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Fuel Your Competitive Spirit

Athletics at Saint Mary’s has something for every student, from NCAA Division III varsity competition to friendly-but-competitive intramural games to a wide variety of fitness and recreational opportunities. 

Intercollegiate Athletics

The NCAA Division III Saint Mary’s Cardinals compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Saint Mary’s provides student-athletes with the opportunity to succeed in the classroom and in athletic competition. Offering outstanding coaching and facilities, we emphasize academic integrity, social responsibility, and athletic excellence while adhering to the philosophies and ethical standards of the NCAA, the MIAC, and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

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Team sets goal to help Haiti

Being part of a team means working together toward a common goal. Sometimes that goal is crossing the finish line first, throwing the hardest, or jumping the farthest. But the Saint Mary’s University track and field team extended their typical team goals this summer to helping bring fresh water to a poor community in Haiti. Eight members of the track and field team, head coach Niels Anderson, and four other members of the Saint Mary’s community recently returned from Haiti, where they took part in a mission trip through Healing Haiti. Read more ›

A career by sophomore year

Mike Mezzano ’17 admits there was only one, very small negative aspect to having a job lined up early in his college career. During his senior year, when Mezzano found himself with a little extra free time, his friends were busy sending out résumés and lining up interviews. A double major in finance and business […] Read more ›

Graduate scores on the court and in class

Wylie Ferron ’17 may not be dressed in his usual Cardinal red, but he will definitely have the home-court advantage when he dons a cap and gown and hits the gym floor Saturday for Saint Mary’s University’s Winona commencement ceremony. As a three-year captain of the men’s basketball team, Ferron has engineered many successful basketball […] Read more ›

2 days, 2 sports, 2 Saint Mary’s no-hitters

It was a memorable 24 hours for Saint Mary’s University pitchers. R.J. Brown (Broadview, Ill.) tossed his second no-hitter of the season—becoming the first Saint Mary’s pitcher on record to post two no-hitters in one season—in leading the Cardinals to a 4-0 Game 1 win over Carleton Friday afternoon. Saturday morning, Saint Mary’s fastpitch hurler Ashley […] Read more ›

Sharing traits of high performers

By Emily Loof ‘18 The student-athletes of Saint Mary’s recently got a taste of what it is like to be a professional athlete—specifically, what it is like to be a Minnesota Viking. On April 3, performance coach Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D., visited Saint Mary’s to address a crowd of student-athletes, coaches, athletic staff, and other […] Read more ›

Ketterer nets career with USA Hockey

As a Cardinal hockey player, Andrew Ketterer ’14 scored some game-winning goals and made some amazing assists. Now that he’s netted a position with USA Hockey, Ketterer’s goal hasn’t changed all that much. As coordinator of social media and digital content, Ketterer is still assisting with promoting the sport of hockey. Only now, it’s on […] Read more ›

Game plan for success

Their paths may not have crossed during their collegiate days, but Tom Rice ’82, Josh Takagishi ’98, Amanda Weinmann ’07 and a host of others share a common bond—or two. Not only were they successful athletes during their time at Saint Mary’s, but they also excelled in the classroom and beyond. Rice, a four-year letterwinner […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s recognized nationally for community service project

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota student-athlete Jase Pater will be the first to admit … he never expected this. What started out as a class project—a senior thesis in his Case Studies in Public Relations course—Pater’s efforts to organize and coordinate the “Jogging For Jack Superhero 5K” earned national attention on Monday, when […] Read more ›

Tschida named to national coaches’ hall of fame

WINONA, Minn. — Elite. According to Dictionary.com, elite is defined as: • The best of anything. Look up the definition in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association “dictionary,” and elite is defined more specifically: • John Tschida. Friday evening, as part of the NFCA’s 2016 convention in New Orleans, Tschida’s elite status will once again be […] Read more ›

Newsum closes out career with 66th at NCAAs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jovan Newsum (Glendale Heights, Ill.) had a simple goal heading into his final collegiate cross country meet—make his last race his best race. And the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota senior did just that—and more. Newsum, competing in his second NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships, turned in the best eight-kilometer performance […] Read more ›

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports at Saint Mary’s offer a fun way to stay fit, enjoy friendly (but fierce!) competition, and make connections. Options include team sports, individual sports, and special events. The goal is an activity for everyone and everyone in an activity.

Intramural and club sports include ballroom dancing, basketball, broomball, cheerleading, dance team, dodgeball, fencing, flag football, handball, hockey, kickball, rugby, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, softball, Ultimate Frisbee®, volleyball (indoor and sand), water polo, and wiffleball.

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Recreation and Fitness

From group exercise to swimming to yoga, 5K fun runs to the Challenge Ropes Course, and many other outdoor activities, Saint Mary’s community members stay active, healthy, and engaged through a wide variety of recreational opportunities for all. Saint Mary’s provides outstanding facilities, safe equipment, and tremendous outdoor opportunities in our beautiful Winona region.

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