Centenary Magazine Spring '06

Sports Recap of Fall 2005

Swim Team Sets Records

Centenary’s men and women’s swimming teams competed in the Arkansas-Little Rock Christmas Invitational in the fall, setting two school records while collecting 20 top-ten finishes. Freshman Leslie Clampitt of Dallas, Texas, set the Ladies record in the 50-yard freestyle at 25.07 and was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team, which included Alana Gregory of Flower Mound, Texas, Melanie Zimmerman of Round Rock, Texas, and Lori Von Pingel of Birmingham, Ala., that set the Centenary record at 1:43.29.

Cross Country Runners Pick Up Their Heels

At the Mid-Con Cross Country Championships in Valparaiso, Ind., Centenary placed seventh (men) and ninth (women) while participating in their third league championship. Centenary long distance runners Michael Haydel of Bossier City, La., and Lori Von Pingel of Birmingham, Ala., have been named Mid-Continent Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week by the league office. The pair of runners led their respective teams at the Northwestern State All-Comers meet. It is the first award of such kind for either individual and is the first for the Centenary programs since joining the Mid-Con in the fall of 2003. Haydel was also named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana first team for cross country.

Rookie Ladies Golfer Earns Mid-Con Award

Centenary Ladies golfer Jessica Garza of McKinney, Texas, earned her first Mid-Continent Conference Golfer of the Week award after a strong showing at the Arkansas State Lady Indian Classic. The first-year student shot rounds of 77 and 80 for a 157, good enough to tie her for 18th place, just 10 strokes behind the leader. Garza has been the top performer for the Ladies in two of the three tournaments Centenary has participated in, including a number one finish in her first-ever collegiate tournament.

Mid-Con Recognizes Volleyball Players

Two first-year students were honored as Mid-Con players of the week for their volleyball play. Danielle Bochat of Boerne, Texas, received an offensive player of the week award, and Liliana Williams of Heath, Texas, was named a defensive player of the week.

Series of Successes for Centenary Soccer

Centenary Ladies goalkeeper Ali Hilsher was named first team All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Hilsher, a sophomore from Tulsa, Okla., set the single season record with 142 saves and ranked fourth in the nation in saves per game with a 9.47 average. Along with setting the season saves record, Hilsher also set, and subsequently broke, the school record for saves in a game. She was named Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice for her efforts.

Centenary’s Lauren Mills, a junior from Austin, Texas, was selected second-team All-Mid-Continent Conference in women’s soccer, as voted by the head coaches of participating institutions. Mills provided a strong defensive presence for the Ladies, anchoring a backfield that helped provide four shutouts for the season.

The Gents’ midfielder Aaron Volanksi, a transfer student from the University of Memphis, was selected second-team All-Mid-Continent Conference and was named Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Week earlier in the season. With the 2005 season completed, Volanski will lead a young 2006 Gents squad that returns eight starters.

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