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NCAA Sports in Review 2018-19 Seven Bulldog Teams advance to NCAA Championships

Adrian College Athletics turned in an unprecedented season of success in its storied history during the 2018-19 academic year. Six Bulldog programs placed in their respective NCAA Championships, including Baseball, Men's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Women's Soccer and Women's Outdoor Track & Field.

This resulted in the Bulldogs setting school records in the prestigious Learfield/IMG College Directors' Cup presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, which measures the nation's best broad-based intercollegiate athletics programs based on finishes in NCAA Championships competition. Adrian placed 68th with 277.25 points to rate in the Top-15 percent of nearly 450 Division III institutions.

Here's a recap of significant achievement by our NCAA sports:

Baseball

The Adrian Bulldogs punch their ticket to a lucky 13th NCAA Championship appearance after blanking rival Hope College, 2-0, to capture the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament title since the event began in 2012.
  • Produced two All-Americans: Sophomore shortstop Thomas Miller (ABCA All-America/Rawlings Second Team) and senior utility man Dugan Darnell (D3baseball.com Fourth Team)
  • Extended MIAA record to 11 straight conference championships; also won MIAA tourney for 7th time
  • Swept major awards: Junior catcher Gunner Rainey, MIAA Player of the Year; Freshman Max Denny, MIAA Pitcher of the Year
  • Set school record with 16 consecutive weeks ranked nationally in ABCA coaches’ poll, finishing No. 25; also was 20th by D3baseball.com
  • Denny and Rainey join sophomore pitcher Mo Hanley, junior first baseman Brady Wood, Miller, Darnell, senior outfielder Zack Zschering on the All-MIAA First Team; and sophomore outfielder Brandon Cooper: All-MIAA Second Team
  • Made NCAA Tournament – hosted for second straight year – for the 13th time in school history
  • Finished 37-9 for the best season in program history (32 regular-season and 37 overall wins ties a record), with fewest losses since 1975

Men's Volleyball

Adrian College turned in its best season since men's volleyball was elevated from club-varsity status for the start of the 2016 season. The Bulldogs went 16-14 overall, including a first-ever victory versus NAIA-scholarship and crosstown foe Siena Heights.
  • Winningest season in program history at 16-14
  • Junior outside hitter Noah Marcinkowski repeats on second-team All-Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League; holds all AC records for kills
  • Senior middle blocker Mike Gold sets AC records for hitting percentage (.882) and blocks (9) in a match
  • Junior setter Joseph Campana sets school record with 53 assists in a match
  • Junior libero Kevin Curley sets program record for digs (29) in a match

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Randy Fry began his senior season by securing the first of his four All-America citations in 2018-19 by finishing in eighth place in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • Adrian places tied for 26th at NCAAs, which is a program record
  • Six new records set (60m, 200m, 60h, high jump, triple jump, 4x200 relay)
  • Senior Randy Fry named MIAA Most Valuable Runner
  • Fry: 2x All-MIAA in 60- and 200-meter dashes
  • Senior Jordan Davis earned All-MIAA in 60m hurdles
  • All-Region performers: Fry, Davis, Nicholas Jackson, Daz Lawrence
  • Four NCAA Qualifiers: Randy Fry, Jordan Davis, sophomore Nicholas Jackson, junior Denzel Tinsley
  • Three All-Americans in Fry (8th in 200m), Davis (3rd in 60m hurdles) and Jackson (7th in high jump)

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Senior Rayona Hart-Wilson was All-MIAA in the long jump--setting an AC record.

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

Men's Track & Field had its highest finish ever at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in a tie for 16th place.
  • All-MIAA: Tinsley (110H), junior John Hamilton (triple jump), Jackson (high jump)
  • Fry sets 100m school record
  • All-Region: Fry (100m, 200m, 4x100), Davis (110H, 4x100), Tinsley (110H, 4x100), senior Marcus Higginbottom (4x100), Jackson (high jump), sophomore Daz Lawrence (high jump), Hamilton (triple jump)
  • Six NCAA Qualifiers: Fry (100m, 200m, 4x100), Davis (110H, 4x100), Tinsley (110H, 4x100), Higginbottom (4x100), Jackson (high jump), Lawrence (high jump)
  • All-Americans: Lawrence (6th in HJ), Higginbottom, Tinsley, Davis, Fry (all in 4x100 relay, 5th), Jackson (5th in HJ), Fry (7th in 100m, 6th in 200m)
  • Adrian sets school record with 16th-place showing at NCAA Championships

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Sophomore Britney Carnagie is a 2018 MIAA champion and now 2019 All-American in the javelin throw.
  • Sophomore Britney Carnagie receives All-America and USTFCCCA All-Region honors in the javelin throw
  • Bulldogs make first NCAA Championships appearance since 2004

Men’s Soccer

Adrian celebrated back-to-back berths in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's soccer championship game for the first time in school history.
  • Senior defender Zach Roller was All-MIAA First Team
  • Second-team All-MIAA picks were senior midfielder Tad Davis, junior goalkeeper Spencer Brown and sophomore defender Justin Tobin
  • Davis becomes the program’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American (3rd team)
  • Bulldogs make second-straight MIAA Championship game appearance

Women’s Soccer

Adrian Women's Soccer won its first conference tournament championship at perennial power Hope College, 1-0.
  • First NCAA Tournament appearance in program history
  • Won first-ever MIAA Tournament championship, defeating Hope on the road
  • All-MIAA First-Team selections: Junior forward Caroline Fleming, sophomore midfielder Megan Louwers, junior goalie Ayverie Giller, senior defender Rachel Rodeheffer
  • Freshman forward McKenna Mahoney was second-team All-MIAA
  • Fleming, Louwers also earned USC coaches second-team All-region
  • Giller and Rodeheffer also were United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region on the third team.
  • USC All-Region Scholars: Giller, Fleming, Rodeheffer
  • Fleming earns CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team distinction as the first women’s soccer player in team history to do so.

Women’s Volleyball

Senior Olivia Welch reached 1,000 digs and 100 service aces for her career.

Men’s Wrestling

Men's Wrestling set modern-day program records for wins and points among other highlights.
  • Sophomore Devon Pingel (184 pounds) qualified for NCAA Division III Championships in Virginia
  • Pingel, in first season at Adrian, becomes first Bulldog since 1979 to be named All-MIAA
  • Collin Lewis (5th at 285 pounds) and Pingel (Runner-Up) place at the NCAA Central Regional
  • Program records fell for points in a match (51 at Lakeland), winning margin (51-6 at Lakeland) and a modern mark for dual-wins (8-3)

Women’s Wrestling

Adrian Women's Wrestling had its best season since the sport was founded at the College in time for the 2015-16 campaign.
  • Hosted first-ever home Invitational event and home dual
  • Posted first-ever undefeated dual-season with 6-0 record
  • Highest finish at Nationals in program history (16th place)
  • USA Wrestling All-Americans: Graduate student Kassidy Block, freshman Zoe Nowicki, sophomore Maggie Elliott
  • NWCA Scholar All-Americans: Senior Autumn Rux, junior Mara Eason and Nowicki
  • Bulldogs also were second in the country with a 3.12 combined GPA for the National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-America Team award

Acrobatics & Tumbling

Bulldogs Acrobatics and Tumbling set program records for wins (4-3) and winning streak in 2019.
  • NCATA Academic Honor Roll selections: Meghan Abbee, Brittany Archambeau, Brianna Eldredge, Cheyenne Franklin, Hannah Jakaus, Jeannette Oubre, Kaleigh Saxon
  • Hit 240-point mark for first time under third-year head coach Ellen Barker
  • Bulldogs achieve milestones for wins (4) and first time above .500 (4-3)
  • Adrian wins first three meets of the season for another program first

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

  • Freshman Robert Diebold is named USTFCCCA All-Region after finishing in 22nd place at the Great Lakes Championship
  • Diebold also earns Academic All-Region from the USTFCCCA

Softball

Adrian had its most victories in four seasons.
  • Senior pitcher Paige Cubberly is chosen second-team All-MIAA
  • Most wins since 2015 season (20-16), going 19-19 overall
  • In October, 15 student-athletes who recognized NFCA Scholar All-Americans from the 2018 squad
  • Swept NAIA-scholarship Siena Heights in a March 28 doubleheader

Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Junior Nathan Waterbury is second-team All-MIAA. Adrian reaches MIAA Semifinals on the men’s side.

Men’s Rowing

  • Competes in the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships for the first time
  • Freshmen Aidan Moran and Rudy Schork made the 2019 All-MARC varsity team and classmate Ryan Boyd made the all-conference squad as a novice

Women’s Rowing

  • Competes in the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships for the first time
  • The Bulldogs freshmen trio of Hannah Heller and Grace Cool were named all-MARC on varsity and Heather Temar at novice

Men’s Basketball

Junior forward Jeremy Kalonji repeats his second-team All-MIAA status

Women’s Basketball

  • Senior guard Ashley Morris: All-MIAA Second Team
  • Sophomore center Sha’Trice Graves was 8th in the nation with 2.96 blocks per game, leading the MIAA.
  • Graves sets school records for blocks in a game (8) and season (74); already lists second all-time in team history with 104

Football

Adrian Football leads the MIAA with the most D3football.com/Scoutware Team of the Week award recipients.
  • Senior running back Emmanuel Stewart (First Team), senior wide receiver Jerron McGaw (First Team), senior offensive lineman Jaleel Brown (First Team), senior linebackers Chris Adams (First Team), Tim McPhee (Second Team) receive All-MIAA laurels
  • Stewart resets his own single-game rushing record with 283 yards on 30 carries versus Albion
  • Bulldogs extend MIAA record with 37 D3football Team of the Week honorees all-time
  • Stewart finishes career also owning school rushing records for a season (1,487 yards in 2015) and career (5,088 yards).
  • McGaw and freshman quarterback Jack Wurzer set school records for receiving and passing

Men’s Hockey

Six Bulldogs from 2018-19 team sign professional hockey contracts
  • Senior teammates on the blueline Cory Dunn (First Team), Braden Hellems (Second Team) are AHCA All-Americans
  • Dunn becomes just second four-time All-American in NCAA Division III history and fifth in all-Divisions
  • All-NCHA picks: senior forward Trevor Boyd, Dunn
  • 14 Academic All-NCHA selections led by Hellems, who is second Bulldog Hockey student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades
  • Six Bulldogs from 2018-19 team sign professional hockey contracts

Women’s Hockey

Women's Hockey topped the national polls for the first time in program history in 2018-19.
  • Second Frozen Four Appearance (3rd Place) in three years
  • Fourth-straight Slaats Cup win (2OT – longest game in history)
  • Fifth-straight Kronschnabel Trophy (regular season)
  • Achieved #1 national ranking for first time in program history
  • Junior defenseman Kelly O’Sullivan earns third AHCA All-America citation (First Team), becoming the first in program history
  • Senior forward Tory Harshman, senior defenseman Shelly Czarnowczan, O’Sullivan, freshman goalie Denisa Jandova were selected All-NCHA
  • Jandova and defenseman Julia Barrett were named NCHA All-Freshmen
  • Senior forward Kortney Diaz was NCAA Division III statistical champion with three shorthanded goals

Men’s Golf

  • Senior Andrew Skibski earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI First Team to advance to the Academic All-America ballot.
  • Skibski chosen All-MIAA (Second Team) for the third time
  • Skibski’s 73.8 scoring average in conference play is best in AC history since at least the 1977-78 season; believed to also hold all-time scoring mark.

Women’s Golf

  • Adrian wraps up season as the Bulldog Invitational runners-up
  • Junior Brooke Symons is a two-time MIAA Golfer of the Week recipient

Men’s Lacrosse

  • Numerous team and individual records set during first season under new head coach Brett Wetzel
  • Midfielder Max Leventis and defender Christian Aurand become first freshmen in MIAA history to be named to USILA National Team of the Week, tying Hope College’s record for most selections by a conference member.
  • Leventis set school face-off wins records for a game (26) and season (235) as well as season ground balls (157)
  • The Bulldogs set program benchmarks for ground balls per game (42.9, 601 total was third) and man-up goals (30 to lead the MIAA)
  • Freshman attackman Chris French broke school record for shots in a season (147) and was third in MIAA scoring

Women’s Lacrosse

  • Senior Annie Rice is second-team All-MIAA for three all-conference bids
  • At 8-7, Adrian nets first winning record since 2014 season (12-6)
  • Records first shutout of opponent (Olivet) for first time in four years

GO. BULLDOGS. GO.

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