Truman women’s swimming returned to the NCAA Division II championships after a one-year hiatus, and both squads performed well at the first Great Lakes Valley Conference postseason event to highlight the 2013-14 season in the pool.
After competing from early October through January in duals as well as the Northwestern TYR Cup, Bulldog swimming headed to Crawfordsville, Ind., for the first GLVC championship event. Highlighted by freshman Evyn Spencer’s 100 fly finish on night three, the Bulldog women took home second place in the seven-team event, while the Bulldog men earned sixth. Freshman Neil Girmus set a new school record in the 200 breast, shattering the old program record by .50 seconds.
Four women were selected to compete at the 2014 NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships, hosted in Geneva, Ohio, from March 12-15. Senior Casey Jepsen added three All-America honors to close her career with nine total, while Spencer, Kristi Van Oost and Brynn Guardado also picked up All-America accolades as part of the 800 free relay and 100 fly (Spencer).
Head coach Ed Pretre’s squad will begin the 2014-15 season in October.
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.