Badger Sports Roundup

In this edition--two new coaches, Pan-Am gold and the women's hockey team well represented in international competition.

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Danny Westerman hired as assistant tennis coach

Aug. 14, 2003


Badger tennis fans will certainly recognize the name Danny Westerman.  As a player from 1998-2002, he racked up several accolades, including Wisconsin's 2002 Big Ten Medal of Honor award.  Now, he steps in as an assistant coach to Pat Klingelhoets, who has coached the Badgers since 1983.


As a player, Westerman topped the school charts; his 92 career wins in singles play are fourth in Wisconsin history and his .634 winning percentage is the all-time eighth highest.  He earned a 92-53 singles record and a 63-47 doubles record, including a 27-12 senior campaign. Westerman finished out the season ranked 29th in the nation and played in the NCAA singles championships.  He also became the first Badger to win the Midwest Regional Championship, in the fall of 2001, and was an all-Big Ten selection three of his four years. 



Canadian U-22 women's hockey team selects four Badgers

Aug. 18, 2003


Four Badgers will compete on Canada's National Women's Under-22 team.  Junior defender Carla MacLeod, junior forward Jackie Friesen and two incoming freshmen, defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar and forward Meaghan Mikkelson were selected from 39 players attending the camp. 


The team plays a three-game exhibition series against the U.S. Women's U-22 Select team Aug. 20-23 in a suburb of Montreal.  Badger junior defender Molly Engstrom will suit up for the U.S. team. 


MacLeod and Friesen are no strangers to the U-22 team, as they competed on the team in February.  Both women succeeded as Badgers last year; MacLeod had two goals and five assists, leading one of the top defenses in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.  Friesen led the Badgers with 15 goals and had six assists. Engstrom had four goals and 10 assists last season, after tallying 15 points her freshman year.



Piper earns gold at Pan-Am games

Aug. 12, 2003


Junior standout swimmer Carly Piper went for the gold as she and her teammates competed in the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.


Piper's 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay team swept the competition, clocking in at 8:05.47, enough for a new Pan American games record.  Brazil and Canada finished second and third, respectively.


At Wisconsin, Piper has smashed several records and led her team to the NCAA competition.  She holds school records in the 1000-meter freestyle and the 1650-meter freestyle and has received NCAA qualifying times in several events.  



Shofner named new women's lightweight varsity crew coach
Aug. 12, 2003


Mary Shofner joined the crew staff as the women's lightweight varsity coach Aug. 11, according to head women's rowing coach Maren LaLiberty. 


Shofner was previously an assistant coach for the University of Rhode Island, where she commanded the novice team, headed recruiting efforts and was a boat and equipment technician.  Shofner also served as an assistant coach for the varsity lightweight team at the University of Central Florida, her alma mater. 


At Central Florida, Shofner rowed from 1997-2000 and earned a bachelor's degree in organizational communications and a minor in psychology. 

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