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University Washingtswimmer Homewood-Flossmoor graduate Luke Dobben. | Supplied photo

University of Washington swimmer and Homewood-Flossmoor graduate Luke Dobben. | Supplied photo

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Updated: January 18, 2013 8:22PM



Washington University in St. Louis athlete Luke Dobben (Homewood-Flossmoor) was chosen the University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week in men’s swimming for the period ending Jan. 14.

It was the first time Dobben earned the award.

On Jan. 9, the Flossmoor resident led the Bears to a 172-90 win over visiting Wabash College, before helping Washington finish third in the team standings at its WU Invitational on Jan. 11 and 12.

Dobben won three individual events in the dual against Wabash. He clocked a season-best time of 9 minutes, 44.69 seconds in winning the 1,000-meter freestyle by more than 20 seconds. He followed that with wins in the 200 butterfly (1:57.13) and the 500 freestyle (4:48.85).

At the WU Invitational, Dobben was the lone event winner for the Bears men’s team. He swam to a first-place finish in the 500 free in 4:42.55, and also finished first in the 200 butterfly in 1:56.30. Dobben added a third-place finish in the 1,650 free with a time of 16:51.45.

Talking about Taylor

Augustana College’s Taylor Moesle (Sandburg) was chosen the Most Valuable Player in women’s soccer by the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin for the 2012 season.

In addition, the senior midfielder also was selected as a First-Team All-American in NCAA Division III by the National Soccer Coaches Association for the second time in the past three seasons.

The Orland Park native helped the Vikings finish a perfect 7-0 in the CCIW and 16-5 overall in ’12. Augustana participated in the NCAA Division III national tournament for the third time in the past four years and the fifth time in the program’s history.

Moesle became the first CCIW Player of the Year from Augustana when she won the award in early November. She’s the first CCIW Player of the Year from a program other than Wheaton. A Thunder player had won the award in each of the league’s first 17 years of women’s competition.

Moesle, a First-Team All-CCIW selection for the third straight year, had a dozen goals this year in addition to a school-record 12 assists. Moesle closed her career ranking fourth in school history with 40 goals, second with 29 assists and third with 109 points.

Moesle’s teammate, freshman midfielder Somer Druszkowski (Lincoln-Way Central), earned All-CCIW Second-Team honors. The Manhattan native was Augustana’s third-leading scorer with five goals and one assist. She tied for seventh in the conference with three goals in seven league matches.



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