About the Program
The Knights have enjoyed a great deal of success over the years, earning national rankings throughout the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons. Carleton climbed as high as No. 20 in 2012, matching the program’s highest ranking since 1996. The Knights were also listed at No. 5 in this year’s final central region rankings.
The Knights earned the MIAC’s regular-season title in 2012 (their fourth overall and first since winning three straight from 1985-87) by dethroning 20-time defending champion Gustavus Adolphus College. A week later, Carleton defeated the Gusties for the third time that season and claimed the conference’s playoff crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships. The Knights blanked Grinnell College in the opening round of the tournament before falling to national runners-up University of Chicago.
Regionally ranked for the past 13 years, Carleton has finished in the top three of the MIAC standings 20 times since joining the conference in 1983 and qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1995, 1996, 2005 and 2012. The Knights have also enjoyed success in the classroom, being named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team recipient every year since the award began.
Four-time All-American Kathryn Schmidt ’12 advanced to the NCAA Championships each year and became the second Knight to be nationally-ranked at season’s end all four years, landing among the nation’s top 20 singles players each time.
2012 MIAC Playoff Champions