BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – It was an exciting Monday for several Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) teams, as the NCAA announced the national tournament selections for men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, and softball.
The MIAC champion St. Thomas men's golf team was among 32 squads nationwide to receive automatic qualification into the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships. The No. 25-ranked Tommies will be joined on the course by No. 15 Saint John's University, one of seven programs to earn a Pool C at-large berth into the Tournament. The 2019 Championships will be held May 14-17 at Keene Trace Golf Club, in Nicholasville, Kentucky and will be hosted by Transylvania University. A total of 42 teams and six individuals were selected to participate in the championships. After 36 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 18 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams. A total of 216 participants will compete at the 2019 Championships.
The nation's top-ranked team will represent the MIAC at the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships, as Carleton College is the No. 1 team in the 25-squad field. The Knights are one of 21 teams to receive automatic qualification into the tournament. In addition to 21 conference champions and four at-large selections, six individuals were also selected to play in the championships, including Bethel sophomore Nicole Miller. The championships will be conducted May 14-17 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Harris County-Houston Sports Commission will serve as hosts. Following 54 holes of competition, the championship field will be cut to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams to compete the final day.
The MIAC landed a pair of teams in the 2019 NCAA Softball Tournament. Regular season and Playoff champion St. Thomas is back in "The Dance" for the 16th consecutive season and 27th time overall. The nation's No. 4-ranked team will once again be hosting a four-team regional starting on Thursday, May 9 and continuing Friday and Saturday at South Field in St. Paul. UST will face off with Northwestern-St. Paul in the opening round, with Wartburg and UW-Eau Claire squaring off in the other matchup. Saint Benedict received the good news that its season will continue on Monday when CSB garnered its second consecutive at-large berth to the Tournament. The Bennies will be headed to Pella, Iowa to play in Central College's regional this weekend. Saint Ben's will take on UW-La Crosse in the opening round with Central and Lake Forest meeting in the other contest.
Gustavus Adolphus College is headed to the University of Chicago on Saturday and Sunday to play in a six-team regional. The MIAC champion Gusties are one of 36 teams to receive an automatic qualifier into the 43-squad NCAA Tournament. Gustavus - ranked No. 16 in the nation - has a first-round bye and will await the winner of the Grinnell versus St. Scholastica matchup in round two. The Gusties' first match is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Following the single-elimination regional, Kalamazoo will host the team championship finals May 21-22. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 8.
Carleton College will make its return to the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament this week when the MIAC champion Knights take on Edgewood in Whitewater, Wis. Carleton is one of 40 women's tennis teams to receive automatic qualification into the NCAA Tournament, with nine additional teams receiving Pool B or C bids. Teams will compete in a single-elimination tournament for the first three rounds at regional sites before moving on to Kalamazoo College for the national championships May 20-22 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 8.