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Blugolds Claim 16 Spots On WIAC All-Time Team; Tom Prior Named All-Time Coach

Blugolds Claim 16 Spots On WIAC All-Time Team; Tom Prior Named All-Time Coach

MADISON, Wis. ( - The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announced today the Women's Swimming and Diving All-Time Team that will be recognized in conjunction with the conference's upcoming Centennial Celebration. All-Time Teams are being selected in those men's and women's sports that have been classified as "championship" sports at some point during the conference's 100-year history. Additional teams will be released on a weekly basis throughout much of the 2011-12 academic year.

A total of 16 Blugolds were named to the All-Time Team while Tom Prior was named the All-Time Coach.

Women's Swimming and Diving All-Time Team
Name School Years Participated Hometown (High School)*
Kari Albers (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1990-93 Northfield, Minn.
Cathy Berrie UW-Milwaukee 1979-82 Glendale, Wis. (Nicolet)
Traci Bergo (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1983-85, 87 Albert Lea, Minn.
Janice Buron (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1987-89 Fontana, Wis. (Hinsdale Central)
Brenda Dahl (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1983-84 Eau Claire, Wis. (North)
Nicole Dorvinen (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 2009-12 Green Bay, Wis. (Bay Port)
Carlene Empanger UW-La Crosse 2002-06 Chaska, Minn.
Wendy Heineke UW-Stout 1986-89 Madison, Wis. (Memorial)
Rachel Heitkamp UW-Oshkosh 2001-04 Mequon, Wis. (Homestead)
Chelsea Hoff UW-La Crosse 2008-10 Middleton, Wis.
Ellen Holterman (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1983-86 Franklin, Wis.
Kim Hubbard (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1986-89 Green Bay, Wis. (East)
Laura Ladwig (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1980-83 Racine, Wis. (Horlick)
Jane Marien UW-La Crosse 1986-89 Minnetonka, Minn.
Amanda Medendorp UW-La Crosse 2006-09 Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)
Amy Meisner (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1987-90 Roseville, Minn.
Peggy (Anderson) Meyer UW-Madison 1975-77 Dubuque, Iowa
Anne Moser (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1980 Deephaven, Minn. (Minnetonka)
Sara Mulatz (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1993-96 Regina, Saskatchewan (LeBoldus)
Kersti Nelson (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1987-90 Fergus Falls, Minn.
Tanya Nord (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1989-92 Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Renee Porter UW-Oshkosh 2001, 2005 Wauwatosa, Wis. (West)
Lisa Roettger (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1980-83 Stillwater, Minn.
Christine Sammons UW-Stevens Point 1999-2002 Hastings, Minn.
Sara Shimanski (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1994-97 Hutchinson, Minn.
Sara Smith (More Info) UW-Eau Claire 1984-87 Madison, Wis. (West)
Cheri Tiegs UW-Oshkosh 1994-97 West Allis, Wis. (Central)
Fallon Toomsen UW-La Crosse 2002-05 Freeport, Ill.
Rebecca Uphoff UW-Stevens Point 1997-2000 Madison, Wis.
Julie Waterhouse UW-La Crosse 1995-98 Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)
Nana Werdin UW-Stevens Point 1991-94 Roseville, Minn.
Shelly Weyers UW-La Crosse 1985-88 Kaukauna, Wis.
Women's Swimming and Diving All-Time Coach:  Tom Prior (UW-Eau Claire) (1979-99) - More Info
*Indicates hometown and high school while attending school

WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner remarked that this has been an extremely difficult process given the 100-year span and incomparable success the conference has experienced in most of its sports. Karner noted that in some sports, even achieving All-American status didn't necessarily guarantee an athlete a spot on the team. He also acknowledged that while disagreement is inherent and expected whenever there is a selection of an all-time anything (be it a team, restaurant or movie), the conference nonetheless felt it important to recognize student-athletes and coaches who have contributed to the success of the most accomplished Division III conference in NCAA history.

The student-athlete representation on each team has relied heavily on input provided by the sports information director from each of the nine WIAC campuses, while the process for selecting the head coach(es) for each team also includes input from a panel of media representatives. The number of individuals selected per team varies depending upon the nature of the sport itself as well as the number of years the sport has/had been sponsored within the conference.

The conference has also elected to establish a special "legacy" category to recognize those student-athletes and coaches who had extremely accomplished careers but competed during an era(s) when the compilation of statistical data was spotty at best and/or the style of play at that time does not translate for comparative purposes to the stats prevalent in the modern era. The WIAC "Legacy Team" will also be named at a later date.

All-Time Team members will receive certificates from the conference and it is hoped that most, if not all, of the recipients will be in attendance or represented at the WIAC Centennial Banquet to be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on August 4, 2012.

More information on the activities and events associated with the WIAC Centennial can be accessed via the WIAC website at

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is the proud sponsor of the WIAC Centennial Celebration