Logger fans who are used to success by the maroon and white during the cold months certainly were happy with the 2008–09 winter sports season. From All-American performances in the pool to record-breaking efforts on the hardwood, the Loggers gave their fans plenty to cheer about.
The men’s basketball team became the first team in Northwest Conference history to finish the regular season with a 16-0 record and the national committee took notice, giving Puget Sound a first-round bye in their return to the NCAA tournament. In addition to blowing past the competition in the conference, the Loggers set a new school record for consecutive wins, with 19, and Antwan Williams ’09 became the school’s all-time leader in assists, with 503. In the tournament, the season came to an end in the third round, with a defeat by top-ranked St. Thomas; more on the team’s season beginning on page 24.
The Logger women had a solid year as well. Despite having just 10 healthy student-athletes on the roster, the women played their way to second place in the Northwest Conference and a fourth straight year in the NWC Tournament championship game before falling to eventual national champion George Fox. Karen Chase ’09 was named Academic All-District just a few days after scoring her 1,000th point, and Claire Ely ’10 was named First Team All-NWC.
In the pool, the Logger women captured the Northwest Conference title for the 12th time in 13 years. The Logger men had a good year as well, sending four swimmers to the NCAA DIII Championships in Minneapolis. In the Land of One Thousand Lakes, Paul Hughes ’09, Garrett Gentling ’09, Bret Schluederberg ’09, and Jackson Kowalski ’10 earned All-America honors in the 200-yard medley relay. Hughes also earned All-America honors in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Kowalski earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 200-yard backstroke.
As the weather gradually gets warmer, the Loggers are already well into the spring season. By the time you receive this magazine, women’s golf will be competing for the conference title and women’s crew will be trying to row their way to a seventh straight invitation to the NCAA Championships.
— Chris Thompson