Rumbling Bald, A Climbing Club Favorite

The climbing club set out Friday, February 15 for the Rumble 2019, an outdoor bouldering competition hosted by the Carolina Climber’s Coalition at Chimney Rock State Park outside of Lake Lure, NC.

The conditions were less than ideal but a little cold and rain wasn’t going to deter our group’s high spirits.  The trip included sends of some ultra classic Rumbling Bald boulder problems known as Crescent Crack, Sleeping in the Devil’s Bed, and Black Slab Right.  Nothing like a weekend at the Bald to make one fall in love with bouldering all over again.

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Photos courtesy of club captain, Carly Lovas.

Club member, Sarah Sneath, readies her next move on the rock.

On the Road with the Swim Club

Undaunted is a term that describes this group of upbeat personalities.  The College of Charleston swim club did not fold when the campus pool closed a couple of years back.  Instead, and true to form, this group found an alternative location that would permit them to continue what they love best — swimming and competing.

No home pool simply means every meet is a travel weekend.  The bright side is they get to go places and see the best the region has to offer.  This past weekend was a short trip up the road to our neighbors in Columbia.  USC has a fine natatorium and that only added to a fun weekend.  Two club members were able to post personal bests as they all fight for a chance to qualify for the season ending meet.

Pictured on the front row: Will McCloud, Chris Barongan, Rowan Emerson, Sarah Brown, Carly Grabner and Leah Taylor.
Back row: Marshall Wallace, Rene Touma, Taylor Harkey, Allison Pegram, Bobby Carey, Zoe Daher (captain), Charles Taibi, Spencer Lukehart, Taylor Kerr and Hannah Hanes.


“I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for … ?”

Every so often something quite out of the ordinary appears and it is something you wish you could have.  In this particular case the creation is from one of our very own.  Mo Shideed ’05, who worked for Campus Recreation Services as a referee and a facility supervisor while at the College has clearly moved on to better things.

I’ll have to ask Mo the next time I see him to explain just how he arrived where he is today, but first Mo another bowl of gelato, “Please!”  Great to see another of our alumni making his mark.

To see for yourself what Mo has created, visit his shop here.

The Rec Report, Our Very First Edition

All wrapped up in one tidy place you will find a listing and photos of last semester’s intramural champions, notes about our sport clubs, along with a glance at the spring schedule of activities and our hours of operation.

Assistant director, Freddie Lipata, is the newsletter’s editor.  Give him a shout out if you enjoyed looking through this issue.

Read the Rec Report …


Soccer Net Nights Kickoff Again

Join in on the popular Tuesday night series Soccer Net Nights.  All players who show up are able to jump in and play in the short game segments that are set up.  Games start at 7:00 p.m. and run until the fun is done, sometimes as late as 11:00 p.m.  For more information, call us at 843-953-5559.

Men’s Rugby, “A Force to Reckon With”

What more need be said?

College of Charleston versus The Citadel, October 19.
Result:  College of Charleston 31-21.  Matt Rockefeller was named “Man of the Match”.

College of Charleston versus the University of North Carolina, October 21.
Result: College of Charleston 19-14.  Max Bisaha was named “Man of the Match”.

The College’s club team jumped out to a 5-0 record to start its season.  Difficult competition lies in wait the remainder of the season.  GO COUGARS!

Max Bisaha finishing a tackle!  Other Cougars, l. to r. are Alejandro Vega, Brad Lundy, and Anthony Sinicropi.

Front and center is “Man of the Match”, Matt Rockefeller.  Nick Shaw (on top of #10), Brad Lundy (immediate right), Alejandro Vega (above Nick), Jay Greenlee (right of Alejandro), and Jackson Hutchison (in the background behind Matt).

Crew Club Scores Coveted Medal at Head of the South Regatta

“We started off our fall season by making a plan and despite having a rough beginning to the season, we stuck to it and succeeded in our goal of obtaining a medal.  We switched some of our training after a disappointing first race and worked really hard, together, for the rest of the season.  It felt great to be able to row for each other and contribute to something that transcends ourselves as individuals.”   — Ally Lesher, team captain

Pictured left to right: Gabi Tutelo, Mary-Britt McDonald, Allison Hansen, Ally Lesher, and Kelsie-Blake Weeks.



Program Note: The men’s novice team placed 5th out of 25 boats in their first regatta ever!

Running Club Conquers the James Island Connector Run

The College’s Running Club regularly participates in this race.  For those unfamiliar with its background, the Charleston James Island Connector Run benefits the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, a local charity that awards annual scholarships to students with physical disabilities making “Education Within Reach” for South Carolina undergraduates pursuing a college education despite physical limitations.  Since 1999, the Foundation has raised more than $1,000,000 and awarded 165 scholarships to Lowcountry students.  For more information,

Thirteen club runners participated this year and a number of great times were posted!

Blake Mino placed 4th in the overall competition.
Amanda Henderson and Cathryn Main placed first in their age group for the 10k.
Benjamin Harley and Madison Jones placed second in their age group for the 10k.
Janneke Morin placed first in her age group for the 5k.
Liv Donovan placed second in her age group for the 5k.
Connor Sage placed third in his age group for the 5k.

For the 10k race, all club members broke the one hour barrier and for those who ran the 5k, only one club member exceeded 25 minutes.  Great work gang especially on the part of the club’s president, Legare Hay, who organized this activity.

Blake Mino 0:42:45 10k
Amanda Henderson 0:45:34 10k
Ben Harley 0:43:26 10k
Cathryn Main 0:51:33 10k
Madie Jones 0:51:46 10k
Melissa Cote 0:55:19 10k
Albert Kresken 0:57:58 10k
Sydney Hungerford 0:58:00 10k
Connor Sage 0:20:52 5k
Janneke Morin 0:22:45 5k
Livia Donovan 0:23:29 5k
Legare Hay 0:24:20 5k
Kirsten Mullins 0:25:44 5k