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Total immersion

Kyle Diangkinay ’17 engages in sports information career opportunities

Kyle Diangkinay ’17 attended the 2017 NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program in January.

Whether shooting hoops with friends, watching his Yankees take on the Mets in the Subway Series, trying out for the Wheaton baseball team his freshman year or working in the Athletics Department for four years—sports have been a part of senior Kyle Diangkinay’s life for as long as he can remember.

So when he received the opportunity to attend the 2017 NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program in Nashville, Tenn., this January, it was the start of a lifelong passion turning into a potential future. [Read more...]

Making a splash

Barrett Roberts ’07 named Swimming Coach of the Year

Barrett Roberts ’07, head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach

Barrett Roberts ’07, head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach

Women’s and men’s swimming coach Barrett Roberts ’07 in February was named the 2016–2017 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year and Men’s Co-Swimming Coach of the Year.

This is the second time a Wheaton coach has earned the Women’s Coach of the Year distinction. Jean-Paul Gowdy was the first to do so during 2008–2009. Roberts’s Men’s Coach of the Year honor is the first in program history.

Jenna Hayden ’18

Jenna Hayden ’18

This past season, Roberts led the women’s program to its best finish at the NEWMAC championships since 2010. The Lyons finished in third place with 766 points, which was just 3.5 points away from second. Wheaton finished with six All-Conference honors, as well as a NEWMAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year nod for junior Jenna Hayden.

Hayden’s Swimmer of the Year honor is the first ever for a member of the women’s program. A swimmer must finish in first or second place to earn All-Conference honors. Hayden went to the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, where she competed in three events. [Read more...]

Friendly competition

Luke Finkelstein (left) and Travis Blair

Class of 2015 friends and rivals Luke Finkelstein (left) and Travis Blair on the field after the 2016 American Soccer League finals; below, the two at Wheaton

Former teammates continue connection, rivalry on professional teams

Travis Blair ’15 and Luke Finkelstein ’15 are best friends. They were roommates at Wheaton and standouts on the men’s soccer team. “We’re like brothers,” says Blair. “We talk pretty much every day.” But on the playing field, it’s a different story.

In spring 2016, both men signed with professional teams in the American Soccer League (ASL): Blair as a forward with the Long Island Express, and Finkelstein as a midfielder with the Philadelphia Fury.

“The first thing we did [after being signed] was look at our schedules to see when we’d be playing each other,” says Finkelstein. “We couldn’t wait.” That first game was April 24, 2016, and two minutes in, Finkelstein had fouled Blair. “He tackled me so hard my shoe came off,” says Blair.

“I wanted him to know it was business,” says Finkelstein.

On the field, they are playing to win. “If anyone is getting by me, it’s not going to be him,” says Blair about his former teammate. But afterward, they’re typical friends, often grabbing a bite to eat together. “When it’s done, it’s done,” says Finkelstein. [Read more...]

Team spirit

Super FanBiology professor named NEWMAC SuperFan

There are fans, and then there is Professor of Biology Betsey Dyer.

If there is a basketball game happening in Emerson Gym or a women’s lacrosse match on the field, you’ll likely find her there cheering on Wheaton—unwavering in her enthusiasm, win or lose.

She regularly follows men’s basketball, women’s basketball (for 25 years) and women’s lacrosse, and tries to get to every home game and some away games, too. Because of that and what students have to say about her team spirit, she was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) SuperFan of the Month for November 2016.

The members of the women’s basketball team nominated her for the award, noting that she is equally supportive in the classroom, understanding the challenges that students face while balancing the demands of academics and athletics.

“Her dedication to and passion for us in the classroom and on the field pushes us to work that much harder and to make her proud,” team members wrote in their submission.   [Read more...]