2012-13 UWEC Athletes of the Week - Week 28 (April 1-7)

April 8, 2013
Men's Golf - Sean Murphy, Sophomore, Middleton, Wis.
Murphy led the Blugolds this weekend as they opened the spring season tying for eighth place at the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Invitational at Ironwood Golf Course in Normal, Ill. He finished tied for 19th place with 155 strokes.

April 8, 2013
Men's Outdoor Field - Roger Steen, Sophomore, Luck, Wis.
Competing in three events Saturday at UW-La Crosse's Ashton May Invitational, Steen won one event to help the Blugolds to a third place finish. Steen won the shot put with a toss of 15.50 meters (50-10.25), more than three feet better than the second place finisher. He was also third in the discus throw and fourth in the hammer throw.

April 8, 2013
Men's Outdoor Track - Thurgood Dennis, Sophomore, Allouez, Wis./Green Bay Notre Dame
Dennis was part of two victories Saturday at UW-La Crosse's Ashton May Invitational to help the Blugolds to a third place finish. He won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.01 seconds while he ran in the 4x400-meter relay, which the Blugolds won with a time of 3:17.20, more than five seconds in front of the rest of the field. It was also the fifth fastest time in the nation so far this year.

April 8, 2013
Men's Tennis - Ryan Vande Linde, Junior, Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial
Vande Linde won two No. 1 singles matches while he and partner Joe Meier won one out of two No. 1 doubles matches this weekend as the Blugolds wrapped up the home portion of their schedule. Friday against the College of St. Scholastica (Minn.), which the Blugolds defeated 8-1, he won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles. With the Blugolds also beating Bethel University (Minn.) 8-1 Sunday, Vande Linde won 6-0, 6-3 in singles play. He is now 10-9 in singles and 12-7 in doubles on the season.

April 8, 2013
Softball - Pitcher: Laura Raflik, Righthanded Pitcher, 5-6, Sophomore, Plover, Wis./Pacelli
Pitching in two games against UW-Superior this weekend in Platteville, Raflik picked up two wins to improve to 6-1 on the season. Saturday in a 4-2 victory over the Yellowjackets, Raflik faced 24 batters as she pitched 6.1 innings. She recorded three strikeouts while allowing just four hits and two runs. Sunday she pitched a complete game as the Blugolds beat UW-Superior 8-0 in five innings. Raflik gave up only four hits while striking out three batters, facing a total of 17 for the game. She finished the weekend with a 1.24 ERA, pitching 11.1 innings.

April 8, 2013
Softball - Position: Nikki Brooks, Leftfield, 5-7, Sophomore, New Richmond, Wis./St. Croix Central
Brooks led the Blugolds in hitting this week with a .750 average (6-for-8) as she started all four games, which the Blugolds won in Platteville. She hit two home runs, one in a 4-2 win over UW-Superior on Saturday and one in an 8-0 victory in five innings over UW-Superior on Sunday. Her homer Saturday came in the sixth inning, which gave the Blugolds a 4-0 lead. Sunday, Brooks hit her home run in the bottom of the fourth which brought in two runs. She also had a double in an 8-3 win over UW-Stevens Point on Sunday. In an 8-0 win in five innings Saturday over UW-Stevens Point, she scored two of her five runs for the weekend. Brooks had three RBI, three sacrifice hits and was walked once, never striking out. Starting in leftfield four times this weekend, she recorded three putouts with no errors.

April 8, 2013
Women's Outdoor Field - Caitlin Brendum, Senior, River Falls, Wis.
Competing in three events Saturday at UW-La Crosse's Ashton May Invitational, Brendum won one event to help the Blugolds to a second place finish. She took first in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.22 meters (168), more than 19 feet better than the second place finisher. It was the seventh best throw in the nation so far this year. Brendum was also fourth in the shot put and eighth in the discus.

April 8, 2013
Women's Outdoor Track - Erin Schoenfelder, Senior, Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community
Competing in two events Saturday at UW-La Crosse's Ashton May Invitational, Schoenfelder won one event while taking second in another to help the Blugolds to a second place finish. She took first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.82 seconds and finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.45.

April 8, 2013
Women's Tennis - Katie Gillman, Junior, Red Wing, Minn.
Gillman went undefeated this weekend, winning twice at No. 3 singles and twice at No. 1 doubles with partner Taylor Heltne. Friday against the College of St. Scholastica (Minn.), which the Blugolds beat 8-1, she won 6-2, 6-0 in singles and 8-1 in doubles competition. Facing Bethel University (Minn.) Sunday, a team the Blugolds defeated 9-0, Gillman won 6-1, 6-2 in singles play and 8-0 in doubles. For the season, she is now 13-4 in singles play and 14-3 competing in doubles.