Lexington, Ky. – Following a landmark year in Pioneer Athletics, the Transylvania Athletics department earned the 2018-19 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's All-Sport Trophy, the conference announced Monday afternoon.
The annual award, given out by the HCAC, is the third Women's All-Sports Trophy won by Transylvania during its span of membership in the conference.
Over the 2018-19 academic season, the Pioneers won regular-season conference titles in women's golf, volleyball, women's basketball, and women's lacrosse.
The Transylvania softball team finished as a runner-up in regular-season competition and won the conference tournament crown this past Saturday. Additional women's sports fared successfully in 2018-19; the Transylvania women's soccer team placed third in the HCAC regular-season and the Pioneer women's tennis team also finished in the top two of the conference standings.
The All-Sport trophy is calculated through a point system which awards points to each institution based upon their placing out of either nine or 10 teams in each respective sport. The Pioneers finished with 78.33 total points, finishing ahead of Hanover College with 78.17 points. Rose-Hulman took third with 67.3 points to round out a competitive top-three grouping.
In addition to the measurable regular-season successes, multiple Pioneer women's teams enjoyed record-setting performances and pioneered new pathways to unprecedented team achievements.
-The Transylvania women's soccer team recorded its highest finish in the HCAC standings in three years, earning the No. 3 seed. Under the leadership of legendary first-year head coach Patrick Farmer, the Pioneers turned in their best overall record in five seasons.
-Under third-year head coach Kevin Calhoun, the Pioneer women's tennis team returned to the HCAC Championship match for the first time in seven seasons during the fall 2018 campaign. Transylvania finished in second place during the regular season and matched that showing in tournament play. The 2018 run capped off a rapid turnaround for the Pioneers, who finished in sixth place in the HCAC just two seasons before.
-The Transylvania women's triathlon team commenced its inaugural season in the fall of 2018 and immediately began making waves. Freshman Elizabeth Moore achieved numerous All-Region accolades before completing her season as a CTCA All-American and a national runner-up in her classification at the Triathlon National Championships in Tempe, Arizona last November. Two Pioneer triathletes finished in the top-11 in their division at the National Championships.
-First-year head coach Amy Barmore guided the Transylvania volleyball team to an 8-1 run through the HCAC regular-season as the Pioneers won the outright HCAC regular-season championship for the first time in program history. Junior Jordan Horne was selected as the HCAC Offensive Player of the Year, making two straight seasons a Pioneer has won that individual accolade.
-For the first time in its program history, the Transylvania women's golf team won back-to-back HCAC Women's Golf Championships. Junior Rachel Fine was the second straight Pioneer to finish as a medalist on the individual leaderboard. The Pioneers will be journeying to its second consecutive NCAA National Championships for the first time ever later this month in Houston, Texas at Bay Oaks Country Club.
-The Transylvania women's basketball team put together its best season in school history, reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 round for the first time in the history of the program while setting new records for win totals (27) and win percentage (.900). The Pioneers also furnished the nation's leader in three-point shooting, senior Celia Kline, who hit 100 triples on the season and ranked second in three-point percentage at 48.1 percent.
-Junior Sarah Haerle repeated as the champion in the women's 200 breaststroke at the 2019 HCAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Junior Mattie Fogle joined Haerle as an individual champion this season, winning the title in the women's 1650 freestyle race.
-The Transylvania cheer team recorded its highest point total in program history at the 2019 NCA Collegiate National Championships to finish in eighth place in its division.
-Senior Abby Blackburn of the Transylvania eventing team and her horse, Dior HH, won the USEA's Novice Intercollegiate Division to become the champion in that event.
-For the second straight year, the Pioneer women's lacrosse team won their regular-season and conference tournament titles, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history. The Pioneers ranked seventh in the nation in scoring offense and fifth nationally in scoring defense. Transylvania women's lacrosse won by a margin of 12.3 goals per game, ranking fourth-best in NCAA Division III.
-The Transylvania track and field teams produced multiple individual champions as 2019 witnessed a youth movement from head coach Taylor Throckmorton's evolving teams. Freshman Taylor Allen captured the HCAC Indoor Championship in the women's 400 meters and followed up on that win by winning the women's 400 meters championship at the HCAC Outdoor Championships last month. Junior multisport athlete Rian Boelter delivered an individual championship in the women's triple jump at the HCAC Outdoor Championships and became the third Pioneer in program history to earn USTFCCA All-Region honors for Indoor Track and Field. Boelter was also part of the HCAC Champion Transylvania volleyball team.
-Transylvania softball continued its reign over the HCAC, finishing in the top two of the conference regular-season standings for the fourth straight year. After finishing as the conference's runner-up by half a game during the regular season, the Pioneers blasted through the HCAC Conference Tournament, going 3-0 on the way to cementing an NCAA Tournament berth for the third straight year. Sophomore Kameron Bowling was named the HCAC Tournament's Most Valuable Player while four Pioneers were selected to the All-Tournament Team. It's the first time in program history the Pioneers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament for three consecutive seasons.
The All-Sports Award has been given out to the most successful women's and men's athletic departments in the conference since the 1994 season when the HCAC was known as the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Currently, there are 11 women's sports sponsored by the HCAC and HCLC, including tennis, golf, soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, swimming and diving, lacrosse, and indoor and outdoor track and field.
Log on to TransySports.com to track all of Transylvania's spring sports teams as they compete in their respective NCAA Tournaments.
Visit HeartlandConf.org to view the full totals for the all-sport award