In the fall, the mens cross country team made history by finishing seventh at the National Championships in November. Prior to the meet, the Oles won four of their five regular season meets and took first in the conference where Kelly Fulton 05 was named MIAC Athlete of the Meet. Following the conference chapionship, the Oles triumphed at regionals, and progressed to nationals. At the NCAA Championship, Fulton and Malcolm Richards 05 came in eighth and tenth respectively, leading their team to the second best finish in St. Olaf cross country history. Fulton and Richards both earned All American distinctions for placing within the top fifteen at the event.
With only one conference loss, the mens soccer team tied Gustavus for the 2004 MIAC Championship title. Though the team lost to Macalester in the November playoffs, their regular season was strong. Despite the short season, captain Matt Osborne 05 fondly recalled defeating the Oles cross-town rivals.
A best memory indeed was beating Carleton on their home field for a share of the conference championship, Osborne said. They beat us the year before to knock us out of the playoffs, so it was some sweet revenge.
In addition to the teams success, individual players stood out during the season, with both Abu Farah 06 and Kyle Trimble 05 earning MIAC Player of the Week distinctions.
During winter sports, the womens hockey team finished third in the MIAC in March with a record of 13-4-1. Four members of their team, Lindsay Boeser 08, Kerry Rollwagen 05, Susannah Brokl 07 and Lindsay Weier 06 were named to the 2004-05 MIAC All-Conference women's hockey team.
My greatest memory, and something that will continue to stick with me, is the fact that all the girls were able to pull together during difficult times, captain Brit Schultheis 05 said. We have been playing as a team at a varsity level since the first game, and have beaten many records. Tying St. Thomas this year is just one example.
After winning the regional title this March, the mens nordic ski team went on to take first at nationals. The womens nordic ski team also took the regional title and continued on to nationals where the nordic team took first and the alpine team took fifth. The combined men and womens nordic and alpine teams claimed the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association Presidents Cup, the overall combined alpine, nordic and snowboard title. In the nordic competition, Linn Dale 07 won the individual womens title while Nate Erlandson 06 took the mens.
Coming in a close second at the MIAC Championships was enough to carry the mens swimming and diving team to the NCAA Championships, where they took 15th place this February. Christian Lorentzen 07 was named the 2005 MIAC Championships Male Diver of the Meet after he won the three-meter event and tied Brad Wourms 05 for first in one meter diving.
Taking first in Februarys 2005 MIAC championships was an easy task for the womens swimming and diving team, as the win allowed them to continue to the national meet. They scored over 100 points more than second-place Carleton at the meet.
The dual meet against Gustavus really stands out in my mind, captain Katie Brentz 05 said. Theyre our biggest rival and we absolutely annihilated them at the beginning of the season [final score 148-95]. The most amazing moment was on the last day of conference. We went 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in the 200 Butterfly. It was incredible, because that never happens.
Overall the fall and winter Ole athletes did an excellent job this year. Many contenders helped propel St. Olaf into national recognition. Although some key students will be lost to graduation in a few weeks, St. Olaf can look forward to another great year when new and returning athletes arrive at the Hill next fall.