WAYNE – A trio of Wayne State College women’s rugby athletes were recently featured as All-Americans.
According to a release from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) on July 18, the 2018-19 Women’s All-Americans were announced.
Among the 25 women, Wayne State College ruggers Anna Fleecs, Brook Hoesing and Kennedy Jones were tabbed with All-American honors.
The Wayne State College women’s rugby program was recently crowned 7s champions this spring following a victory over the University of Rochester as this marked their fifth NSCRO 7s title in six years. Jones and Hoesing were listed on the All-Tournament team as Jones was also tabbed as MVP. Fleecs also took home All-Championship Team honors along with Hoesing and Jones last fall during the 15s national title.
Wayne State swept both NSCRO national championships after winning the 15-on-15 tourney last fall and have now won 10 total NSCRO titles.
Another athlete in the region was Eden Liebenthal of the University of South Dakota while Jasmyn Nash of MSU Moorhead was also listed.
The selection committee worked with coaches around the country to identify the twenty-five exceptional women who make up this annual NSCRO Women’s All-Americans list. This year’s list is comprised of three freshmen, six sophomores, eight juniors, seven seniors and one graduate student.
On the men’s side, 25 earned 2018-19 NSCRO All-American honors while another 25 were tabbed as Rising Stars.
NSCRO has over 6,500 active men’s collegiate players. Many were considered based on club nominations submitted to NSCRO, reports from NSCRO scouts at their playoffs and at the All-Star National Championship.
This year’s All-Americans include six 2018 All-Americans along with ten 2018 Rising Stars rising to full All-American status plus nine new selections. The Rising Stars saw five players from 2018 receiving this honor again plus 20 new selections.
NSCRO All American recipients have been determined by the selection committee to be the preeminent collegiate players within NSCRO. These 25 All Americans have demonstrated their skills, commitment and physical dominance that have made them stand out amongst their peers.