Many of us are familiar with the Shakespeare mention that “All the world’s a stage” and so it is for our sport club athletes. “Merely players” they are not. These students love their sports, spend a lot of time at it, and relish the chance to compete against other schools.
Let’s take a look at two programs that competed this past weekend, one a team sport and the other an individual sport.
The men’s ultimate club traveled to Raleigh, NC to participate in the annual Brickyard Brawl hosted by NCSU. Many of the top teams in the region play in the Brawl, this year sporting 16 teams and close to 300 persons involved with the event. The College found itself in the same bracket with the best team in the country, UNC-Chapel Hill, and two of the College’s main rivals, App State and East Carolina.
The UNC team won handily as was expected but the College played tenaciously against its rivals losing both by a margin of 1 point. Clearly not satisfied with these results, the Cougars team surprised its final opponent, the University of Richmond, a team that had been in the national tournament two years prior. Matt Doohan, our club’s captain, admitted that fortune was on the side of the College as they beat a team they thought they had little chance against.
For a full rundown on the tournament’s teams and pairings, check with Score Report .
Our swim club was on the road again, this time further south in Gainesville, Florida, home of the UF Gators. The question on everyone’s mind was weather — whether tropical storm Nestor would wash out the event. “What’s a little rain to a bunch of swimmers, right?” Swim club captain, Allison Pegram in summarizing the meet mentioned, “Lots of great swims. Still waiting for the official results to come in, but I’m pretty sure a few people made nationals cuts.”
These cut times are important to swimmers because that is how they qualify to swim in post-season events. Other teams at the meet included Georgia Southern, University of Central Florida, Auburn University, and of course the host program, the University of Florida.
Not a bad way to spend your weekend — traveling off-campus, participating in your favorite activity, representing your school against a very formidable list of opposing schools, and having fun competing.