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Badgers add seven to Hall of Fame

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The Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame will welcome seven new members at an induction ceremony on September 5th.

Steve Bennett set school career records for hits, doubles and RBI while earning four letters on the baseball team from 1973-1976. He is one of just five two-time All-Big Ten selections in Badgers history.

Beau Hoopman starred at Wisconsin as a rower before finding Olympic success. As a senior captain, Hoopman led the men's eight to the school's first EARC conference championship since 1946. He went on to win a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and a bronze medal in 2008.

Mike Kelley helped guide Wisconsin to the 2000 Final Four. He was the 1999 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Kelley holds the school record with 275 steals. Kelley was a Wooden Award finalist as a senior.

Chris McIntosh helped anchor some good offensive lines as a four-year starter for the Badgers. The left tackle was a team captain on the 1998 and 1999 teams that won Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles. McIntosh earned All-American honors and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy before getting drafted in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2000.

Steve Reinprecht is the only men's hockey player to lead Wisconsin in scoring for three straight seasons. He led the country in scoring in 2000 and was runner-up for the Hobey Baker Award. He played 11 seasons in the NHL and won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001.

Melissa Zimpfer is the first women's tennis player inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame. She was a three-time All-American. Zimpfer holds school single-season records for singles and doubles wins. She is also the school leader for career singles winning percentage.She was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1996.

Steve Lowe coached the Wisconsin volleyball team from 1986-1990. Lowe took over a team that had posted a 7-24 record the year before. In his final season, the Badgers were 29-8 and won the school's first Big Ten title. Lowe posted a 108-64 record at Wisconsin before his death from lung cancer shortly before the 1991 season.

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