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Luke Dobben, of Washington University (St. Louis) was named an Athlete of the Week in men’s swimming and diving by the University Athletic Association for the period ending Dec. 9. | Supplied photo

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Updated: February 13, 2014 6:34AM



Luke Dobben, of Washington University (St. Louis) was named an Athlete of the Week in men’s swimming and diving by the University Athletic Association for the period ending Dec. 9.

Dobben, a Homewood-Flossmoor grad, recorded three first-place individual finishes and swam on two winning relays for the Bears, meeting NCAA “B” cut times in all five events, at the Wheaton College Invitational held Dec. 6 and 7.

The junior won the 500-meter freestyle (4:30.45), 1,650 freestyle (15:43.95) and 200 butterfly (1:50.96), provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in each event.

The Flossmoor native also led off Washington’s winning 800 freestyle relay that posted a “B” cut time of 6:51.69 and anchored the 400 medley relay that won in a pool and meet record with a provisional time of 3:22.15.

Run, don’t walk

Two Southland residents were named to the 2013 All-Midwest Collegiate Conference Men’s Cross Country Team after the MCC Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Receiving honorable mention recognition were St. Ambrose’s Anthony Maciag and Clarke’s Nick Anderson.

Maciag (Brother Rice), was 11th with a time of 29:22. The Chicagoan helped the Bees take second as a team.

Anderson (Bloom), was 20th with a time of 30:05. The Sauk Village resident was the top finisher for the Crusaders, who were sixth as a team.

On the ball

Two Southland natives was chosen to the 2013 All-Midwest Collegiate Conference First Team in women’s volleyball.

Feted were Clarke’s Amanda Raschke (Reavis) and St. Ambrose’s Maddie McElroy (Mother McAuley).

Raschke, a junior right-side hitter, was third on the Crusaders in kills in 2013 with 296 and fifth in blocks with 62. The Burbank resident helped the Crusaders finish 31-8 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

McElroy, a junior middle hitter, was fifth in the MCC with a .261 hitting percentage and eighth with an average of 2.61 kills per set.

The Evergreen Park native led the Bees in blocks (66) and was second in kills (264). McElroy recorded double-digit kills in 13 matches, including a season-best 17 Oct. 1 at Wisconsin-Platteville.

Quite a character

St. Ambrose men’s cross country runner Dean Knieps (Andrew) was recognized as one of the school’s six Champions of Character during the fall sports season.

The Champions of Character Award is based upon the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

One of the highlights in 2013 for Knieps, a junior, was helping St. Ambrose finish 17th in the 36-team field at the 2013 Brissman/Lundeen Cross Country Invite in Rock Island on Sept. 27.

The Tinley Park resident was the second-best runner for the Bees with a time of 27:33. Knieps finished 129th out of 491 runners.



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