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Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes

A trio of Bulldogs were recognized as the Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes by the Truman Athletics Department  following the 2013-14 school year. Kelsey Bollman (softball), Casey Jepsen (women’s swimming) and Mike Carlson (men’s basketball) are this year’s recipients.

Bollman finished her Truman career as a four-time all-conference member and is listed in the top five of several softball offensive stat categories. She broke the school record with 58 career doubles while placing fourth in runs scored (140), hits (233), home runs (22) and RBIs (124) in her 200 games played. Bollman and the Bulldogs finished the 2014 season with 43-13 record and made their first trip in nine years to the NCAA national tournament.

Women’s swimmer Casey Jepsen earned three All-America honors this past March and capped off her Bulldog career with a total of nine All-America certificates. She finished 10th nationally in the 200 freestyle and was 11th in the 500 free. Jepsen had a runner-up finish at the GLVC championships in the 200 and was third in the 100 while helping the Bulldogs to a second place finish in the overall conference standings.

Men’s basketball player Mike Carlson was named the sixth All-American in program history and earned Great Lakes Valley Conference co-Player of the Year honors while leading the men to 20-7 overall record and 13-5 GLVC mark. He averaged 21.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a senior and shot 54.4 percent from the floor. He scored 575 points this season, marking the second-highest single-season total in Truman history, and finished his three seasons as a Bulldog ranked eighth in career points with 1,326 total in 82 career games (16.2 per game). Carlson scored a career- and program- single-game high 48 points against Missouri S&T on Jan. 30, 2014.

Program Leads to Increased Donations

TeamTrumanAlumni and friends can support their favorite Bulldog teams, even if they cannot make it to the games. The Athletics Challenge, implemented in 2012-2013 and overseen by the Office of Advancement, rewards teams for generating donations for their respective sports. Teams compete to see which one can attain the largest percent increase in donations and total number of donors. Winning teams earn an additional $1,000 for their program.

Football took home the first award for increase in the number of donors, while women’s golf had the largest increase in dollars. Eight of Truman’s varsity teams had significant increases in support last year thanks to the Athletics Challenge, and the Athletics Department in general saw a 25 percent increase in support.

There is still time to support a Bulldog team in the 2013-2014 Athletics Challenge. Gifts received by June 30, 2014, will count towards the current competition. For details on the program, or to make a donation, visit or call (660) 785-4133.