AthleticsMuskies Receive Accolades
Muskingum University student-athletes and coaches recently received well-deserved athletic and academic accolades from the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) and from regional and national sports associations, with a number of athletic performances setting new school records.
Archery: Head Coach Craig Holycross was named USA Archery North Region Collegiate Coach of the Year. This is the second straight year he has received this prestigious award. Kayd Lacroix ’24 was named to the 2023 Fixed Pins USA Archery All-American Academic Team. He is Muskingum’s second All-American archer in program history. Kylee Brookover ’26 placed first in the compound women’s event at the USA Archery Collegiate Target Regionals. Kylee and Gracie Pedersen ’25 were both named to the Female All-Region Compound Team.
Baseball: Weston Melick ’25, Tobie Teke ’25, and Sam Palmieri ’26 received All-OAC Honors, and Weston was also named an OAC Baseball Hitter of the Week. Weston, along with Liam Carey ’24, Wyatt Reeder ’24, Brock Pfister ’25, and Travis Reynolds ’25 were named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team.
Men’s Basketball: Landen Russell ’25 and Ethan Taylor ’25 were named to the Academic All-OAC Honor Roll.
Women’s Basketball: The women’s basketball team ended the 2022-2023 season ranked first in free-throw shooting percentage for all NCAA Division III women’s basketball programs with a .789 accuracy. Their mark also set a new Muskingum record. Kenzie Bicking ’25, Caitlyn DeMassimo ’25, and Halle Morehead ’25 were named to the Academic All-OAC Honor Roll. Caitlyn also received All-OAC Second Team accolades and was twice named OAC Player of the Week. The College Sports Communicators named Caitlyn and Halle to the CSC Academic All-District Team.
Men’s Bowling: The National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) named Andrew Amore ’24 and Connor Collins ’26 Academic All-Americans. The Ohio Bowling Conference (OBC) named Andrew and Connor along with Logan Karl ’24 and James McConnaughey ’24 to the Academic All-OBC Honor Roll.
Women’s Bowling: The National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) named Gretchen Cogan ’25, Hannah Crowe ’24, Kaylee Hauck ’25, Kelsey Wilson ’25, and Haleigh Wallace ’26 as Academic All-Americans. The Ohio Bowling Conference (OBC) named Gretchen, Hannah, Kaylee, Kelsey, and Haleigh, along with Anne Alexsonshk ’25, Emily Medecke ’26, and Hailey Yingst ’25 to the Academic All-OBC Honor Roll.
Men’s Golf: Cameron Henry ’24 and Nick Congrove ’24 earned All-OAC honors at the OAC Men’s Golf Championship. Cameron tied for first place and also set a new Muskingum program record for season scoring average.
Women’s Golf: Allison Jurkovic ’24 and Katelyn Hines ’26 claimed All-OAC honors at the OAC Women’s Golf Championship.
Men’s Indoor Track and Field: Tristan Makowski ’23 finished third in Shot Put at the OAC Indoor Championships, earning All-OAC Honors. At the All-Ohio meet, Tristan and Noah Mitchell ’26 earned All-Ohio Accolades for Shot Put and Triple Jump respectively.
Women’s Indoor Track and Field: Graduate Senior Macy McAdams captured first place at the OAC Indoor Championships, earning All-OAC accolades and setting a new school record for the 5,000-meter run. At the All-Ohio Meet, she finished first in the 3,000-meter run and set a new school record, collecting All-Ohio honors. She was also named OAC Player of the Week for her first-place finish in the 3,000-meter run at the historic Muskie Meet, the first-ever indoor track and field event hosted on Muskingum’s campus.
Men’s Lacrosse: Trevor Connolly ’24 and Spencer Zecchini ’24 were named to the All-OAC Honorable Mention list. Their achievements mark the first time in program history the Muskies have had two All-OAC selections in the same season. Spencer and Trevor were also named OAC Men’s Lacrosse Players of the Week. Spencer holds the Muskingum program records for all-time career goals, most points in a season, and most goals in a season.
Women’s Lacrosse: Riley Hudock ’25 was named to the All-OAC Second Team. She is the first women’s lacrosse player in the Muskingum’s program history to earn All-OAC accolades in back-to-back seasons. Kyleigh Dahlgren ’26 was named OAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.
Softball: Claire Guilliams ’23 and Haley Hawk ’23 were named to the All-OAC First Team and Sarah Piteo ’23, Hannah Smith ’23, and Cara Taylor ’26 earned All-OAC Honorable Mention accolades. Claire, Haley, Hannah, Sarah, and Madelyn Thomas ’24 were named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team. Sarah was named an OAC Hitter of the week and Madelyn was named an OAC Pitcher of the Week. Hannah was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association 2023 Tucci/NFCA Division III Player and Pitcher of the Year Watchlist.
Wrestling: Gavin Greer ’26 was named to the 2023 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Scholar All-American team.
Congratulations to all and Go Muskies!