Senior Spotlight: Ester Archer, Thomas Fischer, Matthew Montplaisir

Posted on May 6th, 2020 by

From left: Ester Archer, Thomas Fischer, Matthew Montplaisir

The Gustavus athletics department will hear from spring sport senior student-athletes throughout the remainder of the semester, honoring those who are unable to participate in their final season of college athletics. 

Today’s Q&A with senior student-athletes include Ester Archer (North Mankato) of women’s track & field, Thomas Fischer (Marshall) of baseball, and Matthew Montplaisir (Buffalo) of men’s track & field.

Q: What are your thoughts about missing your final collegiate season?

EA: I competed in both cross country and track & field at Gustavus. While I was able to have a full senior cross country season, my senior season of outdoor track was cut short. It is sad to see my career as a track athlete come to an abrupt stop. I was very much looking forward to competing in the outdoor track season as knee surgery prevented me from competing last year. I will, however, continue being a lifelong runner and supporter of both Gustavus track & field and cross country.

TF: Fortunately, we were able to play one game down in Arizona before the season got cancelled. It is very sad that we were not able to participate this year but I feel very grateful for the memories I have made through Gustavus baseball and the friendships with my teammates and coaches.

MM: This whole pandemic couldn’t have come at a worse time for us athletes, especially the track and field teams. Senior year, hosting outdoor conference this year, and we were just starting to build something special. I didn’t have my best indoor season, and the growth I was making just prior to the pandemic had me very eager to be competing again. I am grateful for all of the athletic experiences I had at Gustavus, but not being able to finish that chapter of my life on my terms is disappointing.

Q: What is your favorite sports memory at Gustavus?

EA: My favorite memory is the time we did a sprint workout on the track while it was pouring rain. Everyone was slipping and sliding all over the place, but the workout was fun and we laughed a ton.

TF: My favorite memory of Gustavus baseball was beating St. Olaf and dog-piling on the mound after winning the MIAC regular season championship during my junior year. I also really enjoyed getting to know so many people through this sport and now having lifelong friends from Gustavus baseball.

MM: For football, I can’t pick one, every big game was a thriller. Holding Concordia, a triple option team, to negative rushing yards on homecoming was electrifying. Almost upsetting St. Thomas in 2018 was a mixture of the best highs and lows, amazing to be a part of. The back and forth battles with the Tommies, Johnnies, and Royals this year were so much fun, despite losing all three. Track-wise, PR’s are always a high, but my favorite memory was setting an eight-second season PR to finish fourth at conference in the 4×200 in 2018.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

EA: Attending the Surgical First Assistant Graduate program at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

TF: Next fall I will be attending St. Kate’s for their Doctorate in Physical Therapy program.

MM: I have been accepted and will be attending the University of Minnesota to pursue my Master’s in sport and exercise science.

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Previous “Senior Spotlight” features:

Marissa Marsolek (Savage) of softball, Michael O’Neil (Edina) of men’s tennis, and Brice Panning (Hamburg) of baseball.

Lanie Altmann (Olivia) of women’s golf, Bridger Pavelka (Minnetonka) of men’s track & field, and Kjorte Harra (Eagan) of women’s tennis.

Ben Hauge (Ramsey) of men’s golf, Yassine Derbani (Casablanca, Morocco) of men’s tennis, and Aly Freeman (Omaha, Neb.) of softball.

Sarah Anderson (Roseville) and Tierney Winter (Waterville) of women’s track & field, and Mitch Nordin (Mahtomedi) of baseball.

Caitlin Kammerer (Watertown) of softball, Elijah Fourre (Eden Prairie) of men’s track & field, and Gabriela Passmore (Mapleton) of women’s track & field.

Lily Anderson (Watertown) of women’s track & field, Eric Carpenter (Mankato) of baseball, and Connor Sandok (Marshfield, Wis.) of men’s track & field.


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