NORTHFIELD, Minn. – As part of Carleton College’s Alumni Reunion Weekend activities, four new members will be welcomed into the 'C' Club Athletic Hall of Fame. The 38th annual induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 22 at the Weitz Center for Creativity.
The 2013 induction class includes women’s distance runner Laura Bloedorn ’03, football defensive lineman Troy Ethen ’88, men’s swimmer Max Harper ’98, and men’s diver Ken Potts ’83.
The ‘C’ Club Hall of Fame was established in 1976 at which time 19 Carleton legends were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. With this year’s additions, 144 individuals and two entire teams have now been selected for induction.
Laura Bloedorn ’03
CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK & FIELD
A two-time All-American in the 10,000-meter run and nine-time MIAC champion overall, Laura Bloedorn left her mark as one of the top distance runners in Carleton history. She qualified for the NCAA Championships a total of six times in cross country and track and field.
Her first trip to the national outdoor meet came in 2001 as a sophomore and resulted in an All-America performance—eighth place—in the 10,000-meter run and All-America honorable mention in the 5,000-meter run. She turned in a total of 17 All-MIAC performances and five of her nine career MIAC titles on the track came during the 2003 indoor and outdoor seasons.
That final year of competition for the Knights was one for the ages, including three trips to nationals. At the MIAC Cross Country Championships that fall, Bloedorn placed second overall and became only the second Carleton female runner to earn all-conference honors all four years of her career. She made her second straight trip to the NCAA Championships, leading the Knights to their first team qualification since 1995.
Bloedorn was first to the line in the 3,000- and 5,000- meter runs at the MIAC Indoor Championships and anchored the Knights’ victorious distance medley. She made her first trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships that winter and picked up All-America Honorable Mention with ninth-place finish in the 5K.
At the conference outdoor meet that spring, Bloedorn won her second straight 5,000-meter title and completed a three-peat in the 10,000-meter run. She returned to nationals and picked up All-America distinction with a seventh-place result in the 10K. She added All-America honorable mention at the 5,000-meter distance.
Bloedorn received the Pat Lamb award, which recognizes Carleton female athletes for their combined academic and athletic achievements.
Troy Ethen ’88
A four-year starter, Troy Ethen established himself as a force on the gridiron scene at both defensive end and defensive tackle en route to setting the Knights’ record with 22.0 career sacks.
He was the 1985 recipient of the Matt Zell Award for outstanding sophomore football player and picked up all-conference honorable mention that season. He was an All-MIAC second-team pick the following season, and as a senior captain in 1987, Ethen established two defensive records that still stand 25 years later.
In a Sept. 21 contest at Augsburg, he recorded 4.5 sacks. Not only has no Knight surpassed that total, but Carleton football history lists only one other player tallying more than three sacks in any contest. To go along with his single-game record, Ethen also established the program record with 10 sacks that season.
Following the completion of that campaign, the conference coaches voted Ethen to the All-MIAC first team. He also received the Lippert Award, which recognizes the player who contributes the most to the Carleton football team.
The Knights held the “Goat Trophy” only twice in the two decades prior to his arrival, but Ethen’s play helped Carleton top St. Olaf in 1985, 1986 and again in 1987 to launch the Knights’ longest run of success ever in the battle for this famed keepsake.
Max Harper ’98
One of the most accomplished swimmers in Carleton history, Max Harper won 11 individual MIAC titles, including the rare four-peat in the 100-yard breaststroke. He qualified for the NCAA Championships four times, where he earned status as an All-American four times and added a trio of All-America honorable mention performances.
He burst onto the swimming scene as a rookie, winning conference crowns in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 backstroke. He turned in his first All-America swim that season, taking seventh place at nationals in the 100 breaststroke and added a 10th-place showing in the 200 breaststroke to receive his first All-America honorable mention.
There was no sophomore slump as Harper nabbed the top spot at the MIAC Championships in three events: the 200 individual medley plus the 100 and 200 breaststroke. At the NCAA meet, he turned in a trio of All-America swims, including national runner-up in the 100 breaststroke plus a fifth-place finish in the 200 breaststoke and eighth-place showing in the 200 IM.
He was MIAC champ in those three events again in 1997 and 1998 and picked up All-America Honorable Mention in the 100 breaststroke as a junior and senior. Harper still holds Carleton top-10 times in five different events, including the school record (56.26) for the 100 breaststroke.
He was a four-year member of the CSCAA’s All-Academic Team and was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team in 1998. Harper received the swim team’s Warnecke Award, which is presented each year to the senior who made the greatest contribution to the squad, and was Carleton’s recipient of the Warren Beson Award for athletic and academic excellence.
Ken Potts ’83
When a gymnastics injury forced him to give up one sport and try another, Ken Potts started diving the summer prior to his enrollment at Carleton. That switch ended up being a stroke of luck for the Knights, as Potts went on to become one of the most decorated divers in Carleton history.
He claimed Midwest Conference titles in 1982 and again in 1983, a year in which he went undefeated during the regular season. As a junior, he became the first Carleton swimmer or diver in more than a decade to compete at the national championships as he finished 15th and 24th on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, respectively. He returned to the NCAA Championships as a senior and finished ninth in both diving competitions en route to twice securing All-America distinction.
Potts owned every Carleton diving record until 2011—both the six- and eleven-dive performances on each board—and he still holds the eleven-dive marks on the 1- and 3-meter boards, scoring 499.15 and 511.70 respectively.
He was the 1983 recipient of the men’s swimming and diving team’s Warnecke Award, which recognizes the senior who made the greatest contributions to the squad through leadership, sportsmanship, and scholarship. He still holds pool records at a number of colleges across the upper Midwest.
Also a two-year member of the men’s track and field team, Potts competed in the long and triple-jumps. As a sophomore, he co-founded the Carleton Triathlon and returned to complete the event at 30th anniversary in 2011.