|Wooster's "W" Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m.|
A class of eight former College of Wooster standout student-athletes will be inducted into the W Association Hall of Fame during the College's "Black & Gold Weekend," announced the alumni organization that supports intercollegiate athletics on Friday. The official ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Schiede Music Center. Those wishing to attend the induction ceremony can RSVP here, and there is no cost to attend.
Scheduled to be on hand for their induction are Jennifer Bayuk '03, Emily Brunk '96, Brian Conaway '06, Tom Hungerford '93, Tony Kauke '98, Tom Port '07, Sandy Tecklenburg '01, and Barbara Thompson '93.
Bayuk earned 10 All-American certificates as a swimmer, and she placed as high as eighth nationally in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes during her career. A key contributor on some of Wooster's top teams, Bayuk was part of three top-10 team finishes, including the Scots' fifth-place squad as a senior. To this day, Bayuk still holds the school records in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.92) and as a member of the 200 medley relay (1:47.40).
Brunk was voted to the All-American first team by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and the United States Women's Lacrosse Association as a senior, and to this day is the lone defender in program history voted to the All-American teams. Brunk capped her career with NCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors, and was one of the leading defenders on Wooster's 1994 team that played in the inaugural NCAC Tournament championship game.
Conaway ended his career with a third-team All-American certificate from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). A dynamic offensive threat, Conaway earned all-region honors in every season, and was tabbed as the NCAC's Offensive Player of the Year three times. Upon graduation, Conaway ranked third all-time in points (104) and goals (43), and fifth in assists (18) in program history, and no student-athlete has surpassed those totals since.
Hungerford earned All-American certificates each season with the Scots in the grueling 1,650 freestyle, and he placed as high as fourth at the Div. III Swimming & Diving Championships, where he turned in the still-standing school-record time of 16:03.56 as a junior. His four All-American certificates are tied for fourth all-time in program history in non-relay events. A two-time runner-up at the conference championships, Hungerford also set Wooster's school record in the 1,000 freestyle (9:42.04), and that record still stands.
Kauke captured six first-place finishes at the NCAC Track & Field Championships during his career, and hauled in eight all-conference certificates overall. He jump-started his stellar career with the winning time of 1:59.96 in the indoor 800 meters as a freshman, and in fact, book-ended his career with winning 800 times with a 1:56.29 as a senior at the outdoor championships.
Port was a consensus All-American and Great Lakes Region Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and D3hoops.com as a senior. A prolific scorer, Port ranked third and seventh in program and NCAC history respectively upon graduation with 1,784 points. Overall, Port earned five all-region certificates between the NABC and D3hoops.com, and earned both the NCAC Player and Newcomer of the Year honors during his career.
Tecklenburg competed at the 2000 Div. III Cross Country Championships, and at the conference level she never finished lower than seventh, thus becoming the lone harrier in program history to be a four-time first-team all-conference honoree. On the track, Tecklenburg earned seven all-conference certificates and was the NCAC's Most Valuable Performer in the middle distance events at the 2001 indoor championship.
Thompson earned NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors as a senior on the soccer pitch, and picked up a third first-team All-NCAC certificates to cap her career. She played on Wooster's first-ever NCAA Tournament team and helped the Scots to the first two conference titles in program history. Then, she joined the track & field team as a senior and earned three all-conference certificates on relays.
Of note, two of this year's inductees already have family members in the W Association Hall of Fame. Bayuk's older brother, Stephen '00, was inducted in 2014 and earned nine All-American certificates as a swimmer. Thompson's mother, Lois '73, who competed as a member of the 1968 United States Olympic team, helped start the women's track & field program at the College.