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ISSUE 121 VOL 9 PUBLISHED 11/30/2007

Athletes honored

By Eric Monek Anderson
Sports Editor

Friday, November 30, 2007

Capping off an impressive all-around fall campaign for Ole athletes, 11 St. Olaf football players made the All-MIAC first team. Athletes and teams in several other sports garnered postseason honors.

The football team finished the season ranked 23rd in the country with an 8-2 overall record and a 6-2 mark in MIAC play. Their only losses came to league competitors Bethel and St. John's. Bethel has reached the Division III football semifinals.

Six offensive players made the All-MIAC first team, including quarterback Matt Penz '08, wide receiver Horace Gant '08, linemen Eric Yuen '08 and Blake Hamel '08, kicker Paul Fortman '08 and utility man Evan Endsley '09. On defense, Fortman also made the squad as a punter. He was joined by linebackers Nick Rydberg '08 and Adam Concannon '10, defensive end James Bechdol '08 and cornerback Deontae Hutchins '08.

Oles on the All-MIAC second team included wide receiver Andrew Schmiesing '08, running back Coty Watkins '09 and offensive lineman Paul Schwingler '09. Gant, who now holds St. Olaf career records in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns, was also selected to play in the Aztec Bowl Dec. 8. As part of an all-star team of Division III athletes, Gant will take on the Mexican national team.

Nov. 17 the women's cross country team competed at the NCAA National Championships hosted by St. Olaf. They placed 30th in the country, paced by Jenna Carlson '09, who finished 119th. David Swanson '08 was the lone Ole male to qualify for the event. He came in 113th among the 280 runners. The women and men placed third and fourth in the MIAC, respectively.

The men's soccer team knocked off top-seeded rival Carleton College in the first round of the MIAC playoffs before being eliminated by Gustavus in the championship game. The team's overall record was 11-9-0. For their efforts, midfielder John Zietlow '11 and defender Erik Van Mechelen '10 were named to the conference first team. Forward Nate Swenson '10 and defender Mike Peabody '08 were honorable mention All-MIAC honorees.

Though the women footballers didn't fare as well on the season, finishing with an overall record of 3-12-3, defender Allison Mills '10 was still named to the All-MIAC squad. Midfielder K.C. Beed '11 and forward Jess Magnuson '09 gained honorable mention status.

For the volleyball team, which finished 13-10, outside hitter Kim Smisek '11 made the first team after leading the team with 338 kills.

The men's and women's golf teams placed fourth and third at the MIAC Championships, respectively. Britta Hendrickson '09 finished fourth individually at the tournament.

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