Former McFarland High School athlete Aeryn Olson was exceptionally talented on the girls tennis team and the Icebergs girls hockey co-op. Now, she plans to take her athletic abilities in both sports to Marian University in Fond du Lac.
Olson recently signed a letter of intent to play tennis and hockey for the Fond du Lac school, where she plans to major in biology although she is hoping to become a physical therapist.
“I picked Marian to play hockey, because their coach is very positive and the campus was very open and felt inviting,” Olson said. “I then learned I could have a chance playing tennis as well, so I decided to take that chance and play both of my favorite sports.”
A No. 2 singles player for the Spartans girls tennis team in 2019, Olson swept all WIAA Division 2 sectional matches to earn a berth at the state tournament at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the UW-Madison campus. However, she was eliminated in her first-round match.
On the Icebergs, Olson scored eight goals and had eight assists during the regular season, and then added a goal and an assist in two playoff matches to end her season with 18 points. She ended her high school hockey career with 30 goals and 19 assists for 49 points in 86 games.
The 2019-20 Marian University women’s hockey team finished 4-19-2 overall and 2-11-2 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC). The Sabres averaged only one goal per game, and scored one goal or less in 22 contests. The team graduated four seniors.
The women’s tennis team is led by Brian Ottman, who’s been head coach of the men’s and women’s squad since 2018. The 2019 team was 5-7 overall and 5-4 in the NACC. Several matches during the spring season were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olson said she knew she had the capability of playing college sports during her senior year at McFarland.
“Leading up to my senior year I never thought I could play in college, but during my senior year, I become more confident in myself, and that is what’s going to help me be successful in the future,” Olson said. “Marian is giving me an opportunity to play the sports I love and still get a good education.”
Olson’s one-time Icebergs teammate Brynn Weaver recently signed up to play for the Marian University women’s hockey team. Olson’s classmate Peyton Witt will also play soccer there.