By GREG KEIM
SPECIAL TO THE GOSHEN NEWS
Ball State junior Emily Wisolek earned second team All-Mid-American Conference honors with a third-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.73) in the MAC swimming and diving championships at Buffalo, New York.
The Northridge High School graduate’s time in the 200 back was a Ball State record.
Wisolek finished fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:50.26). She entered the finals as the No. 1 seed after setting a BSU record with a time of 1:49.31 in the preliminaries. She also placed fifth in the 500 free (4:53.52). Her preliminary time of 4:53.16 was another school record.
In the 400 free relay, Wisolek teamed with sophomore Carlena Magley (DeKalb), senior Jillian Bischoff (Hamilton Heights) and junior Haley Richter (Columbia City) for a second-place finish (3:25.15).
Ball State sophomore Kayla Hussey (Goshen) finished 23rd in the 1,650 freestyle (17:50.79) in the MAC championships.
Eastern Michigan freshman Audra Burtch (Concord) placed fourth in the 1,650 free (16:40.63) and eighth in the 500 free (4:57.30) in the MAC championships.
Wabash sophomore Aaron Troyer (Northridge) set a school record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:51.61 in the preliminaries of the North Coast Athletic Conference championships at the CT Branin Natatorium in Caton, Ohio. He placed fifth in the event finals (1:52.65) which is an NCAA B cut time. Troyer teamed with freshmen Zachariah Banks (Carmel) Elliot Johns (Carmel) and Chris McGue (Chesterton) for a second in the 400 free relay (3:09.02).
Women’s Track and Field
Goshen College senior Erin Helmuth (Bethany Christian) earned her third-straight All-American performance at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio, crossing the line fifth in 15:25.19 in the race walk. GC freshman Abby Dunn (Auburn, Maine) was third (15:16.09).
Bethel sophomore Cinnamon Green (Jimtown) placed 13th in weight throw (51-8 1/4) and 14th in shot put (13.17 meters) and freshman Melissa DuBois (Concord) 10th in long jump (17-6 3/4) at the NAIA Indoor National Championships.
Vanderbilt freshman Skyler Carpenter (Westview) placed 21st in long jump (18-1 3/4) in the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships at Fayetteville, Arkansas. She teamed with freshman Jennifer Cannon (Bristol, Tennessee), sophomore Janetra Gleaves (Nashville, Tennessee) and freshman Faith Washington (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) for a ninth in the 4 x 400 relay (3:45.22). Carpenter also finished 21st in the 60 hurdles (9.06).
The Goshen College Maple Leafs dropped 5-3 and 10-1 decisions to Webber International at Babson Park, Florida. Sophomore Melanie Meyer (Concord) singled for the Maple Leafs in the first game. She stole second and third before being driven home by sophomore Sam Langley (Tipton). Meyer, who swiped a GC record 41 bases a year ago, already has five this season. Sophomore Kerri Doutlick (Northridge) and freshman Brittany Wingard (Northridge) singled for the Maple Leafs.
Earlier on the Florida trip, Goshen lost to Davenport 9-0 and 11-4 in Clermont. Wingard had three hits, including a three-run home run, the first of her collegiate career and Meyer two hits and two steals.
Bethel sophomore Natalie Newell (Goshen) and Amanda Cross (Fairfield) were among the 10 players from the 2012 team honored as NFCA All-American Scholar Athletes. Newell is studying elementary education and Cross graduated with a degree in therapeutic massage therapy.
The Pilots will open the 2013 season with a game against UMET today in Puerto Rico. Bethel will also have games with the University of Puerto Rico on Tuesday and Wednesday and with the University Del Turabo on Thursday.
Senior forward David House (Concord) represented the Manchester Spartans on the 2013 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as he was named to the Sportsmanship team. He ranked among the top five in scoring for the Spartans a 9.4 points per game and topped the team in rebounding at 5.5 per contest. House was among the league leaders in field goal percentage at 50 percent.
Men’s Track and Field
The Goshen College men had three All-American performances at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio. Senior Jake GunderKline (Yellow Springs, Ohio) trimmed nearly a minute off his season best mark as he finished fourth in the race walk with a time of 13:23.61, sophomore Mitchell Brickson (Yellow Springs, Ohio) placed seventh in the race walk (14:44.57) and freshman Lucas Harnish (Bluffton, Ohio) was fourth in his 1,000-meter heat and 16th overall with a time of 2:33.76. Senior Sam Jones (Timber Lake, South Dakota) was in the high jump, but didn’t clear the opening height of 6-7.
Bethel sophomore Tanner Foust (Fairfield) finished 26th in high jump (6-6) at the NAIA Indoor National Championships.
Trine University senior Dustin Stutzman (Westview) placed first in shot put (53-6 1/2) and second in weight throw (46.7 1/2) in the Defiance College Open.
Indiana University at South Bend senior forward Courtney Simpson (NorthWood) was an honorable mention selection in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference for the 2012-13 season. She averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Simpson’s field goal percentage of 53 percent ranked her third in the league. Simpson, on Senior Night, netted 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting in 29 minutes of action.
“What a year Courtney had,” IUSB coach Steve Bruce said on the school Web site. “Tremendously consistent in her play, tirelessly competitive in her efforts and a level of leadership that a coach dreams of getting from a senior.”
She will graduate in the spring with a degree in dental hygiene.
Trine University junior Shane Hendrickson (Elkhart Memorial), wrestling in the 285-pound class, dropped a 5-1 decision to Jimmie King of Manchester and a 7-0 decision to Mitchell Steed of Wheaton in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.