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Spartans of UD - Savannah Wuitschick

By University Relations Staff

Spartans of UD highlights what makes the University of Dubuque special - the people.

Savannah Wuitschick, of Fargo, North Dakota, is a first-year psychology major. A goalie on the historic first season of the University of Dubuque women's hockey team, Wuitschick finished the regular season leading Division III women's hockey with 1,004 saves in a single season and was named to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association's All-NCHA team. Wuitschick also picked up the program's first win and first shutout, and she was named NCHA Star of the Week on November 6, 2023.

How did you get into hockey?

"I grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, watching UND hockey. Because of that, all three of my brothers played hockey and eventually I ended up playing to keep up with them."

What do you like most about the position of goalie?

"I like the mechanics of the goalie position. It's all about precision, repetition, and focus, which makes it easy to put my energy into it."

You finished the regular season with over 1,000 saves. How do you stay focused in net?

"I talk most of the time, commentating on the play happening in front of me and communicating plays to my teammates. I've found it's a great way to stay engaged, even if the puck is across the ice."

How does it feel to be part of the historic first season of Spartans women's hockey?

"It feels amazing, knowing that I got to play for a program I helped found. It's cool to be a part of history."

In your opinion, what makes the University of Dubuque unique?

"Personally, I think it's the people. The campus environment is so welcoming because of everybody. Especially with starting the women's hockey program, everyone was so excited and supportive, and that's something you won't find everywhere."