The 2006 national champion men’s golf program was once again exceptionally strong in 2012. The team won five events and finished in the top three 11 times. The team finished second at the GPAC Championships in Yankton, S.D., falling short of the conference crown for just the third time since 1998. First-year student Drew Taylor of Omaha, Neb., cracked the top 20 finishing 17th at the NCAA Div. III National Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
NWU finished their 2012 campaign 20-22 overall and 12-8 in the GPAC. Leading the Prairie Wolves in nearly every batting statistic was Alex Heideman of Lincoln. The junior outfielder hit .391; led the team in doubles (12), triples (7) and homeruns (5); and was named the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Player of the Year. Beau Kelly of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Josh Ostrom of Fremont, Neb., joined Heideman on the AD3I first team with five other Prairie Wolves making the second team.
An ascendant Nebraska Wesleyan softball program took a step backwards in 2012, finishing the season 15-21 overall and 9-11 in conference play. Three proved to be the magic number for the Prairie Wolves, who were 15-4 in games where they scored three or more runs, and winless when scoring fewer than three. NWU returns its biggest offensive threat in sophomore Becky Bomberger of Crete, Neb. Bomberger hit .383 and led the team in hits (44), doubles (9), triples (3) and homeruns (5). The softball team produced two Capital One Academic All-Americans in Dani Bryant of Lincoln and Megan Tieken of Omaha, Neb.
NWU women continued to be flawless in GPAC tennis play, finishing as conference champions with a 7-0 record. The women haven’t lost a conference match since
May 1, 2010. The men will look for some of that magic to rub off next year as they finished 4-16 overall and 2-4 in GPAC play. Senior Nate Hoppe of Lincoln capped his career with All-GPAC performances in singles and doubles. His all-conference doubles partner was Ryan McCarty of Grand Island, Neb. Meanwhile, five NWU women earned All-GPAC slots: Molly Andrews, Erica Dickmeyer, Hannah Husmann, Nicole Jacobson and Terah Maloley.
Outdoor track and field
A team victory with eight event wins at the Prairie Wolves Invite and a second place finish at the GPAC Championships at NWU’s Greeno Track were highlights of the men’s season. NWU was especially strong in the distance events. NWU took first through third in the 10,000; first, second and fifth through eighth in the 5,000; and second and third in the steeplechase. Meanwhile, the women won GPAC crowns in the discus, javelin, 10,000 and 5,000 to finish fourth as a team.