NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s tennis was capped the 2011-12 campaign as the No. 29 program in the nation according to the final poll released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Kathryn Schmidt ’12 (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) became the first Knights tennis player—male or female—to earn All-America honors all four years.
Schmidt wraps up her collegiate career as the ITA’s No. 13-ranked singles player in the nation and partnered with Erin Gudul ’12 (North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View) to become the country’s No. 24-ranked doubles pairing, the third nationally ranking for this duo.
This was the third straight year that Carleton was nationally-ranked all season long, climbing as high as No. 20 to match 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 (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 to claim 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.
Schmidt is not only the third Carleton tennis player to advance to the national tournament all four years—joining Dave Treichel ’87 and Tom James ’89—but she also joins Phoebe Anderson ’98 as the only Carleton tennis players to be nationally-ranked at season’s end all four years. Schmidt was ranked No. 18 after her rookie campaign, finished at No. 12 the following year before tying for No. 20 last season. She earned All-America distinction by finishing in the Top 20 of the final ITA rankings.
Schmidt went 22-6 this season and finished with a spectacular 37-1 career mark against MIAC Competition, all at first singles. She went 76-19 overall in singles matches during her career, with 14 of those setbacks coming against ranked opponents and the other five versus Division I or Division II foes.
Gudul and Schmidt combined for an 11-3 ledger this season and a 55-15 dual match record during four seasons together. Over that span, the pair boasts an unbelievable 32-1 mark against MIAC opponents.
Bridget Doyle (Mendota Heights, Minn.) closed her junior season ranked No. 23 in the central region as she put together a 13-8 record in singles. This is the third straight year she’s been ranked at the conclusion of the campaign.