St. Thomas had four of the eight winter-sport recipients of Elite 22 Awards from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). The annual winter honors were announced Wednesday.
Freshmen or first-year transfers are not eligible for the honor. The award goes to one student in each gender at MIAC championship meets -- for this season in swim-dive or track and field -- that receive All-MIAC distinction and have the best grade-point average. The award also goes to the student-athlete with the top gpa in the playoff championship games held in basketball and hockey per gender.
In the award's five-year history, St. Thomas student-athletes have been recognized 37 times of the 104 honors issued. No other conference institution has been honored more than 13 times.
2017-18 Tommie Winter Honorees
- Women's Swim-Dive: Senior Nicole Herrli (3.98 gpa in Microbiology)... five-time MIAC champion, helped team win conference team championship each of the last three three seasons... won the 200 breaststroke at the conference meet for the third year in a row, won the 200 IM, and set a school record in the 400 IM with an MIAC runner-up finish... Rochester, Minn.
- Men's Swim-Dive: Sophomore Joe Herrli (4.00 gpa in Microbiology)... helped team win MIAC team championship each of his two seasons... took third in the 100 back and sixth in the 200 IM... Rochester, Minn.
- Men's Indoor Track and Field: Sophomore Karl Wachter (4.00 gpa, Mechanical Engineering)... scored in two individual events at the conference indoor meet to help team win team crown; named All-Region and All-MIAC in both cross country and indoor track and was team's No. 1 CC runner... ranked in top four in MIAC in both the mile and 1000 and ranked in top 60 in Division III in the distance medley relay and the mile... Shakopee, Minn.
- Women's Basketball: Sophomore Elsa Anderson (3.87 gpa, Accounting)... team swept MIAC regular-season and playoff championships with 20-0 record for second year in a row... team 27-2 and ranked No. 6 nationally, alive in Sweet 16 round of NCAA playoffs... has scored in double figures in five games this season, and had 15 points and nine rebounds in MIAC playoff semifinal win over St. Mary's... has converted 40 of 42 free throws this season (.952)... Des Moines, Iowa.