St. Thomas Magazine_Spring 2022


When it came to competing for the first time against D-I opponents, many expected thrashings at the hands of higher-caliber competition (and there was some of that), but the Tommies held their own (sometimes surprisingly). Men‘s cross country, for instance, placed second out of eight teams in the Summit League championship, three spots ahead of preseason predictions. And football finished a win away from sharing the Pioneer Football League title. They ultimately landed in third, despite being projected eighth out of 11 teams. They also ranked second in home attendance. n


The university launched the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory

Committee (IAAC) – comprising faculty, staff and students – to ensure a focus on academics in athletics programs. The focus shone through: Out of 505 student-athletes, 270 hold a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. That includes 30 with 4.0 and 78 with a 3.9 or better. One of those 4.0 students was senior soccer captain Lexi Serreyn, a double major in physics and electrical engineering who made history with the program‘s first- ever goal on Aug. 29 against Chicago State. Serreyn was later named to the 2021 Summit League Women‘s Soccer All-Academic Team. n

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