Top female student-athletes at MSU announced on Tuesday night

The Minnesota State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics hosted the 32nd annual Maverick Achievement Awards and Spring Honors Banquet on Tuesday evening at the CSU Ballroom.

Senior softball player Jessica Meidl received the Female Athletics Medal of Honor, which is given out to the top Minnesota State senior female athlete. Senior soccer player Abby Nordeen was awarded the Georgene Brock Award, which is  handed out to the most “well-rounded” female senior student-athlete, excelling on the field, in the classroom and throughout the community. Freshman Lily Borgenheimer was named Female Newcomer of the Year, which is presented to the top female freshman or transfer student, and is based solely upon athletic achievement.

A four-year letterwinner from Lakeville, Minn., Meidl is the MSU all-time leader in career runs scored with 192, stolen bases with 110, and is tied for the all-time lead in games played with 240. She also ranks second all-time in career hits with 293 and career RBI with 173. She boasts a .442 batting average this season with a team-high 73 hits, 51 runs and 20 doubles. The outfielder has been named NSIC Player of the Week twice, claimed All-NSIC First Team honors in 2017 and All-NSIC second team honors in 2016. She has also garnered NFCA All-Central Region First  Team honors, D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team and was named to the NFCA All-American Second Team in 2017 in helping lead Minnesota State to a national championship.

A four-year letter-winner from Cherry Valley, Ill.,  Nordeen started and appeared in 20 contests her senior year and moved into fourth in minutes played in program history with 6,189 over 87 career games. The defenseman was part of a defensive unit that recorded a program record 11 consecutive shutouts in 2017. She was named D2CCA Second Team All-American, CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and United Soccer Coaches NCAA  Division II Women’s All-Central Region First Team in 2017. Nordeen was a three-time NSIC Fall All-Academic selection (2015, 2016 & 2017), a two-time NSIC Player of the Week honoree and a D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team selection (2015). She has a 3.49 GPA, while majoring in nursing.

A native of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Borgenheimer won the 200 breaststroke event at the NSIC Championships with an NSIC and pool record time of 2:17.68. She was also a member of the 400 medley relay team that finished first at the NSIC Championships and claimed second place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.93. At the NCAA Championships, Borgenheimer finished 22nd place in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:18.70 and 27th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.93.

Nominations and selection for both awards were based on votes cast by Minnesota State head coaches and staff members.

Female Athletics Medal of Honor

Athlete Sport
Erin Baker Cross Country
Cecilia Hake Swimming & Diving
Amelia Kjos Track & Field
Jessica Meidl Softball
Abby Nordeen Soccer
Genie Short Golf
Claire Ziegler Basketball

Georgene Brock

Athlete Sport
Erin Baker Cross Country
Chelsea Calhoon Swimming & Diving
Claire Jordan Basketball
Anna Keys Hockey
Amelia Kjos Track & Field
Abby Nordeen Soccer
Autumn Risch Volleyball
Genie Short Golf

Female Top Newcomer Award

Athlete Sport
Lily Borgenheimer Swimming & Diving
Brittyn Fleming Hockey
Grace Hartman Track & Field
Torey Richards Softball
Molly Sarafolean Soccer

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