SAN ANTONIO, Texas--For the third time in its four-year history, the Adrian College bass fishing program has ended its schedule ranked No. 1 in the national rankings by the Association of Collegiate Anglers. More importantly, Adrian is in the lead for the Cabela's School of the Year standings, presented by Abu Garcia, at almost the halfway point in the season.
Adrian has compiled 2,900 points over 12 events to outdistance second-ranked McKendree University which has 2,525, then Grand Valley State University (2,480), Murray State University (2,370), Bethel (Tenn.) University (2,140), Bemidji State University (1,875), University of Louisiana-Monroe (1,760), Bryan (Tenn.) College (1,590), Blue Mountain (Miss.) College (1,570) and Campbellsville University (1,555).
The Bulldogs picked up 415 points at their last confirmed event on the schedule with the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Dardanelle in Rogersville, Ark., on Oct. 13-14, to end 2018. Jack Hippe and Griffin Fernandes finished with a two-day total of 22.70 lbs. That was good enough for an 18th place finish and 415 points.
"There is no doubt that being in the lead is where you want to be," says bass fishing coach Seth Borton, who is in his fourth year at the helm. "It definitely generates some additional excitement within our team, as well as our team sponsors."
Since it began the 2018 schedule back on Feb. 11, this Bulldogs squad has established a plethora of program benchmarks: earliest No. 1 ACA ranking (Aug. 9), overall multiple rankings during the season (four), consecutive No. 1 weeks (three: Sep. 21, Oct. 8 and Oct. 19) and leading the Cabela's SOY points lead this late in the circuit's season. In all, Adrian has been listed No. 1 six times since the end of 2015.
The Michigan anglers took hold of the top spot when the SOY results were first released during the summer, and they have yet to relinquish the number one place in the standings. "Everybody on the team is extremely excited, but also humbled," Hippe stated. "We have finally managed to maintain the lead, which really got myself and all of the guys wondering (about what could be)."
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