ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Only a small percentage of athletes ever get to compete at the college level, and even smaller amount will win a national championship.
But two Alaskans seem to beat the odds, Juneau’s Kenny Fox and Anchorage’s Tyler Andrews winning NCAA Division III national championship this March.
Andrews was on the St. Norbert Men’s College Hockey team that won an incredible 3-2 double-overtime over Salve Regina University.
"I mean our confidence was just through the roof,” said Andrews over the phone. “There was no doubt it was just a matter of long it was going to take us to get that goal.”
This was the schools fifth national championship, Andrews is no stranger to winning, at Dimond High School he won two state championships with the Lynx.
“Dimond usually being a powerhouse, I mean Norbet they’re a powerhouse,” said Andrews. “You know the expectations, and play under them."
The defenseman said he was encouraged to play for St. Norbert from a trio of Alaskans Sam Tikka, Shane Wheeler, and Erik Cooper who all played for the Knights.
From puck to the pond, former Thunder Mountain standout Kenny Fox won a 2018 NCAA Div. III national Championship with the Denison University men's swimming & diving team.
“It’s usually a goal we have every single year going in, and there is a lot of work that goes in,” said Fox over the phone. “Just a lot of hard work, and it’s nice to see it all pay off.”
Fox took fifth-place finish in the 100-yard Butterfly at the NCAA national championships, and the 9 time All American said these results were the reason he picked a smaller school.
“I knew division three was the right spot, and I could be competitive,” said Fox.
The three time state champion for Thunder Mountain says his success in Juneau helped him get exposure outside of Alaska and compete at the college level.
“It gave me experience to see those big meets," said Fox.