The University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Athletics has announced its 2018 inductees into the UMSL Sports Hall of Fame.
The class of seven former student-athletes and one team includes: Andi Dimke (men’s tennis), Weslie Gaff Swayer (volleyball), Amie Koerner Eplee(women’s golf), Doug Kreitner (men’s golf), Bob Mutnansky (baseball), Todd Rick (men’s soccer), Clara Villa (women’s golf) and the 1993 baseball team.
This year’s induction ceremony and banquet will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the St. Louis Union Station Grand Hall. The inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the UMSL men’s basketball game on Saturday, February 10, 2018 against Missouri S&T.
ANDI DIMKE – Men’s Tennis (2006-09)
A three-time All-GLVC selection, Dimke compiled a career record of 53-16 in singles and 43-25 in doubles. Despite playing just three seasons, his 53 career singles wins ranks third all-time. As a junior, he was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year after posting a 23-3 record in singles play, including an 8-1 mark in GLVC matches. He earned a No. 53 national ranking in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II Men’s Rankings, while also garnering a No. 2 ranking in the Midwest Region. As a junior, Dimke helped UMSL to a 15-7 record and a spot in the NCAA Regional Tournament. He was 15-5 in singles and 16-6 in doubles and finished that year ranked No. 9 in the ITA Great Lakes Region. Dimke made an immediate impact on the court as a freshman, compiling a 15-8 singles record and earning GLVC Freshman of the Year accolades. Academically, Andi was a three-time GLVC Academic All-Conference selection and as a junior was a Second Team Academic All-American and was the GLVC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
WESLIE GAFF SWAYER – Volleyball (2008-11)
The only player in program history to be named All-Great Lakes Valley Conference all four years, Swayer left her mark on the Tritons program. She graduated ranking fourth all-time in career kills (1,140) and was also second in career hitting percentage (.331) and block solos (101), third in block assists (275) and fourth in total blocks (376). She earned First Team All-GLVC honors in each of her first three seasons and was also an AVCA All-Midwest Region pick each of those years, including a first team honoree as a freshman and junior. As a freshman, Gaff was tabbed the AVCA Midwest Region Freshman of the Year and the GLVC Freshman of the Year. As a junior, she helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament, which was just the program’s third.
AMIE KOERNER EPLEE – Women’s Golf (2008-10)
Eplee was the first player in program history to earn a bid to the NCAA Regional, where she competed as an individual her junior year (2009). She set a then-single season record with a scoring average of 79.95, while recording six top-five finishes and ranking 81st by GolfStat. The following year, as a senior Eplee helped the team to the program’s first-ever selection and the start of eight straight. She graduated with a career stroke average of 80.11, which ranked third. During her career, she also won three individual titles.
DOUG KREITNER – Men’s Golf (1997-2001)
Kreitner helped UMSL to two NCAA Regional Tournament and two NCAA Championship appearances during his four-year career. He owned a career stroke average of 77.36, which ranked third at his time of graduation. During his career, he won three individual titles and set a then 18-hole school record of 65 as a junior during the 1999-2000 season. Also as a junior, he finished fourth at the GLVC Championships to earn All-GLVC honors and finished the year with six top-five finishes. As a senior, he was the team’s top finisher at the NCAA DII Championships, placing 10th individually, while helping the team to a then-program co-best 12th place finish.
BOB MUTNANSKY – Baseball (1992-93)
A two-time All-MIAA and two-time All-Region performer, Mutnansky was a power hitter who helped UMSL to the NCAA Tournament in each of his two seasons. He left the program as the career leader in home runs with 24, ranked second in slugging percentage (.655), third in doubles (33) and fifth in home runs (99). As a junior, he earned First Team All-Region and Second Team All-MIAA honors after setting school records for home runs (13) and RBI’s (52) in a season. He helped the team to a 30-20 record – marking the program’s first 30-win season since 1977 – and the finals of the NCAA DII Central Regional Tournament. As a senior, he earned American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) First Team All-American honors and was also a First Team All-Region and First Team All-MIAA pick. He was named to the NCAA Central Regional All-Tournament team, helping the Rivermen advance to the NCAA DII World Series before finishing with a program-best 31-11 record.
TODD RICK – Men’s Soccer (1992-95)
A three-time all-region selection, Rick also earned Second Team All-American accolades and was named the MIAA MVP as a junior. He graduated ranking second all-time in career goals (33) and tied for second in career assists (21) and scoring (87 points). As a junior in 1994, Rick tied a single season record with 17 goals and scored 41 points, which was the second most. He started all 75 games during his career.
CLARA VILLA – Women’s Golf (2008-11)
A three-year member of the program, Villa was part of two NCAA Regional Tournament teams during her career. She graduated with a career scoring average of 79.8, which was third best all-time. As a junior during the 2009-10 season, she earned All-GLVC honors and was a two-time medalist, recording six top-10 finishes behind a 77.8 scoring average. She set a then school 36-hole record with a 145 at The Shootout at Auguila, which included a round of 70, the second lowest in program history. That year, Villa also helped UMSL to the program’s first-ever selection in the NCAA Tournament, wich was the start of eight straight bids. As a senior, she recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a pair of runner-up honors. Villa finished seventh at the GLVC Championships, while helping the team to a second place showing, which was the program’s best finish. Academically, Villa was a Second Team Academic All-District honoree.
1993 BASEBALL TEAM
Coached by Jim Brady, the 1993 baseball team accomplished quite a bit during their historic season. Not only did they set a then-school record with 31 victories, but they also won a regional title and advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series for the first time since 1977. In addition, they posted their 12th straight winning season, captured the MIAA South Division title and were ranked as high as eighth in the NCAA Division II national poll.
Although the Rivermen had a solid offensive lineup, pitching was the primary key to their success. The team’s 3.17 ERA ranked fifth nationally in Division II. Senior Andy Runzi (an UMSL Sports Hall of Famer) finished with a 9-2 record and a 2.15 ERA, while Greg Shepherd posted a then school record 11 saves, which also led the nation, and a 1.04 ERA. Runzi and Shepherd earned first and third team All-American honors, respectively, while Runzi was also named the MIAA and DII Central Region Pitcher of the Year.
Senior outfielder Bob Mutnansky was also a first team All-American, leading the Rivermen in hitting (.363), home runs (11) and RBIs (47).