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Swimmers of the Meet

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Molly Gustafson

What initially attracted me to Wittenberg?
The first thing that really stood out to me on my recruiting visit was how friendly the people were. Everyone I met was very easy to approach and genuinely interested in talking to me. Even the people I didn’t know would say hello to me in passing, which didn’t happen much at other schools. After my visit I knew that there would be no problem fitting in, because every person I met was unique and there was such great diversity in personality and background. There was never a dull moment, and I loved it.


What is my favorite and least favorite stroke?

My favorite stroke is elementary backstroke and/or mermaid dives, but since those aren’t exactly official strokes I guess I’ll have to settle and say breaststroke. My least favorite stroke is freestyle (when I have to swim more than a 50).

Do I have any hobbies?
My hobbies include playing soccer (with swimmers), skiing, blowing bubbles on the bikini bottom, recycling, painting, participating in activities in the hollow, living in the Ferncliff mansion, throwing bananas at Bob Rafferty, playing with the service dogs around campus, listening to Stereo Love before and after races, undergoing retail therapy after long practices, fun rides in the Party Safari, and mainly just being alone and eating oatmeal cream pies.

What are you majoring in?
I am planning on majoring in Zoology and double minoring in Extraterrestrial studies and French… just kidding. I’m possibly majoring in either English or Psychology with a minor in Art.

What is your favorite thing about Wittenberg?
My favorite thing about Wittenberg is the supportive community.. this time I’m not kidding. Being from Connecticut I’m not able to go home very often so it is very nice to know that there are people all around me who care. Whether it is a professor, coach, teammate, classmate, sorority sister or friend, I always know where to go if I have a problem. I also feel that having such a close community allows the student body to easily get involved. There are always opportunities to start new clubs or events and chances are likely that it wont be hard to find someone else with a common interest.

Any stories about the team?
Every time the song “Firework” by Katie Perry comes on the entire girls (and some of the boys) team starts to belt it out as loud as possible.

Did I travel anywhere this summer or is there anything unique about me?
Last summer I stayed home but in past years I have traveled to countries such as England, France, Spain, Austria, Slovenia and Italy for various reasons. This summer I will be traveling to Lesotho, Africa for a service trip through Wittenberg and I am so excited for the new experience! There are several other swimmers going as well as swimmers who have gone on this trip in the past.


Keaton Hannon

What initially attracted me to Wittenberg?
I was initially attracted to Wittenberg by the team atmosphere and Coach Koukis.

What is my favorite and least favorite stroke?
My favorite stroke is butterfly and my least favorite stroke is breaststroke.

Do I have any hobbies?
My hobbies are singing, playing in the rain, and hanging out with friends.

What are you majoring in?
I am majoring in Biology.

What is your favorite thing about Wittenberg?
My favorite thing about Witt is all the people! also really like when the leaves all change in the fall :)

Did you travel anywhere this summer or is there anything unique about me?

I went abroad this fall to Australia and had the time of my life (but I miss swimming terribly)


Chris Culkin

What initially attracted me to Wittenberg?
The strong biology program along with the ability to compete in the fastest conference in Division III

What is my favorite and least favorite stroke?
Wait, so there are other strokes other than free?

Do I have any hobbies?
Watching my favorite team, The Detroit Red Wings, and working on my 1966 Mustang

What are you majoring in?
(B.S) Biology

What is your favorite thing about Wittenberg?
The Biology program

Any stories about the team?
Our bus had a flat tire on our way home from a meet this season.  We were stuck some where for a few hours and the team had a pine cone fight.

Did you travel anywhere this summer or is there anything unique about me?
Although I did not travel anywhere, I spent my summer volunteering at the local hospital


Gus Appenbrink

What initially attracted me to Wittenberg?
I was initially attracted to wittenberg because my sister was attending witt. when i came to visit her i really liked the campus and decided to come back in the fall as a student.

Do you have any hobbies?
My hobbies include trap shooting and avidly watching spongebob

What are you majoring in?

I am majoring in political science and possibly east asian studies.

What is you favorite thing about Wittenberg?
my favorite thing about wittenberg is how much there is to do on campus especially when it is warm out.

Senior Meet

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

NAME: Philip W. Bambach

Major: Geology and Geography

Academic Awards: 3 time Deans List recipient, top 25 athlete GPA, Member of Phi Etta Sigma Honors Society

Athletic Awards: 3 year letter winner

Extra curricular activities/organizations: member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Volunteered at ARC after school program downtown.

Plans after graduation: To pursue a Master’s degree in geology at either Florida State, West Virginia, Bowling Green, Oklahoma State or Akron and according to Bob get into the oil business so that he can give back to this fine institution.


NAME: Parker Browning

Major: Business

Athletic Awards: a couple of swimmer of the meets and all conference team in 2009

Extracurricular activities/organizations: college republicans, Witt entrepreneurs, habitat for humanity community service project

Plans after graduation: move into parents basement and hopefully find a job


NAME: Christopher Culkin

Major: Biology

Academic Awards: Provost Athlete Scholar

Athletic Awards: All-NCAC conference athlete, school record 800 Free Relay, 1000 free school record holder, 3 time letter winner

Extra Curricular Activities/Organizations: Volunteer at the Springfield Regional Medical Center, ER, and patient services, Pre-Health Club

Plans after Graduation: Find a job in a hospital and then apply to medical school.


NAME: Danny Nicholas

Major: Biology

Athletic Awards: 3-time letter winner

Extra Curricular Activities/Organizations: Beta Theta Pi (currently holding positions as risk manager, steward, and choirster), participant in two Wittenberg theatre productions, volunteer at Infusion Campus (an afterschool arts program for children), assistant coach with the adult swim program, and an orientation assistant.

Plans After Graduation: To go to grad school to further my studies in the fields of botany and genetics.


NAME: Conor O’Rourke

Major: History with an Africana Studies minor

Academic Awards: Provost Athlete Scholar

Athletic Awards: NCAA John Wooden Cup Semi-Finalist, 2007-2008 Most Improved Swimmer, 2008-2009 Most Dedicated Swimmer

Extra Curricular Activities/Organizations: Delta Tau Delta, summer service work @ Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot (pronounced Mee-loh), Haiti, College Republicans

Plans After Graduation: Work in development and fundraising at Canterbury School while saving money for graduate school; eventually starting my own non-profit organization for the people of Haiti.


NAME: Katherine Sbrocco

Major: Early Childhood Education and Special Education

Academic Awards: Scholar Athlete, 3 year letter winner

Athletic Awards: Freshman MVP

Extracurricular activities: team captain (2 yrs), orientation assistant, TAC community Service

Plans after graduation: Moving back to Cleveland to find a teaching job


NAME: Adam Schick

Major: English

Athletic Awards: 2009 Tiger award recipient, member of school record 200 medley relay

Extracurricular activities/organizations: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Plans after Graduation: Intern at or work for a non-profit business, hopefully in the Indianapolis area, or just bunk up with the rents for a while until my career as a medieval fair jouster takes off


NAME: Megan Shubitowski

Major: Sociology major, Africana Studies minor

Athletic Awards: 3 year All conference diver, 3 year team MVP

Extracurricular activities/organizations: Member of Delta Gamma sorority, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Habitat for humanity, and the sociology club

Plans after graduation: to attend graduate school for social work and social justice


NAME: Zachary Stewart

Major: History

Academic Awards: Provost Scholar Athlete

Athletic Awards: Newcomer of the Year 2009, All-conference 2009-2010, school Record Holder

Extra Curricular Activities/Organizations: Vice President of the Wittmen Crew, Delta Tau Delta fraternity, tour guide, orientation assistant, resident of the eco house

Plans After Graduation: Get a second major, go abroad, then come back, swim, student teach, and be that really cool 5th year guy.

Breaking News!

Monday, January 17th, 2011

It’s not often we have breaking news from the pool deck… but we do today! Last night we received word that first-year Molly Gustafson (West Hartford, Conn.) was named NCAC player of the week. Player of the week is an honor that the conference office awards each week to the best individual performer in the conference. Molly was undefeated this weekend in the 100 and 200 breast. Congratulations Molly!

Nov. 13 Swimmers of the Meet

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Megan Tassone

What initially attracted me to Wittenberg?
Initially, I wanted to go to swim at a Division 1 school.  But, as I visited more and more campuses, I was a little overwhelmed.  My aunt went to Wittenberg, and a boy I used to swim with in high school swam here too. Coach was interested and contacted me, and once I came on my recruiting trip I really fell in love with the school and knew I would be happy here.  I was right!

What is my favorite and least favorite stroke?
My favorite stroke is Breaststroke, and my least favorite is probably Backstroke because I am not very good at it.

Do I have any hobbies?
I love to decorate and redecorate my room, and pretty much anything like my locker at the pool, and really any kind of nick-knack that looks like it could be bedazzled in some way :) .  I like to make collages, color, hang out with friends, workout, and go shopping.  Anything that involves crafts, designing, fashion, or being creative.

What are you majoring in?
I am majoring in Business

What is your favorite thing about Wittenberg?
My favorite thing about Wittenberg is the scenery.  I love having such a cute small school that is so beautiful in all of the seasons.  My parents always say how great it is to come visit during each season, and it helps me appreciate winter a lot more because I hate cold weather.  But I love almost everything about Wittenberg and everything that I am involved in on campus.

Any stories about the team?
I like coming up with cheers together as a team or just having girls team get togethers.  We make up cheers in florida and for our inner squad “red/white” meet, and whenever the girls team gets together to hang out we always have fun. (We have fun with the boys too, but sometimes its nice just us girls, especially decorating our locker room and making good cds to workout to).

Did I travel anywhere this summer or is there anything unique about me?
Unfortunately I was not able to travel anywhere this summer, but I hope to travel to Africa next summer!


Andrew Koukis

What initially attracted me to Wittenberg?
I was attracted to Witt because of the cheerful attitude on campus, as well as the renowned faculty and staff who work here.

What is my favorite and least favorite stroke?
My favorite stroke is backstroke, and my least favorite is breaststroke.

Do I have any hobbies?
I enjoy hanging out with friends, and living like a frat star.

What are you majoring in?
I am a history major, and education minor.

What is your favorite thing about Wittenberg?
My favorite thing about Wittenberg is the friendly environment, and the educational opportunities that we are presented with throughout our time here.

Any stories about the team?
Ted Brown Hutchinson has yet to unpack his room, and he lives like a caveman.

Did I travel anywhere this summer or is there anything unique about me?
My summer was spent poolside saving lives 1 day at a time, while bronzing myself and yelling at pool rats.


Phil Bambach

What initially attracted me to Wittenberg?
On my recruiting visit I noticed that the student body was very tight knit as a whole. The swim team team seemed like a good group of people that liked to have fun yet worked hard in the classroom and in the pool.

I had always heard about Wittenberg as a prestigious midwestern university and when I came on my recruiting visit I knew that it would fit my academic, athletic and social needs.

What is my favorite and least favorite stroke?
The stroke I am most talented at would be breastroke. My favorite stroke would be backstroke. My least favorite stroke would be butterfly especially anything over a 50.

Do I have any hobbies?
No not really, espcially this year because the academic load is so tough, but when I do have time I watch alot of sports especially football and basketball. If I’m not swimming I’m watching an OSU game or any Cleveland team play. When I’m not in season I enjoy doing anything active as long as it’s competitive.

What are you majoring in?
I am a double major in geology and geography

What is your favorite thing about Wittenberg?
That you can walk pretty much anywhere on campus and know someone. Pretty much everyone gets along with everyone. It is an excellent support system throughout your academic career.

Any stories about the team?
Come talk to me in person

Did I travel anywhere this summer or is there anything unique about me?
I did not travel anywhere this summer because I had an internship at the US Geologic Survey (yes I do actually find rocks interesting). For my internship I tested ecoli and entericocci at beaches at inland lakes around central Ohio. It was a great experience which my advisor here at Wittenberg allowed my to have.

Nov. 6 – Swimmers of the Meet

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Instead of writing a summary this week about the swimmers of the meet, I thought I’d let them introduce themselves to you. Rachel Leeds and Teddy Hutchinson had a great weekend at DePauw. Here are their stories!


Rachel Leeds

What initially attracted you to Wittenberg?
When beginning my college search I knew I wanted to go to a small school that had a prestigious name and well-known education program.  I looked at other schools similar in size including Ohio Wesleyan and Butler University but in the end after I visited campus I got the feeling that Wittenberg was the place for me and I could see myself being a student and student athlete on this campus.

What is you favorite and least favorite stroke?
I swim IM so I kind of forced to have to like all of them but if I had to choose I guess my favorite would be fly, least favorite probably breaststroke.

Do you have any hobbies?
I love arts and crafts, especially coloring.

What are you majoring in?
I am an early childhood education and intervention specialist double major and a minor in sociology

What is your favorite thing about Wittenberg?
All of the traditions, the beautiful campus and the amazing people!

Any stories you would like to share about the team?
Sitting every bus ride next to Jenna blasting her 90s ipod music, watching movies such as The Princess Bride and 30 Days of Night.  Hearing all of the boys in the back of the bus screaming about how they are the best movies ever!


Ted Hutchison

Ted Hutchinson

What initially attracted you to Wittenberg?
I had not heard of Wittenberg until I got a letter from Coach Koukis. She called me a couple of times and  I decided to come here after my recruiting trip. I loved the people here and had a great time.

What is you favorite and least favorite stroke?
My favorite stroke is backstroke and my least favorite stroke is breaststroke.

Do you have any hobbies?
Hobbies in college? My hobbies include hanging out with my friends among other things.

What are you majoring in?
History

What is you favorite thing about Wittenberg?
My favorite thing about Wittenberg is that everyone is very friendly and very sociable.

Swimmers of the Meet!

Monday, November 1st, 2010
courtney jack jb hutch

We have a tradition of awarding a swimmer of the meet after each home meet. This award goes to the swimmer who had an outstanding performance. On Friday night first-year Jack Ruble (Woodridge, Ill.) claimed his first swimmer of the week award. Jack impressed us all in the 200 fly, turning in a time of 2:04.93 and claiming first place. Victoria Parker (Columbus, Ind.) nabbed the women’s award for not only taking home first in the 100 Free, but also for a personal best performance so early in the season.

On Saturday Courtney Carani ’14 (Lake Bluff, Ill.) was the swimmer of the meet for the women. We gave her a real challenge on Saturday by asking her to swim the 1000 Free and then get right back on the blocks for the 200 Free moments later. She ended up on top in both events – impressive! For the men, Ted Hutchison ’12 (Sudbury, Mass.) and JB Easley ’13 (Cincinnati, Ohio) shared the award. Teddy dominated the competition in the backstroke events all weekend and JB staked his claim in the 200 Free.