Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Bring your sword, Frisbee, desire to play

Club sports, intramurals offer fitness and fun

On a quiet Thursday evening, the sound of metal clinking against metal pierces the cavernous Clark Center gym, as two students lunge at each other with swords. Back and forth they go in an athletic dance of grace and aggression that ends with one touching the other with the (covered) tip of a blade.

No worries; it’s all in the name of fun and sport. They are members of the Fencing Club, which is one of a growing number of club sports and intramural activities now being offered at Wheaton to encourage fitness and friendship, as well as mental agility. [Read more...]

Making waves at Olympics

Making waves at the Olympics

Wheaton swim coach Nicole CarterNicole Carter ’02, who is a Wheaton assistant coach, also trains Algonquin Regional High swimmer Dorian McMenemy. Their hard work got the swimmer to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where McMenemy competed in the 100-meter butterfly. The 15-year-old represented the Dominican Republic, swam her personal best, was second in her heat, and rode with Michael Phelps—all with Carter cheering her on. We asked the coach about the experience:

Supporting role: I am the head coach at Evolution Aquatics, a swimming program based in Westboro, Mass. Dorian trains with me year-round with our club team. As the head coach, my role is to make sure every athlete gets the training and support they need to succeed. I must create an environment in which athletes are motivated to achieve their goals and constantly evolve in the sport of swimming and in academics. [Read more...]

Lyons are Tough Mudders

Softball coach Rachael Powers ’03, left, and team captain Alanna Monahan ’13If you have had the pleasure of watching Wheaton’s athletic events, you’ve seen the talent and toughness of the Lyons. On July 14, in Mount Snow, Vt., two of them took it to another level.

Softball coach Rachael Powers ’03 and team captain Alanna Monahan ’13 kicked some gluteus maximus in a Tough Mudder event. The course and obstacles were designed by the British Special Forces to prep for the physical and mental rigors of military exercises. Proceeds went to the Wounded Warriors program, which assists veterans with rehabilitation and assimilation into civilian life after the military.

The 12-mile course included several jaunts up and down ski slope trails in the 90-degree heat. During the course, participants were challenged with obstacles that included running through burning brush, being submerged under ice water, and crawling through tunnels of dirt and mud in complete darkness. My favorite ones included the (mild) electrical shocking of participants as they crawled through mud and water. (Observers tend to have a different perspective of fun.) [Read more...]