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FLORENCE, Ala. — This past Thursday saw the Bethel Wildcats Bass Fishing Team finish in sixth place in the ACA School of the Year points race. A total of 319 competed the 2019-2020 season.The …
FLORENCE, Ala. — This past Thursday saw the Bethel Wildcats Bass Fishing Team finish in sixth place in the ACA School of the Year points race. A total of 319 competed the 2019-2020 season.
The Bass Cats finished in the top seven every year since the conception of the School of the Year Points competition which began in 2012. The Wildcats Bass Team won the School of the Year race in 2018 and finished in second place last season behind McKendree University.
The ACA School of the year champions were awarded during the Bass Pro Collegiate National Championship held this past week in Florence, Alabama. Bethel University had four teams competing in the national championship this year.
The Bass Cats team of Tristan McCormick and Stevie Mills placed fourteenth in the National Championship. McCormick and Mills weighed in a five fish limit of Bass each of the two days for a total of 29.63 pounds. 206 Total boats made the national championship cut this year and Bethel University qualified four teams to advance to the tournament. Rounding out the eight Bethel University Anglers including McCormick and Mills were Dax Ewart, Kyle Palmer, Wilson Smith, Seth Roberts, Ryan Winchester, and Baylor Howell.
McKendree University won the title.
“We are very proud of our guys and this top ten finish,” said Bethel Coach Garry Mason. “The team has had a great season so far and to finish in seventh place while competing against the top schools and universities in the nation is a real testament to the dedication of our Anglers,” said Mason.
The Wildcats next event will be in South Carolina the last week of August as BassMasters kicks off their revised 2020 schedule for the quest to the BassMasters National Championship berth.