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The reality of international travel for varsity teams  

The men’s tennis team took a trip to Cambodia in the spring of 2018. Photo contributed by Gary Ho.

Dylan Mathias, Sports Reporter

November 21, 2019

For Whitman’s varsity athletic teams, international travel has been an important part of team development. This additional opportunity for play makes a positive impact on athletic teams – not only for gaining practice, but also in terms of becoming a more cohesive unit.  In August of this year...

“Hour of Power”: Nation’s swimmers unite against cancer

Whitman students and Walla Walla community members participate in “Hour of Power,” a swim relay race that raised awareness and money for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research. Photo contributed by Whitman Athletics.

Charlotte Elliott, Sports Reporter

November 21, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Whitman’s varsity swim team was joined by members of the Walla Walla Swim Club and other members of the Walla Walla community to raise awareness and money for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research. The swimmers were part of the "Hour of Power" – an annual event ...

SAAC puts on “It’s on Us” Week of Action

Emily Solomon, Sports Editor

November 21, 2019

The week of Oct 21 was the National "It’s On Us" Week of Action. By encouraging conversation through the varsity athletic community Whitman’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) used this national event to remind the Whitman community that it’s on us to prevent sexual violence . SAAC’s prim...

Whitman Blues swim to success against George Fox

Illustration by Lanh Tran

Charlotte Elliott, Sports Reporter

November 15, 2019

The Whitman swim team's reputation can be summed up in one word: fast. Despite only having had two meets so far this season, they already have a good chance of winning this season’s Northwest Conference Championships. On Saturday, Nov. 2, both the men’s and women’s teams competed against George F...

Whitman soccer celebrates seniors at last home game 

Women’s soccer seniors pose with their framed Whitman jerseys. From left to right: Allie Seracuse, Sophie Brussell, Emily Rigsby, Sofia Ellington, Jessie Mano, Tate Kautzky, Kenz Tierney, Pagan Hetherington and Bryanna Schreiber. Contributed photos by Bryanna Schreiber

Emily Solomon, Sports Editor

November 14, 2019

On Sunday, Nov. 3, both men’s and women’s soccer teams honored their respective classes of 2020 with a pregame celebration on the Whitman Athletic Fields. The women’s team capped off Senior Day with a 2-0 win over Pacific University, while the men’s team narrowly lost to Willamette 0-1.  Fo...

Women’s cross country takes first in NWC conference

Senior Bryn Carlson competes in the 2019 Cross Country Northwest Conference Championship. Contributed photo by Scott Shields

Dylan Mathias , Sports Reporter

November 14, 2019

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the women’s cross country team finished first in the Northwest Conference Championship. The Blues have steadily improved their conference championship performances over the last few years, culminating in their recent first place conference finish this season. The last time the ...

Swiftwater rescue class traverses Lakum Duckum

Outdoor Program Rental Shop Manager Lish Riley makes her way across Lakum Dukum. Photo contributed by Stuart Chapin

Emily Solomon, Sports Editor

November 7, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 18, Assistant Director of the Outdoor Program Stuart Chapin’s Swift Water Rescue class — a sports studies, recreation and athletics (SSRA) course — built a tyrolean traverse. A tyrolean traverse is when a rope is established across a gap in a cliff or a river in order to mov...

Family members vs. students: IM spikeball over Family Weekend

Students and parents enjoy a friendly, competitive game of spikeball during Family Weekend. Photos contributed by Peter Fitch

Charlotte Elliott, Sports Reporter

November 7, 2019

Family Weekend is a time to showcase the best of what the college has to offer, and one of this year’s events certainly did not disappoint.  On Saturday, Oct. 26., Whitman College’s intramural (IM) committee hosted a spikeball competition for current students and visiting family members. An estim...

Basketball and swim teams host alumni events to kick off season

Illustration by Anika Vučićević

Dylan Mathias, Sports Reporter

November 7, 2019

Over Family Weekend, Oct. 25-27, some students could be found giving their family a tour of campus, attending a planetarium show or dining out — putting their parents’ wallets to good use. The swim and basketball teams, on the other hand, were wrapping up the preseason by competing against Whitman al...

Varsity athletes give back in Friends Mentor program

Emily Solomon, Sports Editor

November 1, 2019

College student mentors play an important role in many people's lives, and they are especially crucial for kids who do not have someone they can look up to in their own family or household. The Friends of Children of Walla Walla Mentor Program brings Whitman students to many of the elementary schoo...

The importance of an active study break

Illustration by Anika Vučićević

Charlotte Elliott, Sports Reporter

November 1, 2019

Whitman has many varsity athletes, with over 20 percent of Whitman's student body taking part in varsity sports. Despite this, a lesser-known quality of the college is how sporty the remaining 80 percent are. When Mother Nature is in a good mood — predominately during the summer months — Whitt...

Theme nights lined up for women’s volleyball’s final homestead

First-year Christina Boxberger (left), junior Elyse Benavides (middle) and junior Ruby Matthews (right) prepare for a serve versus conference opponent, University of Puget Sound. Contributed photo by Whitman Athletics

Bhavesh Gulrajani , Sports Reporter

October 31, 2019

The women’s volleyball team will play their final home games of the season this weekend, which also marks the end of theme nights — games during which players dress up according to designated themes. The team is closing out the season strong, planning on two final theme nights for their upcomi...

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