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Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 4–  The Cobber women’s soccer team turned a year of question marks into another deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Concordia entered the season having to replace 10 seniors, three All-Region performers and a two-time All-American.
Kelsey Swagger
While the rest of the MIAC was waiting for the Cobbers to come back to reality, Dan Weiler’s new-look CC team extended their stay at the top of the MIAC and then went all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Concordia started the season by going unbeaten in their first seven games and then proceeded to finish the MIAC regular season with a 7-1-3 record. The Cobbers wound up third in the conference standings and then won their conference semifinal game against Carleton.

Despite losing in the MIAC championship game at St. Ben’s, Concordia earned their second straight, and fifth overall, trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Cobbers opened the national tournament in California by beating Puget Sound in penalty kicks. CC then downed UC-Santa Cruz 2-1 in overtime to garner their second trip to the Sweet 16 in the past three seasons.

The Cobbers flew from coast to coast to take on SUNY-Cortland in the third round of the NCAA Tourney. It took a “career” shot to knock CC out of the tourney but the deep run in the playoffs set the stage for the Cobber women’s soccer tradition to carry on for years to come.

Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 5–  If there was a women’s track and field record or award to be won in the spring, junior Kaari Jensen probably earned it. Jensen stepped into the spotlight at the end of the indoor track and field season and then took center stage for the entire season as she earned Academic All-American and All-American honors in May.
Kaari Jensen
Jensen had an amazing junior season in track and field. She started the year by competing at the NCAA National Indoor track and Field Meet and finished it by earning All-American honors at the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Meet as well as Capital One Academic All-American honors. Along the way she broke both the MIAC, and Concordia, record in the heptathlon and won the MIAC heptathlon and javelin competitions. She also posted top 10 finishes at the MIAC Meet in the 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump.

Besides her All-American honor, Jensen also earned the MIAC Most Outstanding Performance of the Meet award and was recently named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Central Region Field Athlete of the Year. Jensen also earned Capital One Academic All-District honors earlier in the month.

Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 6–  The Cobber wrestling program continued their trend of individual and team success in 2012. Led by head coaches Clay and Matt Nagel, Concordia had four more wrestlers earn a trip to the NCAA National Meet and two athletes earned All-American status.
Ben Presler
Senior Ben Presler and junior Nathan Schmitz carried on the unbelievable string of All-American wrestlers for the Cobbers. Concordia has now had nine athletes earn All-American honors in the past five years. Presler and Schmitz also helped CC earn 27.5 teams points and finish in 13th place. It marks the third straight season that the Cobbers have finished in the top 15 of the nation.

Presler, who was unseeded entering the national meet, went 4-2 at 125 to earn his first All-American award. He started the tournament by dominating No.8-ranked Stephen Hinton. Presler posted a 17-0 technical fall to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. He then lost a tough 9-6 decision to No.1-ranked Nathan Fitzenreider of North Central.

Schmitz, like Presler, went 4-2 at the NCAA Meet. He also won his first match, lost the second and then made a run in the wrestlebacks to earn his first All-American honor. Schmitz, seeded sixth at 197, beat Reid Mosqueara of Johns Hopkins 5-2 in the opener. He then lost the closest match of the tournament by any CC wrestler when he lost 5-4 in an instant classic to No.3-ranked Dustin Baxter of St. John’s.

Ben Presler and Nathan Schmitz Earn All-American Honors

 

Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 7–  The No.7 top story of 2011 showcases the talents of one of the best football players to don the maroon and Michael Dunhamgold in the past several years. Michael Dunham turned his senior season into a one-man assault on the Cobber career passing records. When the leaves had settled and the snow began to fall, Dunham broke the Concordia records for career passing yards, career pass completions, career pass completion percentage, career passing yards per game and career pass attempts.

Dunham finished his storied career by throwing for 5,235 yards and completed 443 passes. He had a career passing percentage of 60.9% and averaged 193.9 passing yards per game in his four seasons of play.

Dunham also helped the Cobbers on the ground during the 2011-12 season. He was second on the team in carries and net yards gained. For his career he ran for over 600 yards and carried the ball 218 times.

Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 8–  Cobber senior men’s cross country standout Tom Sederquist capped his tremendous career by earning his second straight NCAA Championship Meet berth. Sederquist finished in the top 5 at the MIAC Meet foTom Sederquistr the second consecutive season and went on to earn Capital One Academic All-District honors for the second straight year.

Sederquist had two tremendous cross country seasons. He qualified for the NCAA National Meet in both his junior and senior seasons. He finished in the top 40 at the NCAA Meet which was the highest finish by a Cobber runner since 1979.

Sederquist also earned MIAC All-Conference honors for two consecutive seasons. He placed fifth at this year’s meet marking his second straight top 5 finish. Sederquist won three different multi-team invitationals in 2011 and was named the MIAC Athlete of the Week on Oct. 10 – the fifth time in his career that he earned the award.

Tom Sederquist Competes At NCAA Meet

Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 9–  Cobber senior women’s hockey player Katelyn Dold helped Concordia earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth and in the process became the first player in program history to earn All-American honors.
Katelyn Dold
Dold led the Cobbers in scoring in 2011-12. She finished the year with 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points. Dold was a part of the Concordia team that finished in second place in the MIAC regular-season standings and then advanced to the MIAC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history.

In addition to her All-American honors, Dold was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team for the third consecutive season. She finished the league season with seven goals and 14 assists for 21 total points. She was tied for third in overall points and third in assists. Dold’s 21 conference points marks the third straight season she has recorded at least 20 points in MIAC play. Dold had at least one point in all but five conference games.

Dold finished her career with 59 goals and 63 assists for 122 points. She is second on the school’s all-time goal and assist lists and is third on the program’s all-time scoring chart. Dold is one of only three players in the history of Concordia women’s hockey to surpass the 100-point milestone for a career.

Katelyn Dold Named All-American

Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 10– The Cobber men’s golf teamed capped an outstanding season by being ranked in the top 25 of the nation. Concordia was ranked 24th in the Mar. 21 rankings period which marked the first time in program history that the Cobbers had been ranked in the top 25 of the official coaches’ poll.
Men's Golf
Concordia earned the national ranking by winning the prestigious Twin Cities Classic in October. The Cobbers bested a field of 19 regional teams to earn the team honors. It was the first time that Concordia had ever captured the championship at the meet.

The Cobbers wound up winning four different meets during the 2011-12 season, finished in second place in two other competitions and placed in the top 5 in eight of the 10 overall meets during the year.

Senior Pat Deitz and freshman Coy Papachek led the way for Concordia. Both golfers finished the year by earning All-Region honors. Papachek also earned Central Region Freshman of the Year honors. Deitz led the Cobbers in scoring with a 75.4 average. He shot even par or better on five occasions during the year and placed in the top 5 in four different events. Deitz earned MIAC All-Conference honors for the second straight season after finishing in a tie for 10th at this year’s tournament. He was named the MIAC Golfer of the Week on two occasions during the year and was the medalist at both of the St. John’s tournament in the fall and spring. Papachek had an outstanding freshman season as he won two multiple-team invitationals including the highly competitive Twin Cites Classic in the fall.

Cobber Men’s Golf Twin Cities Classic Recap

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