Winona State won the FLW College Fishing Central Conference Championship on Carlyle Lake with a two-day total of four bass weighing 12 pounds, 6 ounces.
The victory earned the club $4,000 and qualified the team for the college championship next year.
Only eight teams managed to weigh in a fish on the first day of competition and advance. Only one team — second-place Illinois State — managed to catch a fish on the second day of competition.
"Our main goal was to qualify to fish for the national title," said Winona State junior Wyatt Stout. "If we didn't produce, we were done. That was the mind-set we stayed in throughout the weekend."
Also advancing to the national finals were Southern Illinois, three entries from Kansas State, Wisconsin-Stevens Point and UW-Platteville.
•The Gophers split a fall softball doubleheader with North Dakota State, winning the first game 4-1 on Sara Groenewegen's three-hitter before losing the second game 12-5. Paige Palkovich hit a two-run homer in the first game — one of five Gophers hits— and Sam Macken hit a two-run shot in Game 2.