Year in Review 2011: Woodbury's Elmquist helps end Caltech's 310-game losing streak
In his final college game, Woodbury 2007 graduate Ryan Elmquist hit the game-winning free throws that helped The California Institute of Technology men's basketball team end a 310-game conference losing streak and grab national headlines with a one-point win over Occidental College on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in Pasadena, Cal.
After 26 years and 310-straight losses in the Div. III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Caltech -- one of the country's top academic universities -- defeated Occidental College 46-45 in their season finale.
The celebration came after Elmquist made the game-winning free throw with 3.3 seconds remaining and an Occidental desperation shot from behind half court didn't connect.
It was the final game of Elmquist's college career. In all, the former Royal scored 23 of the Beavers' 46 points in the game.
Elmquist left the men's basketball program as the second leading scorer in school history (1,254 points) along with holding eight different individual school records. Among them are most career blocked shots (157) and career free throws made (414). In addition, he played in all 100 games Caltech competed in during his four years on campus. During his final season he averaged 15.8 points per game, which was the second best mark in the league, while blocking a conference best 2.0 shots per game.
After the win, Elmquist and Caltech were all over the news, including being featured in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times and being interviewed by Katie Couric for the CBS Evening News.
Elmquist, who recorded a perfect score on his ACT exam and graduated from Caltech last spring with a computer science degree, is working as a software engineer at Google.
At Caltech, Elmquist was voted the 2008 Caltech Freshman Athlete of the Year, was the recipient of 2009 and 2010 Vesper Trophy (team MVP based on ability, performance, sportsmanship, and improvement), was named to the inaugural 2010 SCIAC All-Academic Team, was recognized as 2010 Caltech Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year and chosen as team captain for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.