Titan athletes continue to be successful

The competitive spirit of Titan athletics is a significant part of campus life at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

“Our dedicated coaches work hard to foster the development of our student-athletes and, together, they have enhanced the exposure of our athletics program and University, and created reasons to celebrate,“ UWO Athletics Director Darryl Sims said.

The Titans had a successful 2015 fall season with five UW Oshkosh teams clinching a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship—women’s golf, soccer, volleyball, cross country and men’s football. The Titans continued their success into the spring semester, winning championships in basketball, gymnastics and swimming and diving.

Basketball

Alex Olson playing basketballThe UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team finished strong last season, securing a bid for the first time in 13 years in the NCAA Division III postseason and winning the WIAC tournament championship.

Titan guard, Alex Olson, senior from Brookfield, earned first-team accolades for the second straight season to lead UW Oshkosh’s selections on the 2016 WIAC men’s basketball team.

UW Oshkosh women’s basketball won the WIAC Championship for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in program history. With the triumph, the Titans secured the league’s automatic berth into the 64-team NCAA Division III Championship, which was the 13th NCAA Championship appearance for the Titans.

Taylor Schmidt, junior from Algoma, is a repeat honorable mention selection on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) 2016 NCAA Division III All-America Basketball Team. Schmidt was one of two Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) players named to the All-America Team. Schmidt helped lead UW-Oshkosh to the NCAA postseason during each of her three seasons.

Swimming and Diving
UW Oshkosh’s Gabrielle Kraus, freshman from Grafton, earned a pair of top 20 finishes at the NCAA Division III Women’s Region 1 Diving Championship

Katie Challoner, a senior from Sun Prairie, finished second in a pair of breaststroke events and Taylor Teske, junior from Pewaukee, once in the backstroke at the WIAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship

Gymnastics
The Titans placed fourth at the WIAC Championship. Krystal Walker, senior from Chicago, Ill., recorded her season bests in four of the five individual categories to help UW Oshkosh finish fourth in the team standings at the WIAC Women’s Gymnastics Championship held March 4 in La Crosse.

The WIAC Championship also served as a West Region qualifier for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championship held March 18-19 in Brockport, N.Y.

Walker capped her exceptional career by earning her fourth consecutive All-America award in the all-around competition and her 10th All-America laurel overall at the NCGA Championships.

The NCGA also announced its 2016 Academic All-American Team at the championship. The 38-member squad included Titans, Barbara Bass, senior from Homer Glen, Ill., Nicole deRoode, senior from St. Louis, Mo., Courtney Howard and Alyssa Noel, senior from Greenfield.

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