The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team claimed player of the year, defensive player of the year and coach of the year awards from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Wednesday.
Junior forward Sara Bauer earned player of the year honors, becoming the first Badger to do so, after she ranked second in the WCHA with 38 conference-only points and tied for the lead with six game-winning goals this season. Bauer, who was picked as the preseason player of the year, was previously named the rookie of the year in 2004 and is a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which goes to the outstanding player in women's hockey.
Junior defenseman Bobbi-Jo Slusar earned defensive player of the year honors, after former Badger Molly Engstrom earned the honors in 2004 and 2005. Slusar, another Kazmaier finalist, led league defenders in scoring and is third in the nation with nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points, in all games.
Head coach Mark Johnson was named the coach of the year, his second such honor in his four years at Wisconsin. He led Wisconsin to a 31-4-1 overall record and won the WCHA regular-season title with a 24-3-1 record. He has a career record of 106-27-10 in four years.
Bauer and Slusar also earned All-WCHA first-team honors, and seniors forward Sharon Cole and goaltender Meghan Horras and junior defender Meaghan Mikkelson were second-team picks.
Members of the conference all-academic team include: Bauer, senior forward Nikki Burish, Cole, Horras, senior forward Cyndy Kenyon, junior forward Heidi Kletzien, Mikkelson, junior forward Phoebe Monteleone and sophomore defender Mikka Nordby.
Bauer, Burish and Cole were named WCHA Scholar Athletes for maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Grabow to compete at NCAAs
Maggie Grabow, a senior on the Wisconsin women's track team, will compete in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend. Grabow, who had provisionally qualified for the championship in that event but had not made the final cut, was added to the list of competitors on Tuesday after another student-athlete scratched from the event.
Men's tennis: Badgers sweep Golden Eagles
The Wisconsin men's tennis team defeated Marquette 7-0 Wednesday in Milwaukee, the seventh shutout win of the season for the Badgers and their 10th straight win over the Golden Eagles (7-5).
Wisconsin (7-4) swept the doubles point and sophomore Jeremy Sonkin took down Eigis Vedrickas 6-4, 6-2 at the top spot. Sophomores Nolan Polley, Brennan Phippen, and Elliott Bisnow, junior Lachezar Kasarov and freshman Gian Hodgson also won their matches.