June 29, 2012
2011-12 Year in Review
THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
- Celebrated its 30th Anniversary season, which included naming a
list of Top 30 Distinguished Contributors.
- Won four NCAA Championships, nearly doubling its total entering
- Two student-athletes won individual NCAA statistical
- IUPUI’s Chen Ni and Southern Utah’s Cameron Levins
became the league’s second and third two-time NCAA
- Set record for basketball tournament attendance (40,290).
- All 14 men’s and women’s basketball tournament
games aired live on national cable television (Fox College
- Launched new and improved website through PrestoSports.
- Produced 10 Academic All-Americans and 23 Academic All-District
- An all-time high 15 teams received Academic Progress Rate (APR)
Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.
- Twelve teams posted perfect APR scores.
- The Summit League’s 10 members combined to raise over 73,290 lbs. in the “Food Fight” initiative, a 46 percent increase over last year’s total. Southern Utah claimed 2011-12 title with 23,200 lbs., more than doubling last year’s winning amount.
- Oral Roberts won its 15th consecutive Summit League
Championship, the second-longest streak in NCAA baseball
- Completed the most competitive championship tournament in
history with seven games decided by a combined 10 runs, including
five one-run decisions and two extra-inning contests.
- ORU was the only team to upset a national seed in the first
round of NCAA Regionals. The win over No. 4 Baylor marked the
highest-ranked team defeated by the Golden Eagles in program
- Defeated four nationally-ranked teams during the season (Oral
Roberts def. No. 4 Baylor and No. 12 Cal State Fullerton; North
Dakota State def. No. 5 Arizona; Western Illinois def. No. 8
- Featured two first team Academic All-Americans (NDSU’s
Tim Colwell and Zach Wentz) and a pair of Lowe’s Senior CLASS
- Oral Roberts’ Jose Trevino and Southern Utah’s
Kevin Kline were named Freshman All-Americans.
- Five Summit League players were selected in June’s MLB Amateur Draft.
BASKETBALL – MEN’S
- All-time best final RPI ranking (No. 16), peaking as high as
No. 11 mid-season.
- Recorded the highest home attendance in league history
- Sent most teams (five) to postseason play in league
- Saw its first team win three games in a national postseason
tournament (Oakland in the CIT).
- One of only two leagues with multiple participating teams to
post perfect records in nationally-televised BracketBuster
- Posted a winning percentage of .500 or better against 15 of the
17 mid-major conferences.
- Most season victories and highest winning percentage against
both Division I and all non-league competition on record.
- Record two teams among the top 19 in the season’s final
Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
- Boasted the NCAA’s active career scoring leader
(IUPUI’s Alex Young) and The Summit League’s first NCAA
scoring champion (Oakland’s Reggie Hamilton).
- National-best three Lou Henson Award (Mid-Major Player of the
- Record four first team NABC All-District selections.
- Most Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America
selections in nearly two decades.
- Three Academic All-District honorees, most on record.
- One Division I-AAA Athletics Director Association Scholar-Athlete Team selection.
BASKETBALL – WOMEN’S
- Highest ranking (No. 19) in the Collegiate Basketball
News RPI since the 2005-06 season and the fifth-highest in
- Led nation in home court winning percentage for league games
- Record women’s tournament attendance (17,867) and
quarterfinal session attendance (5,933).
- National leader in steals per game (Oral Roberts).
- Set a league-record for most teams (four) in postseason
- Sent record three teams to the WNIT.
- Held a winning record against 11 different conferences
- Record three teams received votes in the final
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll.
- South Dakota State set a record with its fourth consecutive
- ORU’s Kevi Luper became league’s all-time scoring
leader and first three-time Player of the Year.
- Luper was the only NCAA player ranked in top-5 for points per
game (2nd) and steals per game (5th).
- ORU’s Luper was named to the 2011 USA Basketball Pan
American Games Team.
- Record two Capital One Academic All-Americans.
- Two student-athletes named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Director Association Scholar-Athlete Team.
- Southern Utah’s Cameron Levins earned All-American
selection after finishing fourth at the NCAA Championship, The
Summit League’s second-highest finish and best since
- Five runners (three men and two women) earned USTFCCCA
- UMKC’s Cosmas Ayabei and Southern Utah’s Diana
Medina-Mitchell were named USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees.
- Nine teams (six women, three men) were named to USTFCCCA
- Five teams (three men, two women) finished among the top-15 in
their region in the USTFCCCA poll.
- Levins won his second consecutive Canadian Cross Country
- Three runners finished among the nation’s top 80.
- North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson was one of five
amateurs selected to play for Team USA in the Curtis Cup and World
University Golf Championships.
- Anderson won the National Golf Coaches Association’s
Dinah Shore Trophy and earned her third-straight at-large berth
into the NCAA Tournament.
- IUPUI’s men won a school record seven tournament
- Oral Roberts won its 15th-consecutive Summit League Women’s Golf Championship.
SOCCER – MEN’S
- IUPUI’s Perez Agaba was named to Lowe’s Senior
CLASS All-America Team.
- Agaba earned a selection to the Capital One Academic
- Five players named NSCAA All-Region, most since 2008.
SOCCER – WOMEN’S
- South Dakota State’s Kayla Braffet was a third team
- North Dakota State’s Megan Dean was a Capital One
Academic All-America first team selection.
- Four players were named to the Capital One Academic
- Oakland became the first No. 4 seed to win The Summit League Championship.
- Southern Utah’s Mikkel Griffin earned a second-team
selection as an Easton Division I All-American.
- Western Illinois’ Sammy Marshall led the NCAA in stolen
bases per game and set a league-record with 45 total steals.
- UMKC’s Kaelene Curry earned her second-consecutive
Capital One Academic All-America honor with a third-team
- IPFW’s Alex Bousquet and North Dakota State’s
Krista Menke were named NFCA Division I All-Region second team.
- IPFW’s Ashleigh Bousquet tied for the NCAA’s
third-highest single-game home run total (three) and her 13 total
bases was sixth-best all-time. She hit home runs in three
consecutive at-bats, the second-longest streak in NCAA history.
- North Dakota State won a league-record fourth-straight
tournament crown and became the first team since 2006 to win both
the regular season title and the tournament title.
- North Dakota State beat No. 13/16 Hawai’i in an
elimination game at the NCAA Tucson Regional and finished
- Summit League pitchers threw three no-hitters this season, two in league play and one in non-league play.
SWIMMING & DIVING
- IUPUI’s Chen Ni became the second two-time national
champion in Summit League history when she won her second
consecutive NCAA Platform Dive Championship. She also became the
league’s first three-time swimming and diving
- Former Oakland swimmer Scott Dickens won the 100- and 200-meter
breaststroke at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials and qualified
for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- The Oakland men’s and women’s swimming and diving
teams captured their record 13th-straight Summit League Swimming
and Diving titles.
- Twelve men’s and women’s swimmers, all from Oakland, were named CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-America Honorable Mention.
- UMKC’s men became the first team to win consecutive
league championships since 2008.
- IPFW’s women posted the second-longest league winning
streak in history (32).
- Oral Roberts’ Iryna Khatsko became the ninth different player to win eight league matches in a season.
TRACK & FIELD - INDOOR
- Four athletes were named USTFCCCA All-Americans, led by
multiple first team honoree Levins.
- Oral Roberts’ Jack Whitt became the first three-time
Indoor All-American in league history.
- Finished ninth among Division I men’s leagues in the
final USTFCCCA conference index. The league spent four consecutive
weeks at No. 8, its highest position of the season.
- A combined 18 times/marks by Summit Leaguers ranked among the
nation’s Top 50, including six athletes in the top-10.
- Three teams (two men’s, one women’s) finished the season in the USTFCCCA top-15 regional rankings.
TRACK & FIELD - OUTDOOR
- Southern Utah’s Cameron Levins won both the 10,000- and
5,000-meter races, becoming the first Summit League student-athlete
to win multiple events at a single championship. He was the first
to sweep the NCAA 10k and 5k since 2009.
- Oral Roberts’ Jack Whitt won the NCAA pole vault
- SUU and ORU finished 11th and 20th at the NCAA Men’s
Championships, marking the two highest team placings in Summit
League history. South Dakota’s women placed 34th, the best
finish in league history.
- A total of eight All-America honors (five men, three women)
were captured from the nine qualifying athletes (five men, four
women) in 10 events at the NCAA Championships. A total of 52
competed at NCAA Regionals.
- Levins held the IAAF No. 1 world ranking in the 10,000m was as
high as ninth in the 5,000m. Both are Canadian Olympic qualifying
times. His best 10k time is the second-highest in NCAA history and
his top 5k mark is fifth-best all-time.
- Levins was named Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year and
was named a semifinalist for the USTFCCCA’s Bowerman
- A combined 25 times/marks by Summit Leaguers ranked among the
top-50 in the nation, including four top-10 individuals, two
top-times in the nation, to finish the outdoor track and field
- Three teams (two men’s, one women’s) finished the season in the USTFCCCA top-15 regional rankings.
- Recorded wins against Pac-12 and SEC competition.
- Two teams and two players finished in the top 10 of the final
- North Dakota State’s Jennifer Lopez became the first
honoree in league history to win both Player of the Year and Setter
of the Year in the same season.
- North Dakota State’s Megan Lambertson recorded the
second-best season hitting percentage in league history and ranked
fifth in the NCAA’s 2012 statistics.
- The Summit League ranked as high as No. 13 of 33 Division I leagues in the Pablo Ranking system. On Oct. 31, the league was ahead of the Big East, Sun Belt, Atlantic 10 and Horizon League.