Monday, October 7, 2019

St. Thomas Receives DI Offer

OCTOBER 7, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  St. Thomas Invited to Join Division I Summit League

"Four months after it was booted from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, St. Thomas is on the brink of finding its next home — on a whole new level.
After submitting an application to the conference, St. Thomas received an invitation Thursday to join the Summit League at the Division I level.

The Tommies have submitted a request for a waiver to the NCAA to make the jump straight from Division III to Division I. The current rules state Division III athletic programs can only jump directly to Division II."

>> What They're Saying: "Joining the Summit League would be a unique and exciting opportunity for St. Thomas, allowing us to significantly expand our impact and reach." - Julie H. Sullivan, president

>> What They're Saying II: "Making the decision to go Division I is something that this institution is committing to from an enterprise-wide position. This is the type of institution we want to be." - Phil Esten, director of athletics

>> DYK: Minnesota is one of just six states with only one Division I athletic department. Can you name the others? Answer below.

>> Be Smart: Should the waiver be approved, St. Thomas would compete in Division I on a probationary basis and be ineligible for the NCAA postseason until the fall of 2025, per NCAA rules. Athletic scholarships would become available to St. Thomas starting in 2021.

>> Keep Reading the letter from President Sullivan to students, faculty and staff

- courtesy of Pioneer Press

2. Packing for Palm Beach

Time to call your travel agent ... conference championship golf teams are planning a trip to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in May for the NCAA championship.

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (W)
Reedsburg CC, Reedsburg, Wis.

1. Whitewater 933 (record); 2. Stout 941; 3. Oshkosh 987; 4. Eau Claire 990; 5. Platteville 1006; 6. La Crosse 1043; 7. River Falls 1060; 8. Stevens Point 1095.

1. Trystin Kluess (Stout) 226; 2. Madison McCambridge (Stout) 230; 3. CheyAnn Knudsen (Whitewater) 232; T4. Markie Ash (Platteville) 233; T4. Ashley Hofmeister (Whitewater) 233.

Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (W)
Pebble Creek GC, Becker, Minn.

1. St. Scholastica 1057; 2. Northwestern 1194; 3. Minnesota-Morris 1203; T4. Wisconsin-Superior 1210; T4. Bethany Lutheran 1210; 6. Northland 1282; 7. Martin Luther 1339; Crown NTS, North Central NTS.

1. Hannah Johnson (CSS) 257; 2. Olivia Wright (CSS) 260; 3. Hannah Cornwell (CSS) 261; 4. Hayley Thompson (BL) 265; 5. Alison Lindemann (ML) 271.

The American Rivers Conference women's championship concludes today at the Ames Golf and Country Club.

Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (M)
Pebble Creek GC, Becker, Minn.

1. Wisconsin-Superior 910; 2. St. Scholastica 944; 3. Martin Luther 1008; 4. Northwestern 1013; 5. Bethany Lutheran 1038; 6. Northland 1040; 7. Crown 1041; 8. North Central 1047; 9. Minnesota Morris 1147.

1. Ryan Peterson (WS) 216; 2. Joey Cummings (WS) 220; 3. Liam Butche (CSS) 229; 4. Nick Mahowald (NW) 231; 5. Tyler Smith (WS) 233.

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's championship concludes today at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn.

Searching for talent for your athletic department? Need assistance with a departmental review or a strategic plan? Time to refresh your conference's policies and procedures? ASC is dedicated to small colleges and is committed to providing solutions for your concerns.

Contact to see how ASC can help your organization.

3. Net Generation

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association held its final regional championships last weekend. The winners of the championship singles and doubles brackets qualify for the national tournament on Oct. 17-20 at Berry College.

Southeast (M) at Mary Washington
Singles: Alexander Angradi (Salisbury) d. Vishnu Joshi (Johns Hopkins), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles: Angradi/Ian Siew (Salisbury) d. Joshi/Vikram Vasan (Johns Hopkins), 6-2, 6-4

Central (M) at Kalamazoo
Singles: James Hopper (Case Western) d. Jake Zalenski (Kenyon), 7-5, 6-4
Doubles: Hopper/Matthew Chen (Case Western) d. Tyler Raclin/Joshua Xu (Chicago), 6-4, 3-6, 10-5

West (M) at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Singles: Nikolai Parodi (CMS) d. Jack Katzman (CMS), 6-3, 6-1
Doubles: Bradley Cummins/Brysi Libao (Redlands) d. Varun Shanker/James Wei (Cal Tech), 6-2, 6-4

West (W) at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Singles: Catherine Allen (CMS) vs. Justine Leong (CMS), ppd
Doubles: Allen/Leong (CMS) d. Crystal Juan/Anna Kern (CMS), 6-4, 6-4

    4. Weekend Review

    Football -
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (d. McMurry, 79-0)
    2. Mount Union (d. Otterbein, 58-0)
    3. UW-Whitewater (d. UW-Eau Claire, 24-14)
    4. Saint John's (d. Augsburg, 61-6)
    5. North Central (lost at #9 Wheaton, Ill., 35-21)
    6. Hardin-Simmons (lost to Texas Lutheran, 38-27)
    7. Bethel (d. Carleton, 42-13)
    8. Muhlenberg (d. Franklin & Marshall, 49-6)
    9. Wheaton, Ill. (d. #5 North Central, 35-21)
    10. Berry (d. Sewanee, 55-0)
    Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Tufts (d. Trinity, 2-0)
    2. Amherst (d. Wesleyan, 2-0)
    3. Calvin (d. Adrian, 6-1)
    4. Franklin & Marshall (d. Swarthmore, 1-0)
    5. Washington and Lee (d. Emory & Henry, 7-1)
    6. Chicago (d. Emory, 5-0)
    7. Johns Hopkins (d. Muhlenberg, 1-0)
    8. Ithaca (d. St. Lawrence, 2-1)
    9. Loras (lost at Central, 3-2)
    10. John Carroll (d. Muskingum, 6-0)
    Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Messiah (d. Alvernia, 7-0)
    2. Middlebury (d. Bates, 5-0)
    3. Christopher Newport (d. Mary Washington, 3-0)
    4. William Smith (d. Clarkson, 5-0)
    5. Johns Hopkins (tied at Haverford, 1-1 OT)
    6. Washington-St. Louis (d. #18 Rochester, 3-1)
    7. College of New Jersey (d. William Paterson, 1-0)
    8. Pomona-Pitzer (idle)
    9. Wheaton, Ill. (d. Illinois Wesleyan, 1-0)
    10. Case Western Reserve (lost at NYU, 1-0 OT)
    Field Hockey - NFHCA
    1. Middlebury (d. #14 Bates, 1-0)
    2. College of New Jersey (d. Ramapo, 5-0)
    3. Salisbury (idle)
    4. Rowan (d. William Paterson, 5-0)
    5. Tufts (d. #20 Trinity, 1-0)
    6. Vassar (d. Union, 1-0)
    7. Franklin & Marshall (d. Swarthmore, 3-1)
    8. Bowdoin (d. Hamilton, 3-2 OT)
    9. Ursinus (lost at Dickinson, 3-2)
    10. Johns Hopkins (d. Haverford, 2-1)
    Volleyball - AVCA
    1. Emory (d. Washington-St. Louis, 3-1; d. NYU, 3-1)
    2. Calvin (idle)
    3. Chicago (d. Brandeis, 3-0; d. #14 Carnegie Mellon, 3-1)
    4. Claremont-M-S (d. Cal Tech, 3-0)
    5. Carthage (d. North Park, 3-0)
    6. Berry (d. Rhodes, 3-0; d. Hendrix, 3-0)
    7. Saint Benedict (d. #11 Augsburg, 3-0)
    8. Trinity, Texas (d. Centenary, 3-0; lost to #9 Colorado College, 3-0; d. Dallas, 3-0; d. Southwestern, 3-0)
    9. Colorado College (d. St. Thomas, Texas, 3-0; d. #8 Trinity, 3-0; d. Austin, 3-0; d. Texas Lutheran, 3-0)
    10. UW-Whitewater (d. UW-Stout, 3-1)

    5.  Comings and Goings

    6.  Play of the Day

    7.  Trivia Answer

    States with just one or no NCAA Division I programs:
    Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont and Wyoming.

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