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Lutheran West Athletic Alumni in the News

Jessica Miller | Wednesday, March 27, 2019
As a school community, we're always proud and excited to see our alumni go on to achieve great things in college and beyond. Recently, we've received news of three young women who have made headlines in their collegiate athletic pursuits:

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Paige Nicholas '15, a senior at Northern Illinois University, became part of NIU history when the gymnastics team won the 2019 Mid-American Conference (MAC) gymnastics championship on Saturday, March 23rd. This was a first in university history. Paige is also part of the floor team with NIU Gymnastics. The 2019 floor team broke the school record of 49.375, obtained earlier this season, with a 49.425. Congratulations, Paige and NIU Gymnastics!

An article on NIUHuskies.com stated, "Over the last four years, seniors Emily Basara, Ally Ferber, Anna Martucci, and Paige Nicholas have helped the Huskies to record-setting performances, 42 total victories, the best MAC Championship finish in school history and most importantly, to NIU Head Coach Sam Morreale, have helped build the culture for future success."

When interviewed, Paige told NIUHuskies.com:

What has NIU Gymnastics meant to you? "I have just been really thankful to know that no matter what's been going on, in the gym, outside of the gym, academically, or anything else, I've had such great support.  I've always had 18-plus girls and my coaches really supporting me, seeing as I've been so far away from family, that's really been a great part at my success at NIU."
 
What has been your favorite memory of your time at NIU?
My favorite competition I would say was when we got to compete at Kentucky [in 2017]. It was great energy and a great crowd, it was really awesome to see our team against one of the best teams in the country. Then this year when the floor squad broke the floor record twice, that was really awesome to be a part of the group that was able to be in the record books for that."

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Gabby Schultz '15 is currently pursuing her MBA as a student-athlete competing in Women's Track & Field at Queens University of Charlotte (NC). After completing her undergraduate degree in just three years from Edinboro College (PA), Schultz went on to Queens University of Charlotte to continue her education. Competing at the NCAA Division II level, she is a five-time National Qualifier in Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. In January 2019, Schultz was twice named the AstroTurf SAC Field Athlete of the Week. According to QueensAthletics.com, Schultz broke the Royals shot put record with a mark of 14.70 meters. This toss won her the event at the JDL January College Kickoff. She also earned the honor of InterCon Student-Athlete of the Month for the month of January. Her 2019 indoor season ended with a national ranking of #18. Gabby has also been named an Academic All-American. While at Lutheran West, Gabby lettered in 3 years of track & field, missing her junior year due to a knee injury. She was All-Conference for two years in both shot and discus. Congratulations, Gabby! 

Johanna Ragland '15, also competing in JohannaRagland.jpgcollegiate Women's Track & Field (Throws) is a 4-time National Qualifier and a two time All-American (1 time in Shot Put and 1 time in the Hammer Throw). She attends Concordia University in  Nebraska and competes at the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) level. Ragland is pursuing a degree in Education (Mathematics) and Physical Education. She will also earn a Lutheran Teach Diploma. Johanna has been named an Academic All-American. While at Lutheran West, Johanna lettered all four years in Track & Field, served as team captain for two years, and was voted MVP for two seasons. She also received recognition as First-Team All-Conference for two years, Conference Player of the Year for one year. Johanna was a leader at West as a multi-sport athlete, also captaining the volleyball and women's basketball teams. 


If you have noteworthy news to share about Lutheran West alumni, please submit via email to Debi Albrecht '85, Director of Alumni Relations, at dalbrecht@lutheranwest.com.
 

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