SAN ANTONIO, Texas--Adrian College Bass Fishing caught some good news this month by earning the top spot in the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing School of the Year (SOY) standings, presented by Abu Garcia, and seeing four anglers garner All-America accolades.
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the nation for the third time in their history and set a program record by doing so this early in the season. Rising junior Cody Batterson (Pleasant Hill, Iowa), and rising seniors Chase Serafin (Highland, Mich.), Jack Hippe (Davison, Mich.) and junior Nick Czajka (Brighton, Mich.) are Adrian's first Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) All-Americans in two seasons with also four honorees. The 26-member FLW All-American Team is based on a body of work and consistent finishes throughout the season that culminates with the FLW National Championships in May.
The following are comments from Coach Borton on each All-America honoree:
Jack Hippe: "Jack's attention to detail and experience makes him a real contender in any event he fishes. He has an unquenchable desire to get better and the success he has seen as a member of our team proves how good of an angler he really is. He works really hard at his craft and there aren't too many at the collegiate level that out work him on the water. His selection to the all-American team comes as no surprise me."
Nick Czajka: "Nick is a real 'fishy' kid. He has an uncanny ability to almost think like a fish. This really allows him to adapt to different conditions and choose different presentations that others might not think of. He has been a huge addition to our team since transferring in two years ago. Being selected as one of the nation's top 20 anglers speaks volumes of Nick's ability and potential as an angler."
Cody Batterson: "Cody has been tournament fishing for a long time and has all the experience and foundation He has really showed up in a big way this season. Cody and his partner won two events last season, culminating with a seventh-place finish at the national championships. Cody has a quiet confidence in his ability but his performances have spoken loud and clear regarding his angling ability. Being selected to the all-American team put a real exclamation point on his sophomore campaign."
Chase Serafin: "Chase's all-American selection solidifies him as a force to be reckoned with entering his senior season. Chase's two major tournament wins and seventh-place finish at the national championships sets the stage for a huge senior season. He's worked really hard to position himself as one of the nation's best anglers and it's great to see all his hard work paying off."
In the first Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) poll of the season, Adrian received 1,500 points to outpace second-place Bemidji State University with 1435 and Bethel University (Tenn.), 1380. The Bulldogs earned 640 points at the FLW Fishing League Worldwide Collegiate National Championships, 360 at the BassMaster Championships and 500 at the FLW Northern Conference event#1.
Collegiatebasschampionship website wrote in a news release: "Adrian College currently sits atop the standings for the Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Located in Adrian, Michigan, these northern anglers have competed at a very high level the past several seasons and are looking to break through this year to take home the prestigious title. In this quest to be the nation's best, Adrian College got off to an early start at the FLW college championship. Nicholas Czajka and Jack Hippe weighed in 30 pounds and 14 ounces of Red River bass to finish in fourth place overall at this event.
From Louisiana, the college bass fishing spotlight shifted to Lake Tenkiller in northeast Oklahoma for the Bassmaster College Series National Championship. Placing just inside the top 20, marking the team's lowest finish of the season thus far, Nick Marsh and Jarrod Layton worked a stingy Lake Tenkiller to bring in a total of 14-1 claiming 18th overall. During this same week, fellow teammates Myles Jackman and Zachary Graham stayed up north to fish in a FLW Northern Regional. The pair weighed in 20-2 to claim first place and earn a total of 500 points in the SOY race. With three solid finishes in the books, Adrian College has a total of 1,500 points to start this young season."
This marks the third time in program history--but the earliest in their competition schedule--that the Bulldogs have been ranked first in the nation. They also were at the pinnacle of the college fishing world in September 2015 during their first season of competition and September 2017 at the conclusion of those seasons.
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(Editor's note: Collegiatebasschampionship.com contributed to this news release.)