The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2016 inductees include Ryan Boutwell ’99 (Football), Scott Crowell ’01 (Soccer), Heather Fitch ’96 (Gymnastics), Rick Hjelm ’83 (Hockey), Molly Nemes ’01 (Gymnastics, Track & Field), Bret Newcomb ’92 (Hockey), Dana Peterson ’96 (Cross Country, Track & Field), Rod Swenson ’99 (Baseball), and Larry Zelenz (Coach). This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, following the Hall of Fame football game against Saint John's at 1 p.m.
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars were announced Tuesday and four Gustavus student-athletes were recognized with the prestigious honor - senior Chloe Altmann (Olivia, Minn.), junior Mae Meierhenry (Sioux Falls, S.D.), sophomore Jessica Nelson (Wayzata, Minn.), and first-year Ellie Brandt (Wayzata, Minn.). The criteria for selection to the All-America Scholar Team includes a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. A total of 830 women’s collegiate golfers make up the 2015-16 season’s team.
Britt Stewart, a native of Minnetonka, Minn., has been named the head softball coach at Gustavus Adolphus College, which was announced Tuesday by Athletic Director Tom Brown. Stewart most recently completed her third season at Southwest Minnesota State University where she was the lead pitching and assistant hitting coach.
Gustavus Adolphus College is hosting an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit event Friday through Sunday, July 1-3. The tournament brings together college players from all divisions as well as top junior players for a weekend of singles and doubles. Play begins with play-in matches, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday. Main draw and consolation matches continue Saturday with play beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday’s matches also begin at 9 a.m.
The Gustavus baseball program is set to host its eighth annual golf fundraiser on Monday, July 18 at the Le Sueur Country Club. Check-in and lunch starts at 12 p.m. and the shotgun start is 1 p.m.
The Gustavus women’s hockey team welcomed 80 alumni, family, and friends to its annual golf tournament on June 20 at the Le Sueur Country Club. The annual tourney helps raise funds for the women’s hockey program, which mostly includes general expenditures, but this upcoming season will help pay for the Gusties’ trip to Europe.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced its 2016 Division III All-Americans and Gustavus’s top player Mohanad Alhouni (So., Tripoli, Libya) was named All America on the singles team for his performance during the fall season. Alhouni becomes the 51st Gustavus men’s tennis player to earn All America status and claims the 98th All America distinction in program history.
Recent Gustavus Adolphus College graduate Alyssa Taylor (Trimont, Minn.) has been selected as a candidate for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Taylor was a standout middle hitter for the Gustie volleyball team, earning AVCA Third Team All-America honors in 2015 as well as MIAC Player-of-the-Year.
Remarkably, student-athletes in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) keep finding ways to achieve both in their chosen sports and in the classroom at ever-improving rates. For the first time in MIAC history, the conference recognized more than 1,000 student-athletes with Academic All-Conference honors. Gustavus has 58 student-athletes recognized as Winter-Spring Academic All-Conference.
To officially close the 2015-16 academic year, the Gustavus Adolphus College Sports Information Department is proud to announce senior football player Matthew Boyce (Excelsior, Minn.) and junior gymnast Alex Kopp (Wayzata, Minn.) as this season’s Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year.