Nebraska Claims Big 12 All-Sports Title

By NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln -- With a league-best seven regular-season championships and four conference tournament titles, Nebraska regained the top spot in the Omaha World-Herald Big 12 Conference composite all-sports standings

The Huskers earned 194 points in the 2000 World-Hearld competition by winning conference titles in football, volleyball, soccer and men?s and women?s indoor and outdoor track. NU also won postseason Big 12 titles in football, soccer, baseball and softball.

Second-place Texas, with 167 points, won three regular-season titles and one postseason title after placing first in 1999. Texas A&M ranked third with 136 points. Missouri and Oklahoma rounded out the top five with 128 points each.

Points were awarded on finish in the conference: 12 points for first, 11 for second, 10 for third and so on. Five bonus points were awarded to the winners of the tournaments in baseball, softball, soccer and men?s and women?s basketball.

Regular season standings were used for football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and tennis. Postseason meet scoring was used for wrestling, cross country, track and field, swimming, women?s gymnastics and golf. Schools not participating in a particular sport received no points for that sport.

In the four-year history of the Big 12, Nebraska has captured 23 regular-season titles, a conference-high 27 percent. Husker women?s programs have accounted for 15 of the 23 titles for a conference-high 34 percent.

Nebraska also placed sixth in the final Sears Directors' Cup released Wednesday. The Huskers, who have placed in the top 12 in each of the past five seasons, received top-10 finishes in nine different NCAA sanctioned sports, including a second-place finish in football, a third-place showing by rifle and fourth and fifth-place finishes by women's gymnastics and soccer, respectively. In addition, the Husker bowling team also placed third at their national championship this season. NU was the highest Big 12 finisher, as Texas placed ninth overall.

1999-2000 Sears Directors' Cup
Division I Final Standings (released June 20)

Rank Institution Final Total
1 Stanford (Cal.) 1359.5
2 California-Los Angeles 1153.5
3 Michigan 965
4 Penn State 909.5
5 North Carolina 908.5
6 Nebraska 906
7 Florida 842
8 Arizona 837.5
9 Texas 801
10 Louisiana State 764
11 Arizona State 733
12 Georgia 728.5
13 Virginia 698.5
14 Ohio State 682
15 California 671.5
16 Southern California 666.5
17 Wisconsin 661.5
18 Brigham Young (Utah) 658
19 Minnesota 627
20 Tennessee 621

1999-2000 NCAA Champions
Nicole Allaire, rifle - smallbore
Heather Brink, women?s gymnastics - all-around and vault
Adam Pine, men?s swimming - 100-meter butterfly
Brad Vering, wrestling - 197 pounds

1999-2000 Nebraska Big 12 Athletes of the Year
Eric Crouch, football, Co-Offensive Player of the Year
Nancy Meendering, volleyball
Sharlota Nonen, soccer
Heather Brink, gymnastics
Chris Chander, men?s indoor track
Shane Komine, Baseball

1999-2000 Nebraska Big 12 Coaches of the Year
Frank Solich, football
John Walker, soccer
Dan Kendig, gymnastics
Gary Pepin, women?s indoor track, men?s outdoor track, women?s outdoor track

1999-2000 Nebraska All-Americans
Name, Sport (Events)

First-Team All-Americans
Nicole Allaire, Rifle (air rifle and smallbore)
Nancy Meendering, Volleyball
Ralph Brown, Football
Mike Brown, Football
Heather Brink, Women?s Gymnastics (all-around, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise)
A.J. Lamb, Women?s Gymnastics (floor exercise)
Jeff Armitage, Indoor Track (35-pound weight throw)
Carrie Braness, Indoor Track (high jump)
Chris Chandler, Indoor Track (200 meters)
Eric Eshbach, Indoor Track (pole vault)
Cheryl Harmon, Indoor Track (4x400-meter relay)
Sheldon Hutchinson, Indoor Track (triple jump)
Dalhia Ingram, Indoor Track (triple jump); Outdoor Track, (long jump and triple jump)
Stella Klassen, Indoor Track (400 meters)
Shaun Kologinczak, Indoor Track (high jump)
Lesley Owusu, Indoor Track (4x400-meter relay); Outdoor Track, (400 meters)
Jelena Stanisavljevic, Indoor Track (4x400-meter relay)
Jessica Thompson, Indoor Track (high jump)
Todd Beckerman, Wrestling
Paul Gomez, Wrestling
Bryan Snyder, Wrestling
Brad Vering, Wrestling
Michael Windisch, Men?s Swimming (400-meter IM, 800-meter freestyle relay 400-meter freestyle)
Adam Pine, Men?s Swimming (100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle relay, 400-meter medley relay)
Anthony Rogis, Men?s Swimming (800-meter freestyle relay, 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle relay)
Javier Botello, Men?s Swimming (800-meter freestyle relay, 400-meter freestyle relay, 400-meter medley relay)
Peter Fry, Men?s Swimming (800-meter freestyle relay, 400-meter freestyle relay)
Valery Kalmikovs, Men?s Swimming (200-meter breaststroke)
Dusty Jakub, men?s gymnastics (parallel bars)
Derek Leiter, men?s gymnastics (all-around, vault)
Asher Lichterman, men?s gymnastics (vault)
Helene Muller, Women?s Swimming (200-meter freestyle 100-meter freestyle)
Sharolta Nonen, Soccer (Defender, NSCAA)
Shane Komine, Baseball
Carrie Braness, Outdoor Track, (High Jump)
Cassi Morelock Outdoor Track,(Javelin)
Melissa Price ,Outdoor Track, (Hammer)

Other Huskers who earned All-America Honors
Amanda Trujillo, Rifle (air rifle and smallbore)
Amy Ringo, Women?s Gymnastics (floor exercise)
Julie Houk, Women?s Gymnastics (uneven bars)
Nicole Wilkinson, Women?s Gymnastics (balance beam)
Erik Cook, Men?s Diving (one meter diving)
Erik Wiken, Men?s Swimming (400-meter medley relay)
Carlos Oliva, Men?s Swimming (400-meter medley relay)
Shandra Johnson, Women?s Swimming (400-meter freestyle 200-meter freestyle)
Elvira Fischer, Women?s Swimming (200-meter breaststroke)
Isabelle Morneau, Soccer (Defender, NSCAA)
Justin Cowan, Baseball
Leigh Ann Walker, Softball
Jennifer Lizama, Softball


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