news OWL for the Team behind the Team • WINTER UPDATE 2013 Queen of the Pool OWL CLUB A few days after returning to campus from Birmingham, Ala., site of this year’s NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships, Amanda Thomas stood in front of a display in the lobby of Moore Fieldhouse. The array of quotes, images and stories recognizes the historical achievements of the Southern Athletic Department, its coaches and student-athletes. The setting was fitting, given that the Oakville native had recently completed a storied 4-year swimming career that leaves her as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. Among her accomplishments are 18 All-America titles and four individual NCAA crowns. In addition, she was just selected for the second consecutive year as the Division II National Swimmer of the Year. “Coming into college, I never thought that I would get half as many awards as I have gotten,” Thomas says. “I (accomplished) what I wanted, so I’m happy. But it’s sad that it’s over. I’m going to try Thomas continued on Page 4. From the Director of Athletics Dear Owl Club Members: I offer my greetings as we begin the homestretch of the 2012-13 academic year. Our winter teams collectively enjoyed a successful season, and our baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field programs also look to cap off stellar campaigns. As a department, we remain on pace to finish among the top 20 percent of all Division II programs in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup. This would mark the seventh straight year that we’ve finished with that distinction. I offer my congratulations to Amanda Thomas of the women’s swimming and diving team for winning her fourth NCAA individual championship and earning Division II National Swimmer of the Year honors for a second consecutive year. I encourage you to read more about one of the finest student-athletes in Southern history inside this newsletter. In addition, our men’s and women’s swimming teams continued their dominance with two more Northeast-10 Conference Championships. That’s 10 in a row for the women’s team and nine in 10 years for the men’s squad. Head coach Tim Quill and his staff continue to accomplish great things. Our women’s basketball team, as well as our men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams, were nationally ranked during the course of the year. The gymnastics team set several school records this winter, defeated Yale in meet competition, and qualified eight studentathletes for the national championships. Our men’s basketball team posted 17 wins and narrowly missed an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Academic success continues to go hand in hand with our athletic accomplishments. Our student-athletes achieved record-setting success last fall with a combined semester grade Director continued on Page 7.