29-5 223
16 15 Siena Heights (Mich.) 26-9 206
17 10 Mayville State (N.D.) 25-4 186
18 18 Menlo (Calif.) 25-6 158
19 17 Huntington (Ind.) 23-8 156
20 19 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 26-6 141
21 RV Southern Oregon 25-8 140
22 22 Tennessee Wesleyan 24-5 130
23 RV Oklahoma Wesleyan 21-12 86
24 25 Cornerstone (Mich.) 22-10 76
25 24 Eastern Oregon 23-10 71

^ DII Women's Basketball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll (March 26, 2014)

Others Receiving Votes: Union (Ky.), 65; Tabor (Kan.), 63; Point Park (Pa.), 59; Indiana South Bend, 42;Mount Mercy (Iowa), 23; St. Thomas (Fla.), 16; Bryan (Tenn.), 9; Rio Grande (Ohio), 9; Indiana Northwest, 8;Midland (Neb.), 7; Ave Maria (Fla.), 6; Robert Morris (Ill.), 5; Briar Cliff (Iowa), 5; Grace (Ind.), 3.

Loper Wrestling Starts Season 3rd in the Nation

The Nebraska-Kearney wrestling team is ranked third in the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association preseason Top 20 poll.

The Lopers, who finished 2014 as national runners up, received 134 points to trail only Maryville (151) and Ouchita Baptist (142). OBU is pronounced Wash-ih-taw

Maryville, a fourth-year program that will host the 2015 NCAA Championships, is led by former UNO coach Mike Denney. Located in St. Louis, the Saints received five first place votes and return five All-Americans to its lineup.

OBU is a fifth-year program located in Arkadelphia, Ark.

UNK received two first places votes with 2014 national champion Notre Dame College (Ohio) picking up the other.

Individually, junior Romero Cotton (Hutchinson, Kans.) is No. 1 at 197 lbs. He went wire-to-wire last year, never losing his top ranking and winning the national title 8-7 over Julian Smith.

Smith, from McKendree (Ill.), also returns and is second in this class.

Junior Daniel DeShazer (Wichita, Kans.) is No. 1 at 133 lbs. after being the 2013 national champ and 2014 national runner up.

Finally, Lincoln senior Chase White is ranked eighth at 157 lbs. The Lincoln High graduate had won 58 times over the past two years, earning
All-American honors in 2013.

UNK hosts its annual Blue/Gold scrimmage this Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. in Cushing Coliseum. The regular season starts November 8th at the Iowa State Cyclone Open.

Nebraska-Kearney track & field team members Kevin Carder, Dillon Schrodt and Jackie Ziemke have been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 7 teams, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

To be eligible for this squad, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a starter or key reserve and been at his/her current school for one academic year. Finally, sports information directors (SID's) vote on the makeup of the Academic All-American and All-District teams.

District 7 includes schools from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and GAC (Great American Conference).

This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

Carder maintains a 3.99 GPA as Political Science major. Currently running across Europe, the Albion native was the Lopers team MVP in cross country in each of the past two years while being an NCAA provisional qualifier at 10,000 meters this spring.

In the ring, Ziemke (Waco) earned All-American honors in the shot this past March thanks to a third place finish. Also qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she has a 3.93 GPA in Business Administration.

A junior from Lincoln North Star, Schrodt was an All-American in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor meet with a third place finish. At last week's NCAA Outdoor meet, he placed ninth in the decathlon and also was a qualifier in the 110 hurdles. He maintains a 3.86 GPA in Math (grades 7-12).

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