July 2, 2014

Zips Athletics Celebrates 2013-14 Highlights In Annual Report

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AKRON, Ohio – From winning the Reese Trophy as the top overall men’s athletics program in the Mid-American Conference for the first time, to Shawn Barber and Annika Roloff each capturing national championships in the pole vault, the 2013-14 academic year was among the finest ever for student-athletes at The University of Akron.

Those moments and many other outstanding achievements from the previous year are touted in the Zips Athletics Annual Report, which was released Wednesday.

Read the 2013-14 Zips Athletics Annual Report here

During 2013-14, the Zips produced five conference championship-winning programs as men's soccer swept MAC regular season and tournament titles, women's basketball captured its first ever league tournament crown, and women's swimming and diving and men's indoor track and field each chased down team titles at their MAC Championship meets.

Additionally, rifle secured three team championships with top-team honors for the smallbore and air rifle divisions in the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference and its third consecutive smallbore title in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.

On the national level, men's soccer became one of just eight Division I programs to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season, women's basketball went dancing for the first time in the 40-year history of its program, and track and field saw both its women's (10th) and men's (20th) teams finish in the top 20 of the team standings at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Individually, nine Zips student-athletes were presented 13 All-America honors while 96 received all-conference recognition, including 50 first team selections. UA excelled in the classroom as well in 2013-14 as 56 Zips earned academic all-conference honors, including CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Reinaldo Brenes (third team) from men's soccer and Rachel Tecca (first team) from women's basketball. 

UA Athletics fields 19 men's and women's varsity teams, comprised of more than 450 student-athletes. The Zips compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the NCAA's Division I and are a member of the Mid-American Conference. The rifle team (coed) competes in the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference and Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference.