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Collin Underwood, Contributing Writer

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Four individuals have been voted to join Seahawk immortality in the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. Women’s golfer Becky (Berzonski) Ogden, softball catcher Carley (Hughes) Milinichik, swimmer Kate (Milling) Kling, and men’s soccer goalkeeper Brad Knighton will be inducted into the hall on Jan. 27 as part of its 20th anniversary.

The UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame has held inductions biannually since it switched from an annual induction in 2000. The addition of the four Seahawk alumni will increase the hall’s total membership to 52. The four newest members of the hall set elite precedents and raised the quality of athletics during their time at UNCW.

Becky Ogden will be the first women’s golfer to be inducted into the hall of fame. During her career at UNCW (2002-05), she was a three-time All-Conference selection in the Big South Conference and First-Team All-CAA in 2005. Ogden was the Big South Player-of-the-Year in 2004 and CAA Player-of-the-Year in 2005.

Carley Milichinik was a workhorse backstop for the UNCW softball program from 2006-09. Milichinik missed only three starts in a total 185 career games. Milichinik also set a high standard for the future of the program, ranking first in school history in career slugging percentage, home runs and total bases.

Kate Kling kicked off her hall of fame career (1998-2001) by winning CAA Rookie-of-the-Year in 1998. Kling recorded thirteen individual gold medals in her CAA career, earning CAA Swimmer-of-the-Meet for her performance at the championships in 2000, as well as winning CAA Swimmer-of-the-Year for that season. Kling was also an NCAA “B” qualifier in the 100 Butterfly for the 2000 NCAA Championships.

The last inductee, Brad Knighton, became the hall’s second men’s soccer player to be inducted. Knighton’s career at UNCW (2003-06) was highlighted by being a two-time All-CAA selection (one first team) and being named to the NSCAA/Adidas All-Region team for his senior season in 2006. Knighton paved the way for future Seahawks by becoming the first Seahawk to play in the MLS. Knighton is in his second stint with the New England Revolution, after having played for the Philadelphia Union and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

A welcome reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the Warwick Center, followed by a special luncheon ceremony. The inductees will also be honored during halftime of the men’s basketball team’s game against William & Mary later that night.

Tickets to these events can be purchased at the ticket office in Trask Coliseum and online here.

Contributing Writer Collin Underwood can be found on Twitter @TweetNUnderwood. Any tips or suggestion should be forwarded via email to uncwseahawksports@gmail.com. For video updates from The Seahawk, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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