BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University women won the annual Ohio Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the first time since the 2005-2006 academic year and the men finished third, the conference office announced today (Monday, May 16, 2011). Overall, it was another great year for Yellow Jacket athletics.
The BW women claimed the title with 77.5 points, edging out four-time defending champion Ohio Northern University by 2.25 points. The all-sports title for the BW women was their OAC-record 14th overall since 1991-92, which included five straight from 1991-1992 through 1995-1996 and an OAC-record eight in a row from 1998-1999 through 2005-2006. The all sports trophy standings are determined by your finish in each OAC-sponsored sport (21 total) The Yellow Jacket men finished third with 60.75 points.
“Baldwin Wallace University is extremely proud of its total athletics program and the hard work that its student-athletes, coaches, administrators and faculty and staff put forth in 2010-11,” said Director of Athletics Kris A. Diaz. “Each young man and woman who participated in athletics put forth strong effort and we are so proud of each and every one."
“We are especially proud of our women’s teams that won one OAC regular season and three OAC Tournament titles and their capturing the OAC All-Sports Trophy,” said Diaz. “Our goal this year was to bring that trophy, as well as the men’s, back to Berea. While we are pleased to bring home one trophy, we know that there is still work to do to bring them both home next year."
Overall, the 21-sport BW athletic program compiled a very impressive 632-276-10 overall record with a fine .694 winning percentage. The fall teams were 203-113-9 (.638), the winter teams were 133-53-1 (.714) and the spring teams were 296-110 (.729). Overall, 16-of-21 teams had winning records, two compiled even-.500 slates and just three had a losing mark.
“When you look at the successes we had this year, both academically and athletically, we are quite pleased,” said Diaz. “We want to thank our senior student-athletes for their exceptional leadership, and we invite our younger student-athletes to continue to make that same commitment to excellence. We have some very exciting, young teams, and we are looking forward to another great year in 2010-11.”
The women’s indoor track and field team was 45-0 record, won five meet titles, including its 19th OAC crown and finished tied for 24th at the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet. The golf team was 83-18 during the combined fall and spring regular seasons, also won five tournament titles, including the OAC title and placed 15th the NCAA Div. III national tourney with a lineup that consisted of three freshmen and two sophomores. The women’s tennis team finished 18-8 overall, captured its fifth OAC women’s tennis crown, including its fourth in the past five years and second in a row. The women also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years. The softball team finished a school-record-tying 28-11 overall, won its first-ever OAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Div. III tourney for the first time since 1992 with a team that at times started six freshmen.
In addition, the BW women received a championship runner-up finish in cross country and outdoor track & field and a second place regular season finish in women’s basketball.
The men were led by a second-place championship finish in outdoor track & field, a third place in football and swimming & diving, and fourth place finishes in tennis, cross country, indoor track & field and wrestling.