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Naylor earned NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks in each of the three diving events, and broke Arkansas records in three-meter and platform diving. She dove and placed highly at the Canadian Senior Nationals in the summer of Seniors Liana Bugslag and Alex Roman will flank Naylor as high scorers and senior leaders of the diving team.
Coach Schultz commented that none of his divers had much experience on the tower entering last season, and they have been training hard over the summer. Continuing a rich tradition of international competition, a number of University of Arkansas swimmers and divers will get the chance to do just that in the upcoming year. Eight Razorbacks swimmers have already qualified for the U. Held June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Neb.
The Razorbacks who have qualified are Liz Braun in the backstroke, Chelsea Franklin in the freestyle, Julia Kucherich in the backstroke and individual medley, Nicole Menzel in the freestyle, Jillienne Schilling in the backstroke and individual medley, Haley Smith in the backstroke, Alison Templin in the and freestyle and Katie Whitbeck in the butterfly. Head coach Jeff Poppell could not be more pleased with the experience that national and international competition gives his athletes.
Some of the top schools in the conference have world champions and Olympic medalists as members of their team. Naylor and Bugslag pictured right both attended the Canadian Olympic Trials in and hope to do so in Bugslag has medaled at the Australian Nationals and the Finnish Nationals, and has earned second and third place finishes at the Canadian Nationals.
Naylor participated and placed in the Canadian Nationals in the summer of She is the Israeli record holder in the 50, and breaststroke.
Lim, a sophomore transfer student who will sit out the season, competed on the Singapore 8 junior national team starting at the age of nine, and at 14 became the youngest member of the national team. Sverrisdottir, a junior, competed in the European Championships and is the Icelandic record holder in theand freestyle events. Sverrisdottir represented Iceland in the Summer Olympic Games, competing in the freestyle.
Arkansas will compete in the Minnesota U. Grand Prix, which has a long course format that mirrors that of international competition. Whether donning the Razorback cardinal and white or the colors of their respective countries, the Razorbacks are prepared to make a splash. Poppell has guided a steadily improving program over the years, most recently leading his team to its top College Swimming Coaches Association of America national ranking of 17th during the season, after rankings of 19th in and The Razorbacks entered the Top 25 ranks in for the first time in 16 years.
He coached Arkansas to its best finishes in the Southeastern Conference since joining the league in The Hogs finished eighth in the conference championships insixth ina program-best fifth inand seventh in The campaign was marked by an impressive regular season in which the Razorbacks went overall, with a record in the SEC, and won the Purdue Invitational.
Junior Jilliene Schilling earned her first facility record in the IM, and standout freshman Kesha Naylor charged into the Razorback record book with top five finishes in each of the three diving events, including the top score on the three meter and the platform. The season saw the storied career of swimmer Yi-Ting Siow come to a close. Siow became the first Razorback swimmer to win back-to-back SEC titles, claiming her second SEC championship title in the breaststroke.
The three-time Olympian became only the fourth SEC swimmer to win backto-back titles in the event since Sincethe Razorbacks have garnered 23 Academic All-America honors, including a program record 10 in The Razorbacks were 25th in the nation with a 3.
The Razorbacks had seven freshmen honored by the SEC for their academics inthree inand nine a year earlier. Under the direction of Poppell, the Razorbacks finished second for the Lee Spencer Cup, an award which recognizes the UA athletic team most dedicated to Razorback excellence, integrity in areas of academics, athletics, leadership and personal development as well as service and team spirit. Marks and Kastes went on to earn All-America honors during their careers. Inthe Razorbacks boasted the 21st-ranked recruiting class in the country.
He guided two swimmers to three gold medals, one silver, two bronze and three event records at the Southeast Asian Games. While at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.
He led the Sharks to a top-five finish at the Spring U. Poppell spent from as the Bolles School head coach, where he guided four female swimmers that ranked in the top 25 in the world and seven who were among the top in the world.
National Champions, five who competed in the U. National Championships or U. He earned one gold, one silver and two bronze medals while competing at the Maccabiah Games. Poppell Has Coached 8 7 U. Olympic Trials competitors 4 Swimmers ranked in the top 25 in the world 2 U. National Champions 2 Top swimmers at the U. Schultz served for 11 seasons as the Razorbacks diving coach from before leaving to enter private business.
Schultz coached the Hogs divers to a fourth place finish in the Southeastern Conference inits best ever under the current coaching staff. The squad will look to continue its upward swing with the improvement of junior Alyssa Tomlinson and the experience of seniors Alex House and Liana Bugslag. In one season at Idaho, Schultz added another All-American. A native of Akron, N.
Schultz and his wife Darby have three children, Hayden, Brooke and Collin. Mann, who came to Arkansas with head coach Jeff Poppell five years ago, has been elemental in the turnaround of the Arkansas swimming and diving program, which earned its top College Swimming Coaches Association of America national ranking of 17th this past season. A crucial component of the recruiting process at Arkansas, Mann helped Poppell sign the 14thranked recruiting class for the upcoming season. InMann assisted the Razorbacks to a regular season record in dual meets, the first winning campaign for the program since The team has never had a losing record under Poppell and Mann.
With their recruiting efforts, the recruiting class was ranked fifth in the nation by CollegeSwimming. Prior to Arkansas, Mann worked with Poppell as a senior assistant coach and assistant aquatics director at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. He worked alongside Poppell for four years and brought his wealth of experience working with world-class athletes to his position with the Razorbacks.
Throughout his 15 years of coaching experience, Mann assisted with the development of athletes who competed at the U. Olympic Trials and various international competitions. Before joining Bolles, Mann worked for four seasons as the assistant aquatics coach and senior coach for Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Fla.
He started his coaching career in as the head coach of Swim Florida Bradenton in Bradenton, Fla. Her main duties include handling video editing and the day-to-day office duties for head coach Jeff Poppell.
As a student-athlete, Haskins set career-best times in each of her three years at Arkansas and departed the Razorbacks with her name at the top of two UA records. She helped set the record in the medley relay with a time of 1: Haskins and her teammates in the freestyle relay also tied the school record that was set in She placed first in the 50 free against Utah and set a career-best time in the same event at the Southeastern Conference Championships when she stopped the clock at Also at the SEC meet, Haskins set a career best in the freestyle with a time of That time qualified Haskins 16th for the consolation final.
George graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in and was a four year varsity letterwinner. He was a four time Big East All-Conference selection. InGeorge qualified for the U. Olympic Trials and placed ninth in the country in the 1, meter freestyle.
George has experience as a swim coach in Florida and volunteered four years at the Special Olympics. When it comes to running and scoring an event, there is none better than Line. Swimming meets, including the Central Zone Meet.
InLine stepped away from the computer and assisted Arkansas with the administration of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championship as technical director. Line brings more to Arkansas than just his meet expertise. Line and his wife, Mary, have two children, Jessica and Jayme.
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After graduating, he spent one year as an assistant football coach at Hampden-Sydney College before a short stint as a teacher at Dupont Middle School in Jacksonville, Fla.
Morgan is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. He has two sisters, Alissa and Taylor. She is back for her second year working specifically with Razorback divers.
Prior to joining the Razorbacks, Glass worked as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. She hails from Corsicana, Texas. He was promoted to a full-time position in August His responsibilities include monitoring academic progress to ensure studentathletes are meeting University, Southeastern Conference, and NCAA requirements, tracking continuing eligibility, and providing registration and advising services.
Johnson served as a manager for the Razorback basketball team under the direction of Stan Heath for two years and has coached at several basketball camps and with AAU programs.
A native of Checotah, Okla. She has previously worked with a variety of sports including swimming, football and cheerleading. Durand is a Carmel, Ind. Samluk was a sprint freestyler for the Razorbacks prior to taking on the roll of manager. She helped MHS to a district championship in her junior season.
Samluk was also part of the Lakeside Aquatic Club beginning at age She has three younger brothers, John, Ryan and TJ. She plans to study kinesiology. Liana Bugslag dove her way to three firstplace finishes as a junior for the Razorbacks.
Bugslag also finished first in her first meet of the season at Vanderbilt. She was first on the one-meter with The junior improved her three-meter mark to a season and career best Bugslag shined on the platform at the SEC Championships when she marked She finished sixth on the platform with a finals score of Bugslag finished in the top three seven times throughout the season and improved her best mark on the platform with a career-high Bugslag was the anchor for the Arkansas diving team as a sophomore.
Bugslag pushed through a wrist injury to finish the season with 12 top four finishes including three wins. She swept the one-meter and three-meter events against Vanderbilt and added a first-place finish on the one-meter against Utah. At the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, Bugslag advanced to the finals of the platform event for the first time and scored with an eighth-place finish. Her mark of Bugslag came out strong as a freshman for the Razorbacks, posting seven top four finishes during the season.
Bugslag placed fourth on the one-meter springboard in a dual meet with No. Bugslag built her diving records for the Boardworks Diving program in the absence of a high school swimming program. Bugslag was provincial champion in the one and three-meter platform dives four times.
She earned a silver medal at Australian Nationals, three golds and two silvers diving at the Finnish Nationals along with a second and third place at the Canadian Nationals.
InBugslag was a finalist in the Canadian Olympic trials. Bugslag chose Arkansas because of the Arkansas staff and the strong business program. Bugslag is majoring in public relations. Alex House earned two first-place finishes on the three-meter board for the Razorbacks during the season. She combined for five top three finishes on the season in each of the three diving events. She picked up her first win on the three-meter board against BYU when she scored She came back against Drury to top the pack with her season and career-best mark of House also set a new career-high score on the one-meter when she finished second at Kansas with a score of She finished sixth against Missouri and South Carolina, helping the Razorbacks to a win over each opponent.
House was sixth on the platform at the Purdue Invitational, marking her best finish of the season on the tower. Her best score in the event came in the dual vs. Drury when she earned a score of House posted the first two wins of her collegiate career against North Texas as she swept the diving events with a pair of strong performances. Louis native scored She bettered her mark on three-meter with a House finished the season with 11 top-five finishes.
At the SEC Championships, her best performance came on the three-meter where she finished 13th with a mark of House was the dive captain at Eureka and qualified for state championships three years in a row.
As a senior, House finished fourth at the state championships. She also broke one-meter dive records in six dive and 11 dive meets at Eureka before coming to Arkansas. House excelled in the classroom as well, graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.
She married Hunter House in the summer of House has a sister and a brother and volunteers weekly with the Campus Crusade for Christ. Sarah Howard collected three thirdplace finishes as a junior for the Razorbacks as well as 10 finishes in the top five.
Howard was third in the freestyle against Vanderbilt but had her best performance in the event at the Southeastern Conference Championships in Gainesville, Fla.
The SEC Championship proved to be a good one for Howard, as she earned her season-best time in the 1, free in that meet as well. She finished the race in While competing at the Purdue Invitational, Howard earned her best performances in the and breaststrokes, helping the team to place first in the invitational event by more than points.
She finished 12th in the finals of the breast with a time of 2: Howard was fourth in the breast event at BYU and came back the next day and collected her best finish in the event against Utah when she was third in her race.
Howard competed in five events as a sophomore, posting six top five finishes throughout the season. Her best outing came in the 1, free when she finished second, helping the Razorbacks defeat Vanderbilt She recorded personal-best times in the mile and breaststroke events.
At the Purdue Invitational in November, Howard swam career-best times in the free and the breast. She also earned two third-place finishes at the Mizzou Grand Prix, in the 1, free and breast. Howard received Academic Champion status for her 4. Howard was co-captain on the school swim team her senior year. She was a recipient of the High School Scholar-Athlete Award and graduated second in her class with a 4.
Howard is studying political science and journalism while at Arkansas. Lisa Lunkenheimer continued to build on her success as a Razorback in her junior season. She had two first-place finishes on the season and six in the top three. Proving herself in each butterfly event, Lunkenheimer earned her best time of the year in the fly at the Southeastern Conference Championships where she finished in An internal defibrillator was implanted in his chest and he is in great health.
He plays basketball and has even run a marathon since his cardiac episode. Our 5 hour excursion to the Target Center turned out to be 7 hours. Zach was exhausted this morning and his blood pressure was low. We struggled with the decision of taking him to the game but didn't want to have a setback.
And wouldn't you know it: We watched the game on t. Onward and upward from this day forward! Hard work so he can get home. Bruhn held up three fingers Zach wears jersey number 3 as he did so. When the team posed for photos with the championship trophy, they held up three fingers instead of the traditional index fingers. The luncheon honored 32 high school seniors from all over Minnesota. Afterwards, the AAA award winners were introduced on the court during halftime of the Class 2A championship game.
One honoree was unable to attend the luncheon, but he had a pretty good reason. When the luncheon began, Springfield senior Dillon Schultz was in the starting lineup and helping Springfield win the Class 1A state championship. He was the Class A golf state champion as a sophomore and finished in a second-place tie at state as a junior.
He will take one more crack at a state golf title this spring. Last spring they finished second in the same category. The family business added more gold Saturday night when Orono beat Columbia Heights to win the 3A championship. Barry Wohler is now the coach of the Orono Spartans and the starting lineup includes his son Brady, a junior guard.
Osseo senior guard Ross Miller is also their grandson. It is directed by Mr. Larry Wankel who puts his heart and soul into each students' musical success and they love him for it. It was very disheartening for Band members to not be able to play at State games but the Garage band won the luck of the draw. This correction would mean so much to the already "let-down" Perham Band members.
Thank you so much! Let's take some time off and wait patiently for the earth to dry. Spring sports are here!
We close with a drum roll insert that sound effect here and the final numbers In stepped the Tigers of Springfield. Out they came with a victory and the state championship. The Tigers closed the season with a record; B-B-E is Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 67, Redwood Valley After four games and seven overtimes on Friday at Target Center, who the heck knows what Saturday will hold. Springfield 2 p. Rochester Lourdes vs. Perham 6 p. Columbia Heights vs. Orono 8 p. Longevity is the category that basketball fans are most aware of.
After all, Bob is in his 56th year as a head coach and his 50th season with his hometown Chisholm Bluestreaks. He is the all-time winningest coach in Minnesota with a record of His players have short haircuts, no facial hair or tattoos and they wear the old-fashioned socks that cover the calves.
The kids wear suits and ties to games and they respect their coach, the officials and the game. Chisholm was hurt by fouls two starters fouled out and free throws they made only 16 of After the game, Coach McDonald right was in his usual rare form. When the postgame interviews begin, McDonald becomes the greatest stand-up comedian in town.
As he walked out of the silent Bluestreaks locker room Friday, he saw me standing in the corridor. He talked about how the competition gets bigger and better as the season progresses.
Would a few more free throws be a miracle? As the postgame discussion went on, McDonald was not afraid to admit that he made at least one coaching mistake. Late in the game he had his boys run a delay offense, but they ended up being fouled and sent to the free throw line.
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But the smile never wavered, the good humor never left the track. Yes, Bob McDonald has been coaching for 56 years and he has won more games than any coach in the state.
But for reasons that extend far beyond the numbers, he is a treasure. They included a nurse who was in the gym when Zach suffered cardiac arrest, first responders and people responsible for placing AEDs in the school at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
Perham coach Dave Cresap now is the owner of that coin. He drilled a hole in it and he wears it around his neck. When he was introduced along with the rest of the Perham reserves before they faced Waterville-Elysian-Morristown in the final game of the day, he got out of his wheelchair and walked down the row of teammates, high-fiving everybody. More magic from Zach. The score was at the end of regulation, after one OT, after two OTs and still after the third overtime.
There was even more overtime in the second 2A semifinal game two more overtimes, in fact. Perham pulled out a win over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown that ended at 11 p.
Perham will have 15 hours off before the championship game against Lourdes. I saw the comment, unplugged my laptop, took about six steps to my right and showed the post to Dave. The power of social media! Springfield Class 2A 6 p. Redwood Valley 8 p. There will be no secrets when Hopkins and Eden Prairie take the floor Saturday night.
Oddly, the visiting team won each game. Paul Johnson and Chaska. And we just have to make sure we take care of the ball and take advantage of that without turning the ball over. The Royals can score that way in a hurry, and the Eagles know it. So we have to play five-on-five defense. And to play five-on-five we have to get great shots.
The record is four in a row. Here is a list of the teams that have won the most consecutive championships: He was the New Prague head boys basketball coach for seven years and an assistant for two years before that. His journey with cancer was well-documented. Those memories were stirred again Thursday at Target Center, before the game as well as after. Paul Johnson in the quarterfinals. Their title dreams ended Thursday with a loss to Columbia Heights. After pregame introductions, the Trojans gathered in a circle in tribute to Gravon.
They have been doing that for more than two years now. When Gravon was no longer able to coach, Tim Dittberner moved into the role. Dittberner remains the coach today. Tears came to his eyes. He explained that Jeff died on Jan. Alex is now a senior and starting guard for the Trojans. This is an emotional tournament for Dittberner for other reasons, too. Twenty-five years ago he coached an underdog team from LeSueur to the Class A state championship. He was 25 years old back then, so you can guess how old he is now.
The members of that LeSueur team will hold a reunion in a couple weeks, and it will surely be a special time. He was their coach from fifth grade through eighth grade, so taking over for Gravon was an easy fit. For all those reasons, Thursday was emotional for the New Prague Trojans. Saturday at Target Center. The third-seeded Spartans advanced with a victory over second-seeded Waconia on Thursday. The 4A title game on Saturday will be a repeat of last week's girls championship game, won by Hopkins.
AtBelgrade-Brooten-Elrosa is the only undefeated team in the state. In 1A, it will be Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa vs. Springfield at 2 p. Redwood Valley at 6 p. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown at 8 p. I was sitting courtside when I received this incoming Twitter message: Do you need me to get you a DCoke or DMdew??
I could use some nachos, though Little did I know that one of my buddies was watching me from somewhere in the arena. During this winter season, Mike has called 70 sporting events and Gordy has been behind the microphone six nights most weeks. If the name of the Orono coach sounds familiar, you have a good memory for Minnesota high school sports legends. Columbia Heights senior FayMis Freeman.
Cardiac arrest changed him from a skinny high school junior who was full of life into a young man fighting for his life. Thanks to an AED, quick action from people at the game and first responders, along with multiple surgeries in Fargo and Minneapolis, Zach was able to be with his friends in the gym once more. Paul, where he is undergoing a daily treatment regimen. And when Zach was wheeled out to the court during pregame warm-ups oh my, it was one of the most memorable things I have ever witnessed.
There was a very small media presence in the locker room when the team and Zach were reunited. The players had been told that a video link would allow them to see and talk with Zach before their game. So they gathered in their locker room, around a big-screen TV.
From behind them came a smiling Zach, pushed by his dad. The kids spent 15 minutes or so shaking hands and hugging Zach, joking about his short haircut and their missed free throws.
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And the smiles, oh the smiles, especially on the faces of Meridee and Steve pictured. How hard has this been for them and their son? We can only imagine, but Wednesday was a very special day. The next surprise came when Zach went to the court.
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