After we build our “sand structure” on the beach we took some team photos.
After we build our “sand structure” on the beach we took some team photos.
Every year we build our own special sort of sand castle. Wittenberg’s logo has a very distinct look to it and the first letter, the W, is something that we call the Flying W. Its a special looking W that has a little wing on the left-hand side (hence flying). I’m not sure if that term makes the folks in out marketing department cringe, but it’s the name we know it as (I think they call it the Gothic W). In any case, we rebuild that special W in the sand each year and here are some photos to prove it!
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Oh boy! What a month it has been!
Incredible! Amazing! Fantastic!
It’s been such a great month that I’ve been unable to write about it. It’ been nearly unspeakable. Each day has been so exciting that it’s not even provided a second for writing!
Do you believe me?
Well don’t. Let me tell you that sometime the best intentions can get lost in the details. To make up for my delinquency, I’m going to recap the last month through a series of posts this week. We’ve got the end of the holiday to recap, Florida training stories, new years and the formation of our new freshman class – the class of 2015.
So, keep coming back this week. We’ll keep you entertained (and informed)…. provided this week doesn’t get too exciting!
While the swimmers were making waves at the DePauw Invitational field, our divers were competing elsewhere in Indiana at the Rose-Hulman Invitational.
Junior Gus Appenbrink (Naperville, Ill.) was the top men’s finisher in the both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. He placed third out of 12 divers in the 1-meter with a mark of 383.1, and he followed that with a fourth-place finish (out of nine) in the 3-meter event with a 354.9. On the women’s side, senior Megan Shubitowski (Columbus, Ohio) was tops in both events, placing fourth out of 20 in the 3-meter with a mark of 345.8 and eighth out of 16 in the 1-meter with a mark of 320.75.
This weekend was nothing short of exciting. We competed at the DePauw Invitational and walked away with a second place team finish for both the men and the women. More importantly we had 43% of the team go life-time best swims and 93% attain an in-season best performance.
What do these numbers mean? These numbers are clear evidence to us that the hard work we put in this fall has paid dividends. Typically at a mid-season meet where we only do a very short taper we expect to see some great performances, but this year was exceptional in that the great performances came from the entire team. If you could have been on the pool deck with us Saturday night you would have felt the enthusiasm. The cheering from our section was louder than anyone else and it showed in the times we turned in.
One thing most teams don’t talk too much about is the support that they get throughout the season. Support you might wonder… what does he mean by support? One word – parents. The Wittenberg Swimming and Diving program has an outstanding parent association. At the Invitational they not only hosted an incredible dinner for us on Friday night, but also supplied each swimmer with a bag of supplies for the weekend – sports drinks, power bars, etc. This is not a once a year occurrence. They give us some sort of support at just about every meet. We are very thankful for their support.
As the month of December moves along we will be heading into our semester break. Classes end this week and exams begin on Saturday. You can still expect to see some updates on our blog, but we will not have a weekly communication until we get to Florida training just before the first of January. We will be staying in Deerfield Beach for the 8th year in and row and training at one of the premier pools in South Florida – The Pine Crest Academy.
Let us be the first to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! As we look back on the first half of this season, and look forward to the exciting things to come, we’re all thankful to have the opportunity to not only compete, but to be part of a great team. The word team can be defined in a lot of different ways, but for us its defined by the individuals who make up the whole.
The past week can be summed up with a lot of individual accomplishments that define who we are as a team. We had a lot of breakthroughs in our training last week that lead us to some breakthroughs in competition this past weekend. Sometimes November can be a hard month for swimmers. The training is at one of its hardest points and the weekends of competition are challenging with many back to back performances. With a great team, however, you can accomplish a lot in November and that’s what we did.
This weekend we had back to back competitions with a road trip to Ohio Northern on Friday night and home meet against Oberlin College and Baldwin Wallace College on Saturday. We ended up taking home two wins and one loss in total, brining our team record to 7-2 for the men and 6-3 for the women.
Capping off the weekend was an out standing performance in the men’s 400 freestyle with a time of 3:19.26 by J.B. Easley (Cincinnati, Ohio), senior Zach Stewart (Vincennes, Ind.), senior Chris Culkin (Novi, Mich.) and freshman Jon Drewsen (Fond du Lac, Wisc.).
Freshman Sarah Wilson (Centennial, Colo.), freshman Molly Gustafson (West Hartford, Conn.), sophomore Jane Tsivitse (Wyoming, Ohio) and sophomore Ward McNulty (Glencoe, Ill.) lead the women on Saturday in the 200 free relay by kicking off the meet with a 1:53.63.
On Saturday, Junior Megan Tassone (Cincinnati, Ohio) won a neck-and-neck race with freshman teammate Claire Kozlowski (Dublin, Ohio) in the 200 breaststroke, as the two finished within three-tenths of a second of one another, starting with Tassone at 2:31.96 and then Kozlowski at 2:32.23, an impressive one-two punch. Junior Victoria Parker (Columbus, Ind.) also had some breakthrough performances in the distance events, winning both the 500 and 1000 on Saturday and setting herself up for a great invitational meet coming up in a few weeks.
Three Tigers went undefeated this weekend in individual events. Senior Chris Culkin (Novi, Mich.) cleaned up all weekend in the distance events and scored the men’s first win on Friday at ONU in the 1000 free with a time of 10:05.21, nearly 27 seconds ahead of the first ONU competitor, and went on to add a victory in the 500 free. He repeated this performance on Saturday and also turned in a split of 49.06 in the men’s 400 Free Relay. Junior Teddy Hutchinson (Sudbury, Mass.) turned in a first-place finish later in the 100 backstroke on Friday night and repeated those performances on Saturday. Molly Gustafson captured first-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke both nights as well.
For complete results checkout the schedule and results section of our website.
As you head into this holiday weekend we hope you’ll get some time off. As you wait around for the turkey to come out of the oven, we’d like to encourage you to start your Wittenberg application. Wittenberg’s early decision deadline has already passed and the Early Action deadline will be coming up next week on Dec. 1. You can begin your application on the Admission website.
We are looking forward to meeting you on campus during a visit after the first of the year. Here are some special visit dates for visiting campus.
- Jan. 21 and 22
- Feb. 4 and 5
- Feb. 18 and 19
If you are interested in making a visit, please reply to this message or send us an e-mail at any time. A campus visit is a great way to meet the team and see Wittenberg’s beautiful campus.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season,
Coach Koukis and Coach Rafferty
We’re now into our eighth week of training. It amazing how fast the season is moving. We’ll be heading home for Thanksgiving in a little over a week, but before then there is still a lot of work to do. We had a pair of wins this past weekend that I will recap and we are gearing up for back to back meets this Friday and Saturday.
The men defeated Wilmington 96-33 and Transylvania 92-43, while the women took home wins of 111-28 over Wilmington and 83-56 over Transylvania.
To start things off, the 200-yard medley relay team of freshman Sarah Wilson (Centennial, Colo.), freshman Molly Gustafson (West Hartford, Conn.), sophomore Jane Tsivitse (Wyoming, Ohio) and sophomore Ward McNulty (Glencoe, Ill.) took first place in a time of 1:54.13.
Gustafson went on to add a win in the 100 breaststroke and McNulty tacked on a 50 freestyle victory. Later, Tsivitse, Gustafson and McNulty teamed up with sophomore Katherine Ritzi (Beavercreek, Ohio) to take first in the 200 freestyle relay.
Senior Megan Shubitowski (Columbus, Ohio) also won multiple events, sweeping the one- and three-meter diving competitions.
Other women’s winners included junior Victoria Parker (Columbus, Ind.) in the 1000 freestyle and junior Megan Tassone (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the 200 breaststroke.
The men also started the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay on strong performances by junior Teddy Hutchinson (Sudbury, Mass.), senior Phil Bambach (Dublin, Ohio), senior Zach Stewart (Vincennes, Ind.) and freshman Jon Drewsen (Fond du Lac, Wisc.), who again posted the event’s best leg.
All four swimmers from the relay went on to additional individual wins, including the 50 and 100 freestyles for Drewsen, the 200 free and 100 butterfly for Stewart, the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke for Hutchinson and the 100 breaststroke for Bambach.
Freshman Blake Bosworth (Grandville, Mich.) also took home multiple wins, racing to first-place finishes in the 1000 and 500 freestyles. Other winners included sophomore Andrew Koukis (Delaware, Ohio) in the 100 back and junior Gus Appenbrink (Naperville, Ill.) in the one-meter and three-meter diving.
For Prospective Students:
As November progresses we’d like to encourage you to get your application started. If you are considering applying Early Decision or Early Action those deadlines are approaching in December.
If you have not been to campus for an overnight visit yet, we will be announcing dates for visits in January very soon. As always, we’re happy you most any time that is most convenient for you.
We had our first double dual meet of the season and brought home a pair of wins against Franklin and two losses to DePauw. It was the type of weekend that we went into with high hopes and didn’t meet every goal we had. That said, we learned a lot as a team about racing and seizing each opportunity we have and are looking forward to more competition in the coming week.
Freshman Blake Bosworth (Grandville, Mich.) started the meet off right by finishing first in the 1,000 free (10:16.84). The women saw back-to-back Tiger first-placers in the 200 fly and 50 free thanks to junior Rachel Leeds (Bexley, Ohio) and sophomore Ward McNulty (Glencoe, Ill.), respectively (2:28.31 and 25.72).
Sophomore Jane Tsivitse (Wyoming, Ohio/Wyoming) picked up a win in the 100 fly (102.96) to wrap up the meet for the women.
Junior diver Gus Appenbrink (Naperville, Ill.) again had a strong performance in the diving pool, with a first-place finish in the one-meter event and second in the three-meter version. Senior Megan Shubitowski (Columbus, Ohio) swept the diving events, winning the three-meter contest by a 30-point margin and the one-meter version by a margin of 15. And the newest member of our team, freshman Rebecca Oswalt (Newark, Ohio) competed her first 6-dive list!
Junior Teddy Hutchinson (Sudbury, Mass.) took home first-prize in the 200 back (2:02.76), and the men’s meet was capped by a win in the 100 fly by senior Zach Stewart (Vincennes, Ind.) (54.68).
As December approaches it’s important to remember that Wittenberg’s early decision and early action deadlines are on the horizon. If you have not begun your online application yet, please follow this link to begin the process.
If you have not familiarized your self with Wittenberg’s merit-based and need-based financial aid opportunities, I’d suggest that you take a look. Wittenberg is now offering a really cool web app that estimates what your financial aid package will be - check it out.
You can expect a couple of updates on our blog this week. Tomorrow we have our annual philanthropy event and will post some pictures and video for. Stay tuned.
Sunday afternoon we received word from the North Coast Athletic Conference that Jon Drewson ’14 (Fond du Lac, WI) received the NCAC Swimmer of the Week Award. It’s rare to see a first-year athlete get that award, but we’re hardly surprised. Jon won the 50 free on Friday and Saturday and contributed to three of four winning relays over the weekend. This is a big feather to put in our cap at the end of a great weekend. Here is the link to the NCAC site.
Saturday afternoon we traveled to Wooster to face off against the Scotts. The rivalry between Wittenberg and Wooster crosses every sport and swimming is as intense as they get. As I think back over the years of dual meets some of our best performances have come from that opening weekend meet. This year was no different, other than the level at which we performed. The men started off the meet by taking first and second in the 200 medley relay and then went on to win 12 of 13 events throughout the remainder of the meet. We swept the top two places in 6 different events and recorded more in season best times than we could count.
On the women’s side, we came up a little bit short of a win, but had a lot of outstanding individual and relay performances. The women’s 200 medley remains undefeated, as do Molly Gustafson ’14 (West Hartford, Conn.) in the breaststroke and Megan Shubitowski ’11 (Columbus, Ohio) in the one and three-meter diving events.
You can read all about the Wooster meet and get individual results on our website.
Friday night was our home opener against Ohio Wesleyan. If you haven’t had a chance to come to a swim meet in the Wittenberg natatorium, you’re missing out. Our fans are as enthusiastic as they come. Our pool is the perfect size to create a dual meet atmosphere that transfers energy from one person to the next. And the competition on both sides of the pool this past Friday was intense.
Meet’s against Ohio Wesleyan are always extra fun because Coach Koukis is an OWU alum and former assistant coach. When we come away with a pair of wins like we did on Friday night it makes for a really exciting time on deck. This was our first dual meet of the season and was a great opportunity to get up and race in our home pool. We had a lot of top performers. You can read all about the OWU meet and get individual results on our website.
Next week we head to DePauw for what will certainly be a great match-up. Stay Tuned…