Female athletes of the year
Sara Bauer (UW Athletics)
Sara Bauer (UW Athletics)
BadgerNation.com
Posted Jul 9, 2006


Having won the program’s first NCAA Championship this year, it is no surprise that the Wisconsin women’s hockey program commands attention on Badger Nation’s second-annual list of UW’s top female athletes from the past academic/athletic year. Three of the top six and seven of the top 20 are women’s hockey players.

No. 1 – Sara Bauer, junior forward, hockey

Bauer won the Patty Kazmaier Award as the best player in NCAA women’s hockey, becoming the first Badger to claim the honor. She was also named the USCHO.com Player of the Year, Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year and the WCHA tournament Most Valuable Player. In addition, Bauer was an American Hockey Coaches Association and USCHO.com first-team All-American. She led the Badgers with 58 points and 36 assists and was second with 22 goals… Tied for most assists in the nation and fourth in assists per game (0.92). Tied for second-most points in the nation and fifth in points per game (1.65).. .Was assistant captain on team that won the NCAA Championship, WCHA regular season title, and WCHA tournament title… Tied for team lead with gaudy +36 rating. Tied for WCHA lead in conference-only game-winning goals (6), was third in goals (16), tied for first in assists (22), second in point scoring (38), sixth in power-play points (13), tied for 11th in power-play goals (4), and best in the league in short-handed points (4) and short-handed goals (3)… Bauer finished the season third on UW’s all-time list with 146 career points, just 31 points shy of Meghan Hunter’s school record… Named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week three times and USCHO.com national offensive player of the week twice. Had 17 multiple-point games.

No. 2 – Bobbi Jo Slusar, sophomore defender, hockey

USCHO.com national Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American. WCHA Defensive Player of the Year. Top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. American Hockey Coaches Association first-team All-American. First-team All-WCHA-Tournament team… Led all blue liners nationally with 40 points and 28 assists and was second with 12 goals. Second in the nation in points-per-game (1.03) for defensemen. No. 15 in the nation in assists per game (0.71) for all players… Led the WCHA in league-only scoring for defensemen (29 points and 1.04 points per game), and was tied for seventh overall. Tied for third in the league among all players in assists (21) and tied for the league lead in power-play points (16; four goals, 12 assists). Led the conference in power-play assists. Second on team in assists (28) and points (40) and seventh in goals (12).

No. 3 – Jolene Anderson, sophomore guard, basketball

Consensus second-team All-Big Ten choice after earning third-team honors as a freshman… Anderson scored 24 points in UW’s final game of the season to give her exactly 1,000 in just 57 career games, making her the fastest basketball player, male or female, to reach that plateau in Badger history. She was third in the Big Ten in conference-only scoring average (16.8), tied for sixth in rebounding (7.0), sixth in assists (3.9), tied for fifth in steals (2.2), second in 3-pointers made (2.38), eighth in offensive rebounds (2.1) and third in minutes played (36.3)… Overall she led UW with 17.3 points per game, 61 steals, 35.1 minutes per game and 7.0 rebounds per contest. She finished the season with 29 consecutive double-figure scoring performances and 49 double-digit outings in her career. Anderson’s 17.5 career scoring average is the best in UW history and she is ninth all-time in 3-pointers made (115), eighth in 3-point attempts (351), 11th in rebounding (6.4 per game) and third in free-throw percentage (79.2).

No. 4 – Mary Higgins, Anaya Drew, Andrea Ryan and Erin Specht, seniors, lightweight rowing

For the third consecutive year, this quartet was part of the Badgers’ Intercollegiate Rowing Association national champion lightweight eight.

No. 5 – Yi Ting Siow, freshman, swimming

Earned two All-American honors and an honorable mention All-American honor. At the NCAA Championships she placed fifth in the 200-yard intermediate medley (1:58.26), sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.77) and was part of the 12th-place 800 freestyle relay (7:17.06)… First-team All-Big Ten. At the Big Ten Championships she won the 200 breaststroke and set a pool record (2:13.09). Team MVP.

No. 6 – Jessie Vetter, redshirt freshman goalie, hockey

Overcame an early-season bout with mononucleosis and quickly became one of the most dominate players in women’s college hockey. Vetter pitched five shutouts in just 12 starts, and allowed only 10 goals in 13 games. She compiled an 11-1-0 record with a remarkable 0.78 goals-against average and a. 962 save percentage. She did not play enough for those numbers to count among the official national leaders, but if she had she would have led the nation in both GAA and save percentage. Vetter’s five shutouts were tied for fourth in the nation. Two of those shutouts came in the NCAA Frozen Four — the first two by a goaltender in women’s Frozen Four history. She finished the NCAA Tournament near perfect: a 3-0-0 record, 0.29 goals-against average and a .990 save percentage. She carries a 201:04 shutout streak into next season.

No. 7 – Amalia Sarnecki, senior, swimming

Earned three All-American honors and three honorable-mention All-American honors. Member of four relays that placed at the NCAA Championships: the 200 medley (sixth in 1:40.16), the 200 freestyle (seventh in 1:31.00) the 400 medley (10th in 3:39.20) and the 400 freestyle (eighth in 3:20.10). She also placed 10th individually in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.65) and 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.85). First-team All-Big Ten. At the Big Ten Championships: won the 100 breaststroke (1:02.63) and set a new pool record; first-place and Big Ten record-setting 200 medley relay (1:38.89); second place and school-record-setting 200 freestyle relay (1:30.27); second place and a school record in the 400 medley relay (3:39.05)

No. 8 – Katrina Rundhaug, junior, cross country/track and field

Rundhaug placed seventh in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoors to earn All-American honors (16:08.46). Also earned All-American honors in the 10,000 meters with an ninth-place finish at NCAA Outdoors (34:13.20). Placed 36th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in a personal-best 20:29.9. Finished 15th at the Big Ten cross country championships (21:39.74). At the Big Ten Outdoors Rundhaug placed third in the 10,000 (33:53.92) and sixth in the 5,000 (16:24.20). Her 33:19.45 10,000 March 31 was the fourth-best time in UW history. At Big Ten Indoors she was fourth in the 5,000 (16:15.03) and sixth in the 3,000 (9:27.76).

No. 9 – Sharon Cole, senior forward, hockey

All-WCHA second-team honoree. Third at UW with 39 points and 15 goals and fourth with 24 assists this season. Captain of first UW women’s hockey team to win the NCAA Championship, and the WCHA regular season and postseason titles. Tied for sixth in the WCHA with 13 goals in league play, tied for 11th in total points (25) and tied for 18th in assists (12).

No. 10 – Sheila Shaw, senior middle blocker, volleyball

American Volleyball Coaches Association third-team All-American and honorable mention All-Mideast Region. All-Big Ten honoree… She led the team and ranked eighth in the Big Ten with a .325 hitting percentage. Shaw also ranked 24th nationally, third in the conference and second on the team with 1.49 blocks per game… Shaw also led the Badgers and ranked eighth in the Big Ten with 0.30 service aces per game. She was fourth on the team with 2.91 kills per game. Led team with 27 solo blocks and second with 144 block assists. A four-year starter for the Badgers, she finished her career among the top UW players in hitting percentage (third at .308), kills (sixth with 1,313), block assists (sixth/426), total blocks (sixth/489), points (sixth/1,707), service aces (ninth/118), block solos (10th/63), total attack attempts (13th/2,894), games played (12th/435) and matches played (15th/125).

No. 11 – Susan Johnson, junior, swimming

Three All-American honors and one honorable-mention All-American honor. Participated on the 10th-place 400 medley relay (3:39.20), the sixth-place 200 medley relay (1:40.16) and the eighth-place 400 freestyle relay (3:20.10) at the NCAA Championships. Also placed eighth at NCAAs in the 200 backstroke (1:56.39). First-team All-Big Ten. At the Big Ten Championships: first-place and Big Ten record-setting 200 medley relay (1:38.89); second-place and a school record in the 400 medley relay (3:39.05).

No. 12 – Meaghan Mikkelson, junior defender, hockey

All-WCHA second-team honoree. Converted from forward and had a strong initial season on the blue line. Third on the team and 12th nationally with 27 assists. Fifth in the nation in points-per-game among defensemen with 0.91, and third in the nation among blue liners in assists. Eighth in the nation with 0.79 assists per game. Second in the WCHA with 0.84 points per game among defensemen and sixth in the WCHA among all players in assists (0.72).

No. 13 – Marisa Brown, senior midfielder, soccer

First-team All-Big Ten…. All-Big Ten Tournament team… Team MVP… First-team All-Great Lakes Region, Soccer Buzz. Second-team All-Great Lakes Region, NSCAA. Set school record with 92 career starts — every game she played the past four years. Led UW with 10 assists and was fourth with 14 points this season.

No. 14 – Meghan Horras, senior goalie, hockey

All-WCHA second-team honoree… First-team All-WCHA-Tournament team… Second in the nation in winning percentage (.868) with a 16-2-1 record. Sixth in the nation in goals-against average (1.54) and save percentage (.928). Tied for eighth in the nation with four shutouts… Second in the WCHA in league-only games in GAA (1.56), third in save percentage (.929) and first in winning percentage (.885 with an 11-1-1 mark).

No. 15 – Taylor Reineke, sophomore middle blocker, volleyball

All-Big Ten honoree… Led team with 198 total blocks, 1.72 blocks per game and 181 block assists. Second with 17 solo blocks. Fifth on the team with 2.36 kills per game. Second with a .312 hitting percentage… Her 112 block assists and 120 total blocks in Big Ten play were just shy of the school records 113 and 122 set by Heather Dodaro in 1996. She was second in the Big Ten with 1.62 blocks per league game.

No. 16 — Amy Vermeulen, senior midfielder/forward, soccer

Second-team All-Big Ten. Second-team All-Great Lakes Region, NSCAA. Third-team All-Great Lakes Region, Soccer Buzz. Big Ten Tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player. Team Offensive Player of the Year… She notched a hat trick against Purdue in the conference quarterfinals, the game-winning goal with 17 seconds left in the semis versus Michigan State and two goals in the title game versus Michigan… Overall, she led the Badgers in scoring for the second consecutive year with 33 points on a team-best 13 goals along with seven assists… Finished her career with a school-record 27 assists. She is third on the school career list in goals (36) and points (99).

No. 17 — Audra Jeffers, redshirt freshman outside hitter, volleyball Big Ten All-Freshman team honoree. Led the Badgers with 382 kills and 3.38 kills per game. Fourth on the team with 91 total blocks and 85 block assists. Had a .269 hitting percentage.

No. 18 — Jinelle Zaugg, sophomore forward, hockey

Led Badgers with 24 goals. Fourth on the team with 37 points. Her 23 points in league play were tied for 13th in the WCHA. No. 11 in the WCHA in goals (12) and tied for 23rd in assists (11). Third in the league in power-play goals (6). Led the Badgers with 10 power-play goals (tied for fifth in the nation) and tied for the national lead with eight game-winners. Led team with seven multiple-goal games and second with 13 multiple-point games.

No. 19 — Sarah Hernandez, senior, swimming

Earned two All-American honors. Helped the 200 freestyle relay team place seventh at the NCAA Championships (1:31.00) and the 400 freestyle place eighth. First-team All-Big Ten. At the Big Ten Championships: first-place and Big Ten-record-setting 200 medley relay (1:38.89); second-place and school-record-setting 200 freestyle relay (1:30.27); second-place and a school record in the 400 medley relay (3:39.05).

No. 20 — Katie Hnatyk, sophomore outfielder, softball

Second-team All-Big Ten selection… Named to the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team… Tied for fifth in the Big Ten with 10 home runs and third with three triples. Also sixth with a .593 slugging percentage… Batted .300 and was second at UW with 24 runs, 42 hits and five doubles. Led the team with 33 runs batted in.

Honorable mention (alphabetical by sport)

Janese Banks, sophomore guard, basketball – Honorable mention all-conference choice by the media. In conference-only games she was third in the Big Ten in assists (4.2 per game), ninth in free-throw percentage (81.5), 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and fifth in offensive rebounds (2.3 per game). Overall she was second at UW in scoring (12.8 points per game), first in assists (106), first in free throws made (100) and attempted (135), second in steals (48) and third in rebounding (5.4 per game).

Kirby Gallie, senior, openweight rowing – Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association second-team All-American.

Kara Kabellis, junior midfielder, soccer – First-team All-Big Ten. Second-team All-Great Lakes Region, Soccer Buzz. Second on the team with 20 points and tied for second with seven goals.

Jessica Ring, senior defender, soccer – Big Ten Tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player. Team Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Only goal of the season came in 2-1 win over Michigan State in Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Jenny Gelden, sophomore, swimming – One All-American honor and one honorable-mention All-American honor. Participated on the sixth-place 200 medley relay (1:40.16) and the 10th-place 400 medley relay (3:39.20). Second-team All-Big Ten. At the Big Ten Championships: second-place and a school record in the 400 medley relay (3:39.05).

Anna Trinidad, senior, swimming – One All-American honor and two honorable-mention All-American honors. At the NCAA Championships she participated on the 10th-place 400 medley relay (3:39.20), the 12th-place 800 freestyle relay (7:17.06) and the eighth-place 400 freestyle relay (3:20.10).

Jackie Vavrek, sophomore, swimming – Earned two All-American honors. Helped the 200 freestyle relay team place seventh at the NCAA Championships (1:31.00) and the 200 medley relay (1:40.16) place sixth. First-team All-Big Ten. At the Big Ten Championships: first-place and Big Ten-record-setting 200 medley relay (1:38.89); second-place and school-record-setting 200 freestyle relay (1:30.27).

Caitlin Burke, junior, tennis – Named All-Big Ten. She received an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Championships despite missing eight weeks of the spring season due to injury. She finished the spring 11-5 in singles play and was ranked as high as 40th in the nation during the season. She was 17-8 overall during the 2005-06 academic/athletic year.

Shuntia Lucas, junior, track and field – Set the school record in the 60 meters at 7.44 seconds during preliminaries at the Big Ten Indoors. She placed second in the 60 (7.45) in the finals. She also finished third in the 200 at Big Ten Indoors with a school-record time of 24.11 seconds. At the Big Ten Outdoors, Lucas placed fourth in the 100 meters (11.64 seconds) and fifth in the 200 (24.29). Member of the sixth-place 1,600 relay team at Big Ten Indoors that recorded the fifth-fastest time in UW history (3:47.34).

Blair Luethmers, sophomore, track and field – Won the pole vault at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, tying the meet record and setting a school record at 13-1 ¾. She was sixth in the pole vault (11-11 ¾) at Big Ten Outdoors. Her 13-1 ½ pole vault April 28 was second best in UW outdoor history.

Melissa Talbot, junior, track and field – Placed 15th at NCAA Indoors in the pentathlon (3,897 points). Set school record in the pentathlon with 3,950 points at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, placing third in the event. Recorded the second-fastest time in UW history in the 60 hurdles at 8.49 seconds on March 31. A member of the sixth-place 1,600 relay team at Big Ten Indoors that recorded the fifth-fastest time in UW history (3:47.34).

Jackie Simpson, sophomore setter, volleyball – Became only the second sophomore in UW history to surpass 2,000 career assists. She has 2,518 after recording 1,178 this year. Averaged 11.9 assists per game. Was also sixth on the team with 89 kills (0.90 per game), and third with a .270 hitting percentage. Fourth on the team with 1.92 digs per game. Third on the team with 99 total blocks and 94 block assists. She was sixth in the Big Ten in conference games with 10.98 assists per game.

Jocelyn Wack, sophomore libero, volleyball – Broke her own school record for digs in conference play with 378 (she had 374 as a freshman). Also broke her own school records with 595 digs in a single season and 5.17 digs-per-game. She was sixth in the Big Ten in conference games with 5.11 digs per game.



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