USD athletes on all-NCC academic at-large team

USD athletes on all-NCC academic at-large team Seniors Aimee Dunlop, Woodbine, IA, and Sandy Pelkofer, Rapid City, were named to the all-North Central Conference academic at-large team for the second time in their careers, according to an announcement May 9 by the conference office.

The at-large team includes athletes from golf, track and field, cross country, wrestling, tennis and swimming and diving, and is voted by the conference sports information directors.

Sophomore Kari Kopecky, Roosevelt, MN, and sophomore Lacey Weber, Salem, were named all-NCC academic honorable mention.

An academic All-American, Dunlop is a national scholar athlete. A two-year team captain for the cross country team, she placed 18th at the 2001 NCC Cross Country Meet and 28th at the North Central Region. Dunlop is a member of the team that finished 10th at nationals where she was 129th.

Dunlop was seventh in the 10,000 meter run at the NCC outdoor championships during spring 2001. In 2000, she finished 11th at the NCC Cross Country Meet and 31st at the North Central Region Meet.

Dunlop was a member of the team which placed second in the NCC meet and third place at the regional meet in 1999, finishing finished 44th at NCC meet (23:31.7). She placed 48th at North Central Regional (24:11.9). In 1998, Dunlop finished 19th at the NCC meet and 24th at the North Central Region. She is the school record holder in the 3000m steeplechase (track and field), set during the 2001 season.

Dunlop, the daughter of Peter and Annette Dunlop, is a biology/pre-medicine major with a 3.899 GPA.

Pelkofer ranks as the best women's pole vault performer in school history and one of the best ever in the NCC. This year, she broke a school and North Central Conference record with an indoor vault of 12'5", which ranked second in NCAA Division II this season.

At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays (May 4), Pelkofer went 12'6" to set a personal best and school outdoor record in the pole vault. The performance ranks second in NCAA Division II in the outdoor pole vault this season. In that superb effort, Pelkofer broke the Dakota Relays record by a foot. It was her second Howard Wood pole vault title.

Earlier this year, she was NCC Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week. She also won pole vault titles this season at the Sioux City Relays, Minnesota Gold Classic, John Dalton Memorial Meet, Godfather's Division II Challenge meet in Emporia, KS, among others.

At the 2001 NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals, Pelkofer won the pole vault title with a 12'3" which tied the national record in Division II at that time. A four-time all-American, she finished second in the pole vault at the NCAA Division II indoor nationals in March 2002. She recently received the USD Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

Pelkofer broke her own North Central Conference record (11'3) with a 12'0" at the 2001 NCC Indoor Meet. Throughout her career, Pelkofer, who won a state title in the pole vault while competing for Rapid City Stevens, has continually set new records at meets at which she has competed.

Pelkofer, who has a 3.685 grade point average with a major in psychology, is the daughter of Joelle Graff and Tim Pelkofer.

An All-American, Kopecky was a member of four USD relays squads that finished in the top 20 at the 2002 NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships. Kopecky finished second in the 50-yard free style and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2002 NCC championships. Kopecky, who owns South Dakota's best all-time 50-freestyle time with a clocking of :23.90 that she established in 2001, is also fifth all-time in 100 freestyle (:53.98).

In 2001, she was named NCC Freshman of the Year, earning all-American honors by taking fourth in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in March, 2001. She won her first-all-American honor by swimming 24:01 at nationals, the second best 50-yard freestyle time in school history and only her 23.90 in a time trial of the 50-yard freestyle relay at the NCC championships is faster. Kopecky has a 3.467 GPA in general studies and is the daughter of David and Linda Kopecky.

Weber, a standout golfer, finished ninth at the USD Coyotes Women's Invitational to lead the USD team to the team title at that event. She was 44th at the Ironwood Collegiate Classic in Omaha, NE. Weber, the daughter Vince and Sheri Weber, has a 3.4 GPA as a business major.

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