Judson University Announces the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Class | Judson University Christian College

Judson University Announces the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

(Elgin, IL – September 9, 2021) Judson University will induct three new members in the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming and Family Weekend on Saturday, October 2. Two former Judson student-athletes and one former Judson coach will be inducted during homecoming weekend. The inductees encompass Judson’s Athletic History spanning across five decades. The class includes Ed Allen (Soccer/Basketball/Track & Field, 1971), Nicole Dimiceli (Softball 2011), and Karen Swanson (Women’s Volleyball Coach, 1992-1996). The induction ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Reed Room in Lindner Tower (1151 N. State Street, Elgin, IL 60123).

Ed Allen was an integral student-athlete to the Judson athletic department during the school’s first decade of competition. He participated in three different sports with the Eagles including soccer, basketball, and track. With the track team, Allen was a prominent runner. He was a Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference (NIIC) javelin champion and had reached the Olympic qualifying mark in the competition. He won numerous NIIC All-Conference awards and had school records upon leaving Judson in javelin, long jump, triple jump, and numerous team relays. Allen was a three-year letterwinner and was named the team’s most valuable athlete and inspirational athlete during the 1971 season. As a basketball player, Allen played four years, two as a varsity letterman, was named to the NIIC All-Conference team in 1970-1971 and was the team’s most improved player in 1971. As a soccer player, Allen was a two-time letter winner and won the team’s most improved player award in 1970.

Nicole Dimiceli was a four-time letterwinner for Judson University Softball and ranks among the all-time greats within the program. She made an impact immediately as a freshman, batting .436 with 20 doubles, 71 hits, and 21 walks, all top-10 marks in single-season program history. That effort earned her CCAC 1st Team All-Conference honors and an NCCAA All-American selection. In 2009, she repeated her conference top-team honors and NCCAA All-America recognitions. In 2010, Dimiceli set three single-season program records with 14 home runs, 78 total hits, and 68 RBI. Her 14 doubles that season is also a top-5 mark. Once again, she earned CCAC and NCCAA honors. Her senior season is her most decorated as she earned COSIDA Academic-All American honors, CCAC first-team All-Conference, and was an NCCAA All-American selection. Additionally, she was named Judson’s Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. She is first in program history in hits (284), RBI (209), and runs scored (176). She is second in program history in doubles (62), home runs (37), and batting average (.418).

Karen Swanson was the head coach of the best five-year run in program history. She led the Eagles to three NAIA Great Lakes Sectional Championships and three NCCAA National Tournament Appearances, finishing in the top five teams nationally each season. She holds the best winning percentage in program history at (.541) and is tied for the most wins in program history (111). Swanson coached four Judson Hall of Fame members during her tenure. Susan Boeskool Miller is one of the best setters in program history, holding numerous program records in assists and games played. She also is a member of the 1,000 digs club with 1,119. Jennifer Salazar was a 1993 NCCAA All-Tournament Team member, an NAIA District Rookie of the Year winner, and served as the team captain. Salazar coached the Eagles herself from 1997-2002 where she tied Swanson’s career wins total with 111 and was a three-time CCAC coach of the year. Jennifer Tynis Alderson accrued over 1,000 kills (1,213) and digs (1,650). She was an all-conference player with multiple NAIA and NCCAA regional team selections. She also coached the Eagles from 2003-2006. Nicole Wagner Skrzypchak was an NCCAA All-Region player for the Eagles and had a program record .358 career hitting percentage. She also was the 1996-1997 Judson Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Luncheon tickets for the event may be purchased for $30 at judsoneagles.com/homecoming2021.

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