07/11/2018

Student-athletes excel in competition and the classroom

This past year saw continued success from our athletic department, topping our school record in the NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup by nearly 100 points, which nationally measures athletic achievement in men's and women's athletics.

We all look forward to building upon last year’s progress in the upcoming academic year, as we welcome over 70 new student-athletes this fall, raising our total to 230 across 18 teams.

While we celebrate our accomplishments in athletic competition, we continue to develop our student-athletes in the classroom as well. At the end of the 2017-18 year, our student-athlete grade point average set a 10-year best at 3.175, .015 points higher than the general student body at Loyola.  We also placed a Wolf Pack record 54 student-athletes on the SSAC All-Academic Team.

Highlights from 2017-18:

  • Women's Basketball claimed the SSAC Championships, defeating Martin Methodist in the finals for their third conference title in the past four years. Kellie Kennedy’s program earned a bid to the 2018 NAIA National Championships, where they reached the round of 16.
  • Men’s and Women’s Swimming both finished in the top-10 at the NAIA National Championships, with 14 student-athletes earning All-American honors.
  • Men’s Golf junior Philip Nijoka became the program’s first student-athlete to qualify for the NAIA National Championship after earning a spot on the SSAC All-Conference Team for the second-straight year.
  • Women’s Golf qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the second time in program history, finishing 17th.
  • Competitive Dance won their second consecutive SSAC Championship, earning a spot at the NAIA National Tournament where they placed 11th.
  • Women’s Basketball senior Zoie Miller was named the SSAC Player of the Year, the National Jesuit Player of the Year, and First Team All-American by the NAIA and WBCA.
  • Men’s Basketball’s Ethan Turner and Women’s Tennis’ Arianna Pepper were each named the SSAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their respective sports.

 

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