Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Jamie Bickelhaupt and Jon Zirna

Marshall Hastings
Assistant Sports Editor

 

 

 

Jamie Bickelhaupt

Photo Credit: www.spfldcol.edu
Photo Credit: http://www.spfldcol.edu

Bickelhaupt pulled down 15 rebounds to go along with 7 points, 4 assists, and a block, leading the Women’s Basketball team to a 61-33 victory over Emerson on Saturday. In a 48-32 win against MCLA on January, 22nd, Bickelhaput led the Pride with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while getting to the free throw line 12 times.

Q. As a Senior captain, how did you prepare for this year, knowing it would be your last?
A.  Knowing it was my last season made me want to come out with a bigger season than last. It’s hard to do that knowing we won the NEWMAC last year, but we want to get further in the NCAA tournament this year, so coming into season in shape

Q. What has been the biggest key to your personal and team success this year?
A. The biggest key to my personal success is to keep my eye on my personal strengths and weaknesses. Throughout the practices, work on what I need to get better at more and keep my strengths strong as well. The biggest key to our team success is our defense. Also, we have a balanced scoring line so teams don’t have to shut down one person, they have to shut down 4-5 girls to win the game.

Q. You’re sitting in a three-way tie atop the NEWMAC’s. What do you have to do as a team to remain there and claim a NEWMAC title?
A. In order to remain and finish at the top we need to bring our best play to every game. We can’t have any let ups because each game matters. Every team is coming after us, so it’s what team is going to take the fall to a team that is not one of us. We still play Babson in February so that is also a key win we’re going to need come the end of regular season play.

Jon Zirna

Photo Credit: www.spfldcol.edu
Photo Credit: http://www.spfldcol.edu

Zirna paced the Pride Men’s Gymnastics team to a second place finish at the Navy Open, setting a school record on the parallel bars with a score of 14.65, breaking the record of 14.55 in 2010 by Ty Evans. In 2014, Zirna claimed the Springfield record on the Pommel Horse with a score of 15.150. The PA major posted a team high 14.30 in the parallel bars at the Army Invitational.

Q. What type of preparation did you have to go through to claim two school records on parallel and pommel?
A. I have been fortunate enough to have the coaches that I have that try to come in every day and help us fix one more aspect of our routines to get us that much closer to where we want to be this year. This year we have set high aspirations as a team, which definitely contributed to me breaking the SC parallel bar record. I would say that my teammates have a lot to do with me breaking this record because as much as I try to push them, they push me twice as hard.

Q. What does it mean to have both records as a junior?
A. It’s an incredible feeling to have both records as a junior. It’s great to know there is more to come, but records are meant to be broken. I hope we are leading this team in the right direction to have the freshman and sophomores break more in the future. It is just nice to know I have made an impact at SC Men’s Gymanstics.

Q. How can you use getting the records as motivation for the rest of the season?
A. I can use these records to give me confidence in meets and to allow me to also realize there is more ahead. We have only had two meets so far. It’s a long season. By no means am I going to be complacent. I’m going to work hard and do everything I can to contribute to our team goals this year and to my own personal goals.

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