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Lady Blues win Pacific Northwest Conference

Lady Blues win Pacific Northwest Conference

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

The Whitman College women’s varsity basketball team claimed the title of Pacific Northwest Conference champions this past Valentine’s Day, but their work is far from done. Senior Natalie Whitesel acknowledged the role their current success will have in shaping the team’s fate, listing a few ...

Writing theses as varsity athletes

Writing theses as varsity athletes

Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Senior year at Whitman is both a celebratory and stressful time for students, especially as they go through crafting theses and preparing for major exams. As a senior capstone project, the thesis is a time-consuming undertaking, especially for varsity athletes who don’t have a lot of free time in...

Varsity swimmers set records at NWC Championships

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Continuing the tradition of excellence, the Whitman men's and women's swim teams made quite the splash at the Northwest Conference (NWC) championships. On Feb. 13-16 in Federal Way, Washington, the Blues competed against eight other schools for the title of champion in the Weyerhaeuser King Count...

Alpine skiing season in full swing

Alpine skiing season in full swing

Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

While some Whitties manage to hop on the shuttle to Bluewood Ski Resort only once or twice during the winter months, Whitman’s alpine ski team makes the trip up to the mountains a part of their regular winter routine. The tight-knit alpine ski team is a club sport that competes against other competitiv...

Swim team says farewell to seniors

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the atmosphere at Harvey Pool at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center was bittersweet as the class of 2020 competed in their last home meet for Whitman College. Head coach Jenn Blomme of the men’s and women’s swim teams recounted her time with her current seniors.  “I am s...

Whitman students organize and complete half-ironman

Whitman students organize and complete half-ironman

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

In the midst of wind and rain, senior Ellen Hom was cautious about her friends undertaking such a feat as a half-ironman. "I was worried that they were going to fall during the bike ride, get frostbite on their hands or develop hypothermia," Hom said. But senior Olivia Engle and sophomore Annek...

Whitties learn strategies for managing mental health

Whitties learn strategies for managing mental health

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

Mental health, an often neglected topic, was illuminated on Monday, Jan. 27, by Bill Drake as he shared strategies for managing mental health with Whitman students. Drake, the Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics and Student-Athlete Wellness at Gonzaga University, spoke to the Whitman College community...

Distance track comes to Whitman

Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

After undergoing a multi-year approval process, Whitman's newest varsity sport, distance track, will begin its first season this spring to the excitement of cross country athletes. When asked about how distance track became approved, junior Ellie Chidsey credited cross country team members senior Whitne...

Intramural sports cater to niche communities

Intramural sports cater to niche communities

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

For students looking for a low-commitment activity to take them out of an academic fog, Intramural (IM) sports provide a way to change the daily routine. There are the traditional sports offered, such as basketball, softball and flag football, but at Whitman there are other unique sports available ...

Soccer headlines IM sports season

Soccer headlines IM sports season

Charlotte Elliott, Sports Reporter

December 12, 2019

Many athletes who have been training for years to perfect the skills necessary to become experts in their sport play in the varsity league. Meanwhile, people with an interest in a specific sport who want to learn how to play better often join club sports. There is, however, a league for people who s...

Whitman athletics team up with Walla Walla super fans

Emily Solomon, Sports Editor

December 12, 2019

From the basketball court to the soccer field to the golf course to the swimming pool, Whitman athletic events are community affairs. Whitman student athletes rely not only on family members and fellow students to cheer them on at matches, games and meets, but also their fans in the Walla Walla comm...

Whitties enjoy ultimate frisbee as a student-led club sport

Whitties enjoy ultimate frisbee as a student-led club sport

Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

December 12, 2019

As a college that contains many nationally-ranked varsity teams, many of which have reputations as Northwest Conference champions and consistent national competitors, club sports risk flying under the radar at Whitman. Ultimate frisbee, however, attracts many students each semester with its entici...

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