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Coach’s Candor

Sports Staff

November 1, 2011


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Editor’s note: Brad Erickson is entering his 36th season as head coach of the Jackrabbit men’s and women’s swimming teams. Erickson’s teams plan to improve on their high conference finish in 2010. The Collegian caught up with him and talked to him about his team’s skill level, his time at SDSU and the level of swimmers in the Rushmore State. Q. How have things changed since you first started coaching 36 years ago? A. When I first started here, I was considered full time swimming but I was also an assistant football coach for 15 years and then had the intramural program. We were pretty much a non-scholarship walk-on type of a program. Especially in the last six years since we moved to Division I, being funded, being able to recruit, and being able to get some good quality athletes, that’s probably the biggest change. Q. Of the 24 events for both men’s and women’s swimming and diving, 18 school records were set by the men’s team and 17 records were set by the women in the past two years. What does that say about the quality of program and athlete now at SDSU? A. The biggest thing is you think every year ‘When is this going to stop?’. To break 18 and 17 records in two years is just unheard of. Like I said with the ability to recruit good athletes, since we got scholarship money, that’s giving us a chance to go out and get better and better athletes each year. Kids that came in four years ago, when they get to be seniors, some of them, if they had those same times as seniors i

Women’s hockey cleans up Backyard

Sports Staff

November 1, 2011


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The SDSU women’s hockey team has implemented a recycling program for the Backyard tailgate area behind the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center.  They took part in clean-up after the October 15th game and will do it again during the Jacks’ home finale against Southern Illinois on Hobo Day. The team ...

Game six part of memorable Series

Travis Kriens

November 1, 2011


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People throw around the word “great” way more than they should when it comes to sports. I would say that you probably only see five to ten athletes in each sport in your lifetime that can be considered great. Same thing goes for games. You can watch a lot of games but only a select few should be c...

Jackrabbits swept again

Shane Koob

November 1, 2011


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UND used an up-tempo attack and solid blocking to stiffle the Jacks. Different team from the state of North Dakota, same results. UND swept the Jacks off the court Halloween night, handing SDSU it’s sixth straight loss by scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-22. “We’ll fight, we’ll push and we’re battlin...

Seven suspended from Summit League tournament

Marcus Traxler

October 31, 2011


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Seven members of the SDSU women’s soccer team have been suspended for at least the semi-finals of the Summit League tournament for a “violation of team rules”, according to head coach Lang Wedemeyer. Three players have been suspended the whole tournament if SDSU advances. Wedemeyer would not rel...

Coach’s Candor: 10.26.11

mtraxler

October 25, 2011


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Editor’s note: Brad Erickson is entering his 36th season as head coach of the Jackrabbit men’s and women’s swimming teams. Erickson’s teams plan to improve on their high conference finish in 2010. The Collegian caught up with him and talked to him about his team’s skill level, his time at SD...

Fan allegiances all over in South Dakota

Travis Kriens

October 25, 2011


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How did you become a fan of your favorite team? Usually most people go with the local team or as close to a local team as they can find. Living in South Dakota, we are in one of the most isolated areas as far as pro teams go. The Vikings and the Twins are the two most followed teams in the state, but the...

Equestrian strives for stable start

Marcus Traxler

October 25, 2011


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A new coach and a new attitude have riders turning the page in 2011-12. In equestrian, stability is key. As it turns out, the same can be said for a program trying to grow. After two seasons of turnover, the Jackrabbits have a coach, Megan Rossiter, who looks ready to steady things for SDSU, who dro...

Individuals shine but golf teams sputter during fall

Spencer Chase

October 25, 2011


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Individual performances didn’t translate into team success for SDSU this fall. The SDSU men’s and women’s golf team finished up their fall season Oct. 24 when the women’s team competed in the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C. This marked the end of a 2011 fall campaign ...

Jacks fall in Dakota Marker

Marcus Traxler

October 21, 2011


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A 41-yard punt return for a touchdown by NDSU’s Ryan Smith delivered the dagger to the Jacks’ chances of taking back the Dakota Marker, as the Bison rolled SDSU 38-14 at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium Saturday. Ahead 17-7, Smith’s score put the Bison up 17 points in the third quarter securing NDSU’s ef...

Tradition surrounds pheasant opener

Nick Lowrey

October 18, 2011


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The third Saturday in October is an important day in South Dakota. The state becomes a mecca, drawing pilgrims from around the globe to participate in one of the most unique upland hunting experiences in the world. Pheasant season brings tens of thousands of people to the state and generates well over $...

Coach’s Candor: 10.19.11

Sports Staff

October 18, 2011


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Editor’s note: Dave Schrage is the new Jackrabbits baseball coach. He takes over for Ritchie Price, who took an assistant coach job at Kansas. Schrage has 23 years of experience as a Division I head coach, most recently at Notre Dame. The Collegian caught up with him to see how things are going. Yo...