Otterbein Athletics Ends Spring Season with National Competitions
Posted Jun 13, 2023
It was yet another exciting, hectic and productive spring for Otterbein Athletics, which launched in mid-February and arrived at its conclusion during the last weekend of May on the national scene.
Among the notable highlights across the last few months:
- Four programs made a return to the NCAA Championships – track and field, both golf teams, and women’s tennis.
- Otterbein led the way with 79 individual athletes qualifying for the Academic All-OAC list, falling just short of our record (87) set back in the spring of 2020.
- Women’s Golf dominated the OAC Championships (by 38 shots) and then recorded another Top-20 finish nationally. Freshman Becky Williams led the way in 29th place out of 151 total players.
- Women’s Tennis swept through the league schedule undefeated once more, going 7-0 en route to sweeping the regular season and tournament titles. Erin Storrer is now 3x OAC Player of the Year.
- Graduate student Brandon Wall, also OAC Player of the Year, became the first Otterbein tennis player (either side) in 19 years to earn Academic All-America honors. The Australian standout held a near-perfect 3.98 GPA as an undergrad and is now pursing his master’s degree in allied health.
- Men’s Golf regained its spot stop the conference throne with a 25-shot victory over Capital at the OAC championships. The Cards got back to nationals for the sixth time in seven tries, with senior Sam Lahmon resting T-51 in the field of 221.
- Senior Emily Willms became the all-time leading scorer for Women’s Lacrosse and ends her decorated career with 227 points. She was also voted OAC Midfielder of the Year.
- Track and Field nearly brought home three All-American awards at the NCAA championships in New York, but had to narrowly settle for just one as pole vaulter Peyton Proffitt notched a second Top-5 finish. Cal Yackin (1500 meters) missed the podium by a half-second while Emma Klosterman (high jump) settled for ninth after tiebreakers.
- Baseball won 27 games for the second year in a row as head coach George Powell (582) inches closer to the 600-win milestone. Seven players landed All-OAC honors, with shortstop Brayden Quincel and second baseman Noah Sprowls going on to earn second team All-Region.
- Longtime coach/administrator Connie Richardson served her final semester in the department before calling it a career, which has seen many contributions over the last 32 years. She ranks fourth all-time in OAC women’s basketball history for most victories (382) and spent the last four years as interim/associate athletic director. Everyone at Otterbein will miss her!