2012-13 UWEC Athletes of the Week - Week 11 (Nov. 5-11)

November 12, 2012
Football - Defense: Coltan Ellis, Safety, 6-2, 200, Junior, Rice Lake, Wis.
Ellis was third on the team with five tackles as the Blugolds defeated UW-River Falls 28-7 on Saturday in the season finale. In addition to his five tackles, Ellis also intercepted one pass in the end zone of stop a Falcon drive in the second quarter. For the season, Ellis was fourth on the team with 55 tackles.

November 12, 2012
Football - Offense: Joel Sweeney, Tailback, 6-1, 249, Junior, Tomah, Wis.
Sweeney had a career day Saturday as the Blugolds beat UW-River Falls 28-7 to end the season. Sweeney completed the game with 281 rushing yards, a mark that ranks fourth best on the Blugolds' single game rushing records list. He carried the ball 32 times, an average of 8.8 yards per carry. Sweeney also had two rushing touchdowns, the first being a 65-yard run, tying for the 19th longest run in school history. For the season, Sweeney finished with 1,223 rushing yards and 264 carries, which both rank fifth best in a single season for Eau Claire.

November 12, 2012
Football - Special Teams: Josh Albrecht, Kicker, 5-10, 176, Senior, Eau Claire, Wis./North
Albrecht nailed four extra points Saturday on Senior Day as the Blugolds beat UW-River Falls 28-7 in the final game of the season. He also finished with five kickoffs for 286 yards, an average of 57.2 yards per kickoff. Albrecht finished the season averaging 55.3 yards per kickoff and was second on the team with 39 points coming from five field goals and 24 extra points.

November 12, 2012
Men's Hockey - Isaiah Bennis, Forward, 6-4, 219, Senior, Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial
Bennis helped lead the Blugolds to their sixth straight win as the team defeated the College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) twice. Friday in a 5-1 victory over the Saints, Bennis scored the Blugolds’ second goal of the night, which eventually proved to be the game-winner, midway through the second period. He also scored the Blugolds’ final goal and assisted on the team’s first goal. Saturday in a closer game, Bennis scored the team’s second goal of the night late in the first period and later scored on an empty net with 12 seconds remaining in the game as the Blugolds won 7-5. He also assisted on the Blugolds’ third goal of the game. Bennis totaled 11 shots on the weekend, second most on the team. For the season, he has four goals and two assists, all of which came this weekend.

November 12, 2012
Men's Diving - Nick Badilla, Senior, Appleton, Wis./North
Facing UW-La Crosse on Saturday, a meet the Blugolds won 121-120, Badilla won one diving event while taking second in another. He won the three-meter with a score of 295.95 while taking second in the one-meter with a score of 230.05.

November 12, 2012
Men's Swimming - Spencer Rose, Junior, Brookfield, Wis./Central
Rose won two events while taking second in another as the Blugolds defeated UW-La Crosse 121-120 Saturday. In the day’s final event, the 800-yard freestyle relay, Rose anchored the winning team to give the Blugolds the victory over the Eagles. The relay team finished with a time of 7:17.22, more than three seconds in front of the rest of the field. He also won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.98 and was part of the second place 200-yard medley relay team that finished with a mark of 1:39.14, less than a half-second behind the winning team.

November 12, 2012
Women's Hockey - Nikki Kothenbeutel, Forward, 5-7, Junior, Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice
Kothenbeutel was part of both Blugolds goals this weekend as the team hosted Adrian College (Mich.) twice. After the Blugolds narrowly fell 1-0 Friday night, they played another close game Saturday but again lost by one goal (3-2). Kothenbeutel assisted on the Blugolds’ first goal of the game, 2:23 into the second period, which tied the score at one. After Adrian again took the lead later in the second period, Kothenbeutel scored her first goal of the season to tie the game back up early in the final period. But, Adrian scored one goal with less than six minutes remaining to beat the Blugolds 3-2.

November 12, 2012
Wrestling - Mat Rieckhoff, 184 Pounds, Junior, Wausau, Wis./D.C. Everest
Rieckhoff took second place at 184 pounds as the Blugolds kicked off the season at the UW-Stevens Point Open on Saturday. Rieckhoff opened the day with a bye and then won his first match with a 5-3 decision. He followed that with a 6-2 win the semifinals but then fell 13-4 to Division II UW-Parkside’s Matt Gille in the championship match.

November 12, 2012
Women's Swimming - Amanda Baker, Freshman, Hudson, Wis.
Baker won the three-meter dive while taking third in the one-meter as the Blugolds faced UW-La Crosse on Saturday. She came in first in the three-meter with a score of 241.00 and was third in the one-meter with a score of 208.65.

November 12, 2012
Women's Swimming - Lisa Reed, Sophomore, Duluth, Minn./East
Competing in three events this weekend, Reed won one while taking second in another individual event. She also swam on a relay team that took third. Reed won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:14.57, almost 30 seconds in front of the rest of the field. She also claimed second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:31.28 and was part of the 800-yard freestyle relay team that took third with a time of 8:18.56.