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February 2013

  • The St. Ambrose women's basketball squad will open Midwest Collegiate Conference post-season tournament play Thursday as the No. 3 seed. They will host Clarke at 7 p.m. at Lee Lohman Arena. The Queen Bees finished the regular season with a 22-6 record and were 8-4 in MCC play. St. Ambrose swept Clarke in two regular-season meetings.
  • The men's basketball team will open the postseason on the road at Clarke in Dubuque at 7 p.m. tonight. The Bees finished 9-19 overall and were sixth in the conference at 3-9. The men split a pair with Clarke this year.
  • The men's and women's bowling squads will learn their Intercollegiate Team Bowling Championships sectional assignments today. The men won the first conference title in SAU bowling history on Feb. 10 in Dubuque, Iowa. A week later, the men's squad logged a top 10 finish in the 77-team Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis. They will enter the postseason with a No. 7 ranking in the Bowling Coaches Association poll. Freshman Joe Kopera was MCC Newcomer of the Year and was joined by sophomore Kyle Anderson on the all-league team.
  • The women bowlers finished second in the MCC meet and freshman Becca Czlapinski was voted MCC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. She was joined on the all-league team by junior Maggie Suchoski.
  • The men's and women's indoor track squads both won conference titles with senior distance standout John Darmody winning men's track athlete of the year, sophomore Jaclyn Scavuzzo winning women's field athlete of the year and coach Dan Tomlin winning coach of the year accord for both men and women. Darmody finished his career with 12 individual MCC title wins. The Bees won 17 events.
  • Seven individuals and a pair of relay squads will represent the Bees track and field squads at the national indoor championships Feb. 28-March 2 in Geneva, Ohio.  Competing are the women's 4x8 relay of freshmen Courtney Camp, Kate Groenhagen and Megan Byrne and junior Katie Beckett; the men's 4x8 relay of junior Aubrey Barnes, sophomores Dean Knieps and Nick Gentzler and Darmody; freshman women's longer jumper Trineisha Gray; junior men's high jumper Kaz Johnson; freshman men's 600 meters runner Jim Warren; junior women's triple jumper Naomi Patmchak; senior men's shot putter Wes Vaden; freshman men's triple jumper Robert Cole; and Darmody in the mile. 
  • The St. Ambrose Dance squad will defend its NAIA Large Dance national championship April 10-14 in Daytona Beach, Fla., after earning a silver bid at the Feb. 2 regionals. Juniors Heather Sturtz and Miranda McKenna and sophomore Rachel Kaczinski were named collegiate All-Americans.
  • One of the St. Ambrose Varsity Competitive Cheerleading teams will compete in the National Championships in Daytona Beach as well. This is the cheerleading squad's third straight appearance. The past two years, they placed fourth  at Nationals in Small Coed. This year, they will be competing All-Girl after winning the Gold bid to Nationals. Junior Miranda McKenna won All-American honors at the regional meet.

Read about how former Queen Bees coach helped an Iowa All-American's sister choose St. Ambrose

Watch St. Ambrose sophomore Nick Frazier beat the buzzer with a tip-in on this SAUtv replay


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