Spotlight: Student-Athlete Danielle Senf

Senior basketball player Danielle Senf (Blanchardville, Wis./Pecatonica) set a school record this season with 11 steals in a game against Alma College. Senf is one of the best defensive players, not only in the MIAA, but the country. She is second all–time in school history for career steals. The MIAA has twice recognized Senf as an All–MIAA Second Team honoree.

In each of the past three seasons, Senf has been among the top 30 players in the country in steals per game. Now, she ranks 11th with 4.2 steal per game, the highest of her career. She finished her sophomore campaign ranked 13th in the country and her junior season 27th.

In addition to being the leading scorer, Senf is in the top 100 in assists per game, with an average of 3.9 per game this season. During her career, Senf has consistently been a conference leader in scoring, assists, steals and rebounding.

Academics play a big role in this psychology major′s life as she nears graduation with a 3.66 grade–point average. Each season Senf has been named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for achieving at least a 3.3 GPA for an academic year.

Winter Recaps


The Thunder wrestling team is showing outstanding improvement this season. Three wrestlers have been ranked in the Top 10 by Junior All–American Elias Larson defeated several Division I and II opponents, and his record is impressive headed into the post–season, where he has been ranked first for most of the season, dropping only one match to a Division III opponent.

Fellow junior Ryan Pieper was ranked seventh at one point as he faced several Top 10 opponents, picking up a handful of wins, including a third–place finish. Senior George Markou has been ranked as high as 10th in the rankings taking home several top finishes at tournaments. Pieper and Markou picked up big wins at the Midwest Classic over several Division II wrestlers and both went undefeated at the Chuck Porter Duals.

Indoor Track and Field

The Thunder indoor track team started 2012 off right, as the men won the first Trine Invitational of the season while the women finished third. Trine also turned in top performances in the second indoor invitational (not scored).

The men′s team picked up nine wins, including back–to–back wins by junior Dustin Stutzman in the shot put. Other individual winners include Nate Grigsby in the long jump, senior Andrew Stein in the triple jump, junior Matt Burgess in the 5000–meter and freshman Tyler Bourdo in the 400–meter. The men′s relay squads swept the three events at the first invitational winning the 4x200–meter, 4x400–meter and the 4000–meter distance medley.

On the women′s side, junior Annalisa Krug picked up second–place finishes in the 800–meter and 5000–meter races. Freshman Erika Rockwell turned in the top field event performance of the season with a second–place finish in the shot put. Junior Abigail Samuels and freshman Hanna Vollmer took bronze in the 800–meter and high jump, respectively.

Women′s Basketball

The women started the season 6–0, their best start since 1996–97, when they also started the year 6–0. Trine went against some tough competition as they faced two Top 15 teams in 10 days. The women split a pair of games over Christmas break in Florida before returning home to resume conference play.

The defense has remained tough, but the offense had some struggles to score as they dropped several close games. On Jan. 14, in a 70–54 win over Alma, senior Danielle Senf broke her own school record for steals, picking up 11. Senf currently sits second all–time in school history in steals.

Trine followed that up with one of the best defensive games Feb. 1, as they held Kalamazoo to just 24 points, the second fewest in school history. Although the team didn′t qualify for the four–team MIAA tournament, they secured a double–digit win season for the third time under Coach Barnes.

Men′s Basketball

The men′s basketball team secured their first winning season since the 2006–07 season, when they defeated Olivet on Feb. 11. The Thunder look to close out the season strong to secure a spot in the four–team MIAA Conference Tournament.

Junior Ian Jackson has led the Thunder in scoring all season, ranking in the top 50 in the country in scoring average. The offense has played well as they commit very few turnovers per game, ranking in the top 10 in Division III in both turnovers per game and turnover margin. Newcomer and sophomore Chris Kent has provided solid play at the point guard position as he leads the conference in assists per game.

For the first time since 2001, the men′s basketball program has two players with 1,000 career points at the same time. Juniors Scott Rogers and Ian Jackson have eclipsed the century mark this season, becoming the 41st and 42nd players and just the 13th duo in school history. Rogers picked up his 1,000th point against Albion Feb. 8 while Jackson hit the mark at the Defiance tournament against Knox on Dec. 30.

2012 Women's Golf Championships

For the first–time in school history, Trine University will host an NCAA national championship event – the 2012 Women’s Golf National Championship, which will be May 8-11 or May 9-12.

Volunteer Opportunities

More than 20 teams and six individuals will compete over the course of the entire week, and help will be needed in the following areas:

  • Scoring
  • Forecadding / Marshals
  • Hospitality
  • Transportation
  • Public Relations / Information
  • Registration / Parking

To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact the Trine University Athletic Department at (260) 665-4141.

Contributor Opportunities

Please consider becoming Trine University's partner as volunteer or local contributor in this honorable endeavor. The event, the course, the people and the local contributors will make this tournament a very special occasion for the entire community.

Contributor Levels:

  • Event Contributor
  • Hospitality Contributor
  • Banquet Contributor
  • Meal Contributor
  • Participant Contributor
  • Individual Contributor

Please contact Mike Ferrell for sponsorship opportunities at 260.665.4319 or e-mail Mike Ferrell.