MCAC Athletes Honored with '18 Elite Awards

Rochester, MN-

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has named the MCAC Spring Elite '18 Team, which consists of the top performing student-athletes which excel both in the classroom as well as on the fields and courts of competition.

A new conference initiative for the 2017-18 academic year, MCAC Elite Teams are comprised of student-athletes who were named to an All-Academic team during their sport season and earned distinction as an All-Division, All-Conference, All-State or NJCAA All-America honors in their respective sport(s).  Each Elite team is designated by the year and semester in which the majority of the competitive season took place.

The 2018 MCAC Elite Team is sponsored by the United Heroes League.   The United Heroes League seeks to keep military kids healthy and active through sports while their parents are serving the nation.  The United Heroes League is headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota and offers several opportunities for colleges, businesses, organizations and individuals to help support their cause.  

For the spring of 2018, MCAC student-athletes from men's basketball, women's basketball, wrestling, softball and baseball vie for placement on the MCAC Spring Elite '18 team.  The MCAC Fall '17 Elite team, featuring athletes from football, was announced on January 20 and honors football, volleyball, soccer and golf teams. The release is available at this link. 

The list of MCAC Elite student-athletes for Spring 2018, are listed below by college.  All team members have earned MCAC All-Academic status following spring semester grades; their individual sport recognition is also listed. To view the fall MCAC All-Academic Award recipients, please click here.   

Of particular note are those MCAC athletes which were named both to an NJCAA All-America squad while also finding time to excel in the classroom, earning MCAC All-Academic honors.  These athletes include women's basketball players Megan Swedberg (Northland CTC) and Katherin Ihnen (Minnesota West CTC) and NJCAA National Tournament wrestler Zach Moon (Rochester CTC)

Please note that in spring sports, NJCAA baseball and Softball All-America teams will be named over the week of June 4-9; the MCAC award list will be updated accordingly.  Additionally, some MAC member colleges are still processing spring semester grade reports.  The 2018 Spring award list will be updated as those student-athletes are submitted for recognition by their schools. 






 Sidney Imsande

New York Mills, Minnesota


'18 All-Division 2nd Team

'18 All-Academic

Samantha Lupkes

Wheaton, Minnesota

Women's Basketball


'18 All-Division HM

'18 All-Academic



























Courtesy of MCAC Sports