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Climbing club: A history of champions

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2020

Over the last decade the strength of Whitman’s climbing team has increased and they have reached new heights in competition. However, this has not altered their emphasis on having fun, building community and growing the sport in an inclusive way. For Noah Lani Litwinsella, class of 2018, collegiate...

Nordic Skiing at Whitman: 2001 to present

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

Tucker Grinnan, Sports Reporter

October 15, 2020

Over the years Nordic skiing has meant a lot of different things to different people at Whitman, but it has remained a way to get outside and experience beautiful places with amazing people. When Ethan Townsend took over as head coach in 2001, the team trained regularly around Walla Walla in the fall...

Whitman club sports foster community during the pandemic

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

Whitman club sports continue to create and maintain supportive communities despite major structural changes due to the pandemic. Club sports at Whitman would typically be hosting regular practices on campus around this time. Participants would be learning the routine of practice and enjoying regular...

Pay to Play? Club Sports Stretch to Cover Funding Shortfalls

The sources of Club Sports funding. Infographic by Marra Clay.

Conor Scanlon, Staff Reporter

March 9, 2017

Including 11 teams and hundreds of athletes, Club Sports at Whitman play a massive role in the lives of many students. With so many teams applying for and deserving of funding, it is not always easy to decide where the money goes. Historically, teams have been left with more questions than answers. Howev...

Whitman Climbing Team Ascends to New Heights in NC3 Rankings

Photo by Natalie Mutter

March 3, 2016

Most Whitman students know about the huge climbing wall and it’s popularity regardless of whether or not they actually climb. But what students might not know is that Whitman has a club climbing team that is currently ranked first in the NC3 (Northwest Collegiate Climbing Circuit). The NC3 is made up elev...

Club Sports Continue to Thrive at Whitman

Photo by Mika Nobles

February 4, 2016

Whitman club sports offer everyone on campus a way to play a sport at an extremely high level while also giving those who are simply looking for a good time a chance to have fun and bond with new teammates. The Club Tennis team had many new players join a team that competed hard all of last year,...

Women’s Lacrosse Prepares to Become Varsity Sport

Women's Lacrosse Prepares to Become Varsity Sport

Sarah Anderegg

March 13, 2014

Silly costumes and lacrosse sticks are not the typical outfit combination students might expect to encounter when walking across Ankeny Field. However, last week, the women's lacrosse team was seen dressed up in crazy outfits to bring attention to and celebrate the start of their spring 2014 season. Th...

ASWC to continue review of college chaperone policy

Maegan Nelson

October 18, 2012

Over the years, policies instilled by the college have evolved based on their usability and popularity for the student body. Students historically have never been hesitant to take it upon themselves to be the driving forces behind this change. One such policy that students are looking to reexamine this...

IM, club sports

Kyle Howe

September 13, 2012

After a long day of classes, many students like to find a way to relax and recuperate. At Whitman College one popular way to do this is through sports. At Whitman, however, you don't have to be a varsity athlete to have fun and be competitive. Soccer, men's and women's rugby, men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's ultimate Frisbee,...

Diagnosing Whitman

Alyssa Fairbanks

November 10, 2011

IM athletes in pursuit of the illustrious blue shirt often sacrifice personal safety in the name of intramural glory, many inevitably finding themselves at the Welty Health Center for the treatment of injuries. Considering the prominence of intramural and club competition on campus, how does the health...

Ski team exceeds expectations at nationals

Credit: Carrie Sloane

Andrew Hawkins

March 31, 2011

The Whitman College men's and women's club alpine ski team finished in the top 10 in each event they participated in during United States  Collegiate  Skiing and Snowboarding Association (USCSA) National Championships, held in Sun Valley, Idaho. Whitman's alpine team made it to the USCSA National Championships last ...

Track and Field Club a training resource for variety of Whitman athletes

Matt Manley

February 10, 2011

Coming to Whitman as a dual-sport athlete in cross country and track, sophomore Katri Gilbert felt something missing her first spring at Whitman. "In high school, I noticed a lot of the cross country runners did track and trained for most of the year. When I came to Whitman I was wondering, 'Why don't...

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