WINTER SPORTS WRAPS
Basketball Teams Build Foundations for the Future
The Rose-Hulman menís and womenís basketball
programs went through a youth movement during the 2002-03 season, laying the
groundwork for success in future years.
The menís basketball team finished 9-16 and
qualified for the inaugural Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament
held in Memphis. Senior Jon Query led the team in scoring at 13.0 points per
game, capped by a career-high 34 points in his final college game. Sophomore
Philip Griffith contributed 12.4 points per game, while freshman Munchie
Muskeyvalley added 8.9 points per game and had a team-high 92 assists on the
The women compiled a 3-22 record, highlighted
by an 80-20 victory over CalTech at Hulbert Arena. Freshman Anna Hall led the
squad in scoring (14.3 points per game) and rebounding (6.5), while fellow
freshman Karyn Kost averaged 8.0 points per game.
Rifle Team Nationally Ranked Again
Rose-Hulman rifle team finished the 2002-03 season ranked 21st nationally among
NCAA Division I, II and III colleges after its effort at the National Rifle
Association Qualifying Sectional at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Rose-Hulman shot a team score of 5,979 to rank in the top 25 for the
seventh consecutive year. That score placed third among NCAA Division III rifle
programs. Only the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (15th) and Norwich University
(17th) finished above the Engineers among Division III institutions.
Swimming Team Sets Records at SCAC Meet; Matt Smith Wins
The Rose-Hulman swimming team enjoyed a breakthrough
season in 2003, highlighted by a national championship in the 100-yard
breaststroke by senior Matt Smith (See page 17 for a feature about Smith.)
The Engineers set five school records,
swam four NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying times, and won
the first relay conference championship in school history to place fourth in the
menís SCAC competition. The womenís squad placed seventh in the meet.
Smith won three individual SCAC titles and
combined with junior David Breiding, junior Ryan Mackos and senior Phil Isom to
win the 200-yard individual medley relay championship. Breiding earned three
all-conference honors for Rose-Hulman.
Pair of Wrestlers Earn Top-Five Finishes at NCAA
Freshman Tom Aigner and junior Collin Wyse compiled 2-2
records to place fourth and fifth in their respective weight classes and lead
Rose-Hulman's efforts at the 2003 NCAA Division III Midwest Wrestling Regional.
Aigner finished fourth in the 197-pound division, while Wyse placed
fifth at 165 pounds as the Engineers finished 11th in the 12-team regional.
NAMED AS FOURTH HEAD WOMENíS BASKETBALL COACH
Tony Hill has been named the fourth head
womenís basketball coach in the history of Rose-Hulman Institute of
Hill has served as the womenís basketball and softball coach at Lincoln
Trail College in Robinson, Ill., for the past two seasons. His basketball teams
finished 19-11 in 2002 and 2003 to establish single-season school records for
victories. Lincoln Trail also enjoyed its two best conference finishes in school
history and defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the first time.
In the classroom, Hillís squads earned a cumulative grade point average of
more than 3.0, highlighted by the first Academic All-American in school history.
Prior to his stint at Lincoln Trail, Hill served as the athletic director
of the Bloomfield School District from 1999-2001 after having a similar stint at
Eastern (Greene) from 1997-99. His responsibilities included educating staff,
hiring personnel, scheduling games and officials, confirming eligibility,
budgeting and fund raising.
Previously, Hill was the recruiter and assistant basketball coach at
Sullivan College (Ky.) from 1996-97; a teacher and girls basketball coach at
Louisville, Ky., high schools from 1994-96; and a teacher and boys basketball
coach at Butler County High School in Morgantown, Ky., from 1991-93.
The Solsberry native received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana
University in 1991, and is currently working on a masterís program in secondary
education at IU.
Hill follows Wanda Schwartz (1995-97), Brenda Davis (1997-2000) and Jody
Prete (2000-02) as head womenís basketball coach at Rose-Hulman.