Connor Craig '25, Justin Dusza '22, Cooper Sullivan '24, Liam Thompson '24

The Bachelor Presents October’s ‘Team of the Month’


Most freshman that compete on collegiate teams have to wait for their opportunity. Craig has done no such thing. The freshman swimmer has come into the swim and dive team with authority, producing impeccable results to start off his Wabash swimming career. In his first career meet, Craig settled for nothing less than perfection. He finished first among all DIII swimmers in the 100-yard individual medley, with a time of 55.73 seconds at the Indiana Intercollegiates on October 16. Craig also showed success in a team setting, helping his relay squad to a secondplace finish in the 200 freestyle relay.

At the DIII Championships on October 23, Craig continued his momentum. He nabbed two top-three finishes in the 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke, and completed another team effort in a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Craig has starred and will look to continue producing this season.


Dusza, while a teammate of Craig’s, sits in an opposite position. The senior is in his last year of competing at Wabash and has led by example thus far. The swim and dive team opened the season at the Indiana Intercollegiates on October 16; Dusza posted impressive results against stout competition. He finished just behind Craig in the 100-yard individual medley, taking second-place among DIII swimmers with a time of 56.13 seconds. In the 100 backstroke event, Dusza took the top spot for the DIII results, finishing with a time of 54.47 seconds.

Dusza replicated his success at the DIII Championships on October 23. He took the only victory for the Little Giants, finishing the 100 backstroke in a time of 54.32 seconds. Dusza then grabbed a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.64. Dusza, along with Craig in company, pushed the Little Giants to a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Dusza has been a great upperclassmen example so far.


After a slow start to the 2021 season, Sullivan exploded during the month of October. He scored a touchdown in every game this month, including a threetouchdown performance against The College of Wooster on October 16. In three of the four October games, Sullivan accounted for at least nine catches and at least 100 yards. He posted a 136-yard performance versus Ohio Wesleyan University on October 23. Overall, Sullivan caught the ball 30 times for 404 yards and six touchdowns in four games during the month of October.

Sullivan built a dynamic on-the-field relationship with quarterback Liam Thompson ’24 in their freshman year. The pair have since become quite the duo on the offensive side of the ball. October’s performance from Sullivan shows just how dangerous the two can be. While Sullivan’s position at wide receiver forces him to rely on getting the football from others, Sullivan’s talent is undeniable when the ball is in his hands.


The football team struggled in the month of October, but Thompson continued to produce at an elite level. The sophomore quarterback has solidified himself as one of the best DIII athletes in the country. Thompson lit up the stat sheet, accounting for at least three touchdowns per game throughout the month. Thompson consistently threw for 250 or more yards, including a 375-yard performance against Ohio Wesleyan University that included three touchdowns as well.

Thompson has established himself as a quarterback with incredible passing talent, ability, and knowledge. But what makes Thompson so effective and nearly impossible to stop is not just the passing. He can run as well as any running back in the country. Thompson averaged 10.3 carries per game throughout October while also averaging 41 rushing yards per game and 0.75 rushing touchdowns per game during the month. Thompson is as dynamic of a player as they come, and has an exceedingly bright future.