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Schmidt Named to Academic All-District Team
Tapkas Adds ECAC Honor

Junior Amy Schmidt of the Muhlenberg women’s tennis team has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II College Division At-Large second team.

District II College Division consists of all NCAA Division II, NCAA Amy Schmidt Division III and NAIA colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be nominated for the at-large team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on her team in the sport of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis or water polo.

A double major in biology and Spanish, Schmidt had a combined record of 36-5 playing No. 1 singles and doubles for the Mules in 2005. She was named Centennial Conference player of the year and became the first Muhlenberg tennis player invited to the NCAA Championships, where she reached the Round of 16 before falling to the eventual national champion. Schmidt also led the Mule team to its first NCAA bid and a school-record-tying 12 wins.

Also an All-CC midfielder on the Muhlenberg soccer team, Schmidt has a three-year combined record of 91-18, including a 49-6 singles mark.

Junior Courtney Tapkas of the Muhlenberg women’s lacrosse team was chosen to the ECAC Division III South All-Star Team. The Mules’ all-time scoring leader was previously tabbed for the All-CC first team and All-Metro Region second team.

Hackett Earns Coaching Honor

Muhlenberg senior John Brodowski is in fourth place after the first half of the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Wartburg.

Brodowski has 3,583 points, near the top of a tight pack in which the NCAA track athletes in third through 13th are separated by only 153 points.

The highlight of Brodowski’s first day was his long jump of 22-7, which tied the oldest school record in the book. Ben Hubbard set the mark in 1916 and held it by himself for nearly 90 years. Brodowski missed tying the mark by one inch at the Centennial Conference Championships.

The long jump gave Brodowski his highest finish (third) and his most points (785), but he also did well in the other events, setting an overall personal best in the 400 meters (51.42) and decathlon personal bests in the 100 meters (11.40) and shot put (36-9¾).

The second day of the decathlon includes two events that Brodowski won at the CC Championships, the 110 hurdles and the javelin.

Prior to the start of the meet, Muhlenberg’s Brad Hackett was named Mideast Regional women’s coach of the year by the United States Track Coaches Association.

Hackett coached the Mules to their first CC championship in 2005. The women’s team broke or tied 16 school records during the outdoor season and had five members qualify provisionally for the NCAA Championships.

One of those qualifiers, junior Danielle Seiler, finished sixth in her heat and 14th overall in the 400 hurdles.

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Last updated May 26, 2005