Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

At the top of her game—on and off the court

McKenzie “Kenzie” Kuhn ’15Sophomore McKenzie “Kenzie” Kuhn, a point guard on the women’s basketball team, has always been a motivated person.

In high school she would spend hours in her driveway working on her jump shot—even with snow on the pavement. And she would travel two hours from her home in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to practice and play with the Amateur Athletic Union basketball team, the Colorado Heat, to improve her skills.

Her determination on the hardwood was matched in the classroom, where her finely honed time-management skills helped her maintain a perfect grade point average throughout high school—all while she was also involved in three varsity sports and numerous clubs.

At Wheaton, the environmental science major has continued to do the same as a student-athlete.

“Ever since I was little I have had a competitive drive to do the best that I can in whatever I am trying to do,” says Kuhn. “Whether it’s a class or a drill, I want to get the most out of my time by working my hardest.”

Kuhn caught the attention of women’s basketball head coach Melissa Hodgdon, who recalls watching and admiring her energy, hustle and toughness on the court.

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Sync team finishes in top 10

Wheaton College Synchronized SwimmingWheaton’s synchronized swimming team placed sixth overall at the U.S. Collegiate Nationals hosted by Stanford University at the Avery Aquatics Center. The team wrapped up its 2012–13 season with its 25th-straight top-10 performance at the nationals and 27th overall in program history. The Lyons also placed second overall for the fourth-straight season at the East Collegiate Regional/Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships earlier this year.

Men’s cross-country team recognized for academic excellence

Michael Richard ’13 earned NEWMAC Academic All-Conference accolades.

The men’s cross-country team was named to the 2012 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Cross Country Team list.

The Lyons posted a 3.24 cumulative grade point average, which ranked fourth overall among all New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) teams listed. Academically, senior Michael Richard earned NEWMAC Academic All-Conference accolades this past fall for the third consecutive season.

As a team, Wheaton finished seventh overall at the NEWMAC Championships and 29th overall at the NCAA Division III New England Championships.

Three earn soccer honors

Women’s soccer team twins Cassey and Jordan Muse, along with Lauren Corigliano, were named to the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England Team.

Jordan Muse ’13 became an All-American soccer player this past year, and her sister Cassey Muse ’13 has been a four-year all-conference player and is only the ninth player in the history of women’s soccer at Wheaton to reach the 100-point milestone in women’s soccer. Also, they were both team captains and both made the Dean’s List during the fall semester. [Read more...]