ELMHURST, Ill. – The nine-team, nine-uniform, Summit Uni Madness competition officially kicks off with the first head-to-head matchup, featuring the No. 8 seed Western Illinois (softball) vs. No. 9 North Dakota State (track and field). Decide who will advance to the quarterfinal round by voting HERE, now through Thursday, June 22.
Results of the WIU vs NDSU matchup will be announced Friday, June 23. The winner will advance to meet top-seeded IUPUI (women's soccer) beginning July 17.
Western Illinois' softball uniform was chosen with 31.12 percent of the school's votes, narrowing edging its baseball entry. North Dakota State's track and field uniform, the sport's lone representation in the final field, captured 29.33 percent of the school's vote in a close competition between the four Bison entries.
Summit League Uni Madness is a bracketed competition to determine the league's "hottest" summer look. Each league member nominated four uniforms with the one receiving the highest vote in the school voting round advancing as that institution's representative in the final nine-team field. Quarterfinal rounds begin June 26 with semifinals commencing July 24 and the championship scheduled for the week of Aug. 7.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.