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Athlete of the week: Josh Powell ’18

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Swarthmore men’s tennis have had an excellent season this spring. The team won their first eight conference matches and currently sit at an 8-1 conference record and a 12-11 overall record. Key to the Garnet’s success has been Josh Powell ’18. The senior from Norwich, Conn., added to his career accomplishments by picking up Centennial Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of April 23 after going 4-0 in his matches during that week. The Garnet are currently ranked at 16th nationally as they enter the Centennial Conference tournament. They begin the tournament with a home match against Haverford on Saturday, May 5.

Jack Corkery: What is your major, and what led you to choose it?

Josh Powell: I am an engineering and computer science double major. I started taking engineering classes because I was interested in a technical major that puts a lot of focus on building tangible things. Later on, I took the introductory computer science classes and enjoyed them so continued taking them.

J.C.: How did you decide to attend Swarthmore?

J.P.: I was really interested in a liberal arts school where I could study engineering and play tennis. I also loved how close the tennis team was and the overall team dynamic.

J.C.: How did you begin playing tennis?

J.P.: My dad is a really big tennis fan and a former college player. We started playing tennis when I was very young.

J.C.: What was it like being named Centennial Conference Player of the Week?

JP: The team had two big wins that week against Mary Washington and Franklin and Marshall. I was happy to be a part of that and see the tennis team rise to no.16 in the national rankings as a result.

J.C.: How do you feel about the team’s chances in the Centennial Conference playoffs and the NCAA playoffs?

J.P.: The team is confident because we have had a strong season but we recognize that we will have to win two tough matches in the Centennial Conference playoffs. We are really just focused on the Conference playoffs this weekend right now and if we win, we will start thinking about the NCAA tournament.

J.C.: Do you have any post-graduation plans?

J.P.: I am planning on travelling after graduation and will start working at Uber ATG as a software engineer at the end of July.

J.C.: What is one thing that you would change about Swarthmore?

J.P.: I am lactose-intolerant, and I wish there was non-dairy ice cream in Sharples every night.

J.C.: What is your favorite Swarthmore tennis memory?

J.P.: My favorite memory was the tennis trip to Southern California this past spring break. We had some really good results. However, for me, the highlight was spending time with the team off court, from getting Korean BBQ to just relaxing after a match.

Athlete of the week: Cam Marsh ’18

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The Swarthmore Garnet men’s lacrosse team have three games to go in their regular season, and they hope to make a playoff push. The Garnet are currently seventh in the Centennial Conference standings but are a strong finish away from moving up to fourth place. Key in this late-season push will be Cam Marsh 18. The attacker from Upper Arlington, Ohio, recently scored his hundredth career goal last Saturday against tenth-ranked Dickinson, becoming just the fifth Swarthmore men’s lacrosse player to join the 100 goals club. The Garnet return to action April 21 in an away matchup with McDaniel.

Jack Corkery: What is your major, and what made you choose it?

Cam Marsh: I am a computer science major and math minor. Math has always been my favorite subject in school, and I really enjoyed the first CS class I took in high school. Since they pair so well together, it was an easy decision for me.

JC: How does it feel to join the 100 goal club?

CM: Swarthmore has a historic lacrosse program with some great players, and to reach this milestone is pretty cool. I am really lucky to have played with a lot of great guys.

JC: What are your personal and team goals for the remainder of the season?

CM: As a team, our goal is to win the last three games of the regular season and make it as far as we can in the conference tournament. I hope that I can keep playing in a way that best helps the team and enjoy the rest of the season with my teammates.

JC: If you could change anything about Swat, what would it be?

CM: I wish time moved a little slower. It’s hard being a student-athlete and managing your time, and my four years feel like they have flown by. I have enjoyed my time at Swat so much that I wish I had more time to take it all in.

JC: Do you have any post-graduation plans?

CM: I am taking a software development job for a startup company after graduation. I don’t really have any long term plans though, I’m not thinking that far ahead.

Athlete of the week: Daniel Altieri ’19

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Daniel Altieri ’19 has started the 2018 spring golf season off hot, winning a share of the Centennial Conference’s golfer of the week accolade for his strong performance at the Hershey Cup this past week. Altieri, a junior golfer from Skillman, N.J., finished tied for third place, shooting a 74 overall, and leading the team to a fifth-place finish out of 15 teams. Although the tournament was cut short due to the snow, the signs of life in the team were promising. Altieri and the Garnet are back in action on April 14 at the Rosemont Invitational.

Ping Promrat: What is your major, and what made you decide to choose it?

Daniel Altieri: I am an economics and environmental studies double major. I am really interested in learning about the intersections between societal development and environmental conservation, and how to tackle the perceived notion that economic progress and sustainability are mutually exclusive. The classes that I have taken in both departments have been fun, but the classes in environmental studies have been especially enjoyable. The professors are awesome.

PP: What got you into golf as a kid? How did you find out about Swarthmore in the recruiting process?

DA: I first started playing golf with my dad when I was pretty young. He started playing when he got out of college, so I learned from him. I also played basketball and ran cross country in high school, but I knew I wanted to play golf in college. My older brother played golf at Franklin and Marshall, so I learned about Swarthmore through his recruiting process and the tournaments he played against them. I talked with Coach Heller often, and after visiting the school my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to come here.

PP: What were some of the highlights of the team’s spring break trip to Florida?

DA: The spring break trip is always one of the best times of the year. This year in Florida it was really fun just to spend time with the team, whether it was practicing during the day or hanging out at night. I would say going to the World Golf Hall of Fame was a highlight, getting to see the history and memorabilia from the greatest players and moments was really cool.

PP: What are the greatest challenges in being a student athlete?

DA: I think the greatest challenge is the same challenge that many students at Swat face, and that’s managing time. During our fall and spring seasons, we travel on the weekends, staying in hotels and coming back to campus late at night, and with practice during the week, it really makes you focus on schoolwork during your downtime. My time here at Swat has really helped me become more efficient at balancing multiple commitments.

PP: Talk a little bit about the tournament last weekend. How did it feel to be named Centennial Conference golfer of the week?

DA: The tournament at Hershey was a good sign for our team. Even though it was cut short to just one day, the way the guys and I played was really solid, beating four of the top 50 teams in the country. I really worked on my game over the winter, so having a good showing was a confidence boost. Being named golfer of the week is always a great thing; the other teams in the conference are strong so being able to stack up with them shows our work is paying off.

PP: If you could change one thing about Swarthmore, what would it be and why?

DA: I would probably want to upgrade some of the old facilities around campus. From the fieldhouse and tennis courts to rooms in dorms and, of course, Sharples, I think the overall student experience would be more positive if the infrastructure were up to date. It is good to know that there are long-term plans in place to work on this issue, so hopefully later class years will get to see the progress.

PP: If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be and why?

DA: Either Normandy, France, or Istanbul, Turkey. Both those places were the settings for some of the biggest events in human history, so being able to put myself in those environments would be special. I actually have never been to California, so maybe I should try to check that out first. San Francisco would definitely be the first stop!

Athlete of the week: Ricky Conti ’19

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Ricky Conti 19, a junior right-handed pitcher from Claremont, Calif. has started the 2018 baseball season off hot, and is currently tied for first in the Centennial Conference for the most wins in games pitched. Conti has appeared in five games so far, and won four in 24 innings pitched. He has struck out an impressive 27 batters, with a season high of nine strikeouts in a win over Stockton University. The team as a whole carries an impressive 12-5 record as they begin conference play, and next take the field on Friday at 3 p.m. at Elizabethtown College.

Ping Promrat: What is your major, and what made you decide to choose it?

Ricky Conti: I’m a mathematics and economics double major. I love how with math you prove cool theories and stuff. Some of the stuff we have gone over in class is out of this world. I also appreciate the objective nature of mathematics. Although there may be different ways to solve a problem or prove a theorem, there is a correct answer in the end. It’s the thrill of the chase that gets me going! With regard to economics, I think the subject is absolutely vital in creating a more well-rounded person, one of the true goals of the liberal arts. Having a functional understanding of money and markets is important for anybody looking to make an impact on the world. Intro to Econ should be a graduation requirement in my humble opinion.

PP: What brought you to play baseball as a kid?

RC: Baseball is such a beautiful sport. It’s really unique in the way that is constructed. In most sports, there is a clock, so you have to rush to get things done. Similarly, getting pumped up before the game can make a positive impact on one’s play. Baseball is a little different. Staying calm, cool, and collected  (basically being able to control your emotions) is huge, especially as a pitcher. I can take my time out on the mound, knowing that every inning, all I need to do is get three outs.

PP: How did you find out about Swarthmore in the recruiting process?

RC: Being from Southern California, a lot of college coaches came to my area to recruit. I was recruited by a lot of schools on the West Coast, and a good amount from the Midwest and Northeast. So Swat really came to me. I didn’t really vibe with this part of the country, especially for how cold the Northeast is. However, the coaches seemed like they really were diggin’ what I was dealin’, and that was big for me in the recruiting process, so I gave Swat a go.

PP: What is the best class you’ve taken at Swat and why?

RC: That’s a tough question. Although figuring out a number one is hard, making a top three is easy. I really liked Astro 1 with Professor Aaron Grocholski. Learning about like the universe, planets, stars, and stuff was pretty cool, especially since I had never taken a class like that. Macroeconomics is also a top choice for me. Professor Mark Kuperberg knows how to teach, so I learned tons and really valued the class. The last one I’ll mention is Math 57 with Professor Noah Giansiracusa. The class places a huge emphasis on collaboration, which has actually really helped me learn the material.

PP: What are the greatest difficulties in being a student-athlete?

RC: The biggest struggle a student-athlete could have is being truly passionate about both. Some might say it’s like having a crush on two different people. No matter how you want to phrase it, more time for one means less time for the other. If I had it my way, I would be able to spend as much time in the gym and in the cage as I wanted, while being able to go back to my dorm and pause time to finish all my work. Unfortunately, I have only so much time and energy to give, so I make the best of it everyday.

PP: How does it feel to be tied for first in the conference for pitchers in wins? What are the team’s expectations for conference play this year?

RC: That makes me happy because if I’m winning games, that means my team is winning games. My job is to go out there and, pitch by pitch, help my team win. That being said, there is a ton of work left to be done and lots of season left. If I finished my season with the same number of wins as I have now, I wouldn’t be too happy. We have a lot of important games left on the schedule, and those games aren’t going to win themselves. We fully expect to win the conference. That’s why we have morning runs, team lifts, and team practices. We don’t do all those things, and more, in hopes of being average. We do all those things because we know the work it takes to become a championship team, so we do that work.

PP: Lastly, give me your three favorite things about California.

RC: I know I talk a lot about being from the greatest state in the country, so it feels good to finally be able to write about it on paper. For starters, that’s where my family is and that’s where I’m from. Being from California is definitely a piece of my identity that I hold close. I was born and raised in the suburbs of the Los Angeles area. Pretty much, home is where the heart is. Second is the sunshine and weather. I’ve been to many states, so I can surely tell you that a sunny day in California is so much different from a sunny day anywhere else. Being able to walk outside in shorts and a T-shirt during the winter months is something I surely miss. It has never snowed in my area, which I definitely appreciate. Third is the culture. From the people to the food, California is pretty awesome all around. We Californians are very laid back people that enjoy spending time outside and aim for a life free of stress. However, we are also ambitious and curious people who enjoy experiencing new things, while also being very dedicated to whatever our craft is. The Mexican food is as authentic as you can get. We are also home to the greatest hamburger restaurant of all-time, In-N-Out. There’s no arguing that.

Athlete of the week: Tess Wild ’19

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Swarthmore women’s lacrosse has been off to a hot start this season. The team’s record currently stands at 4-0 as their season’s pace kicks up, with conference play beginning next week. Tess Wild ʼ19 has been key to the Garnet’s success so far. The junior from Warminster, Pa. leads the team in both goals and assists, with nine apiece. Her five-goal performance against Lebanon Valley College on March 10 secured her Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. Wild and the Garnet resume action Thursday with a home game against Arcadia.

Jack Corkery: What is your major, and how did you choose to pursue it?

Tess Wild: I am a psychology and economics double major. I was drawn to the social sciences because I’ve always been interested in people, and chose these two disciplines in particular because I’ve found they give me the tools to critically think about myself and my behavior, which I find useful.

JC: What made you decide to attend Swarthmore?

TW: I decided to attend Swarthmore because I believed it would challenge me in and out of the classroom, and give me the space/capability to engage with difficult ideas outside of my comfort zone. I also wanted the chance to contribute to such a great lacrosse program, and having grown up in the Philly suburbs, liked the idea of staying local.

JC: How does it feel to be named Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week?

TW: It’s nice to be recognized for hard work, but I have my teammates to thank for making me look good. Lacrosse is a team sport, and no one player can make offense happen on their own.

JC: How was the team’s spring break trip?

TW: It was definitely nice to escape the cold, if only for a week. Spring break is also always a good chance for us to get to know one another.

JC: Do you have any goals for the upcoming season, either as a team or an individual?

TW: As a team we are focused on consistently playing to our potential, and are working to learn and improve from each game. On the personal level, I want to end the season feeling satisfied I have done all I can to contribute to the team’s success.

Athlete of the week: Ben Hsiung ʼ18

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The Swarthmore men’s swim team wrapped up their dual meet conference season on Saturday with a 121-83 win against Dickinson College. The Garnet finished 6-0 against Centennial Conference opponents, and won their first regular season conference title since 2007. Crucial in the victory was Ben Hsiung ʼ18. The senior leader from Pittsburgh, Pa. won the 200 freestyle in a close finish, out-touching his opponent by 0.14 seconds. The Garnet host their final home meet this Saturday at Ware Pool and then will race into the Centennial Conference Championships the following weekend at Franklin and Marshall College.

Jack Corkery: What is your major, and what made you decide to pursue it?

Ben Hsiung: I’m a chemistry major.  I initially only took chem classes for pre-med requirements, but liked Orgo 1 and loved Orgo 2 because of Professor Paley. I really enjoy how complicated molecules can be produced through a series of logical, and at times elegant, steps.  

JC: What made you decide to attend Swat?

BH: I decided to attend Swarthmore because I knew I could pursue my academic ambitions fully while being a swimmer as well. During my recruiting visit, the close bonds between the swimmers on the team made a deep impression on me, and I was impressed by the support they provided for one another.

JC: What is your favorite event, and why?

BH: My favorite event is the 50 free. I’m not particularly good at it and until this year was never allowed to swim it because there are other events I’m better at, which may be why I like it so much. The 50 is my favorite because it is short and relatively painless. I normally swim 100s and 200s after which I feel nauseous, but the 50 is great because you feel fine after.

JC: How was the winter break training trip?

BH: The training trip was a lot of fun. It was great getting to spend time with teammates just training and not having to worry about school. It was a great opportunity to bond with the team, especially the freshmen I don’t know as well. It was very beneficial in terms of training, since we all put a lot of work in, and the team definitely got stronger and faster from it.

JC: What are your personal and team goals for the remainder of the season?

BH: The team goal is the same it is every year, to beat Gettysburg and win conferences. On a personal level, I hope to go best times in the 100 and 200 back, since I haven’t gone best times in those events since freshman year.

 

Athlete of the week: Audra Woodside ʼ19

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Audra Woodside ʼ19, a forward from Woodstown, NJ. has had a standout season so far for the Garnet women’s basketball team. Although the team has struggled to put up points, Woodside has been a bright spot, averaging 9.3 points per game — a team and personal high. She has had standout games against Washington College and Ursinus, scoring a personal high of 16 points in the former and securing 11 rebounds in the latter. The Garnet hope to finish their season strong, and take on Bryn Mawr College tonight at the Tarble Pavilion.

Ping Promrat: What is your major, and what are your plans following graduation at Swarthmore?

Audra Woodside: I am a double major in chemistry and religion. After I graduate from Swarthmore next year I plan to find a job in some part of the chemical industry. Right now I am interested in cosmetic chemistry, but I am looking forward to exploring various options.

PP: What got you into basketball as a kid?

AW: Playing basketball runs in my family. Two of my grandparents played when they were younger, both of my parents played in high school, and a few of my cousins also played. I grew up going to the high school games of my older cousins and I remember watching them, thinking that one day I was going to be just like them. I loved playing in high school and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to continuing playing in college.

PP: What have been some of the highlights from this season?

AW: I think one of the main highlights for the team this season was the Haverford game. Even though we ended up losing, we played a great three quarters of basketball. It was one time where everyone was in the flow of the game and we were able to come together and play a great game. We were also missing five of our players at that game, which I think made even more impressive that we performed how we did.

PP: Describe what it is like being the leading scorer for the team so far.

AW: My teammates have a lot to do with me being the leading scorer right now. As a post player, some of my points rely on the contribution from my guards. One of my teammates has the ability to know when I’m open even before I do. Also, my fellow post players are amazing. Not only can I trust them to rebound my miss shots, or make an amazing move when I pass the ball to them, but also they are an outstanding support system. They help me with things I need to improve on throughout the games and always help me keep my head together. Basketball is a game of five people working towards one goal and I am really lucky to have teammates who trust me.

PP: What are the greatest challenges in being a student athlete?

AW: Being a student athlete comes with its trials, but also its rewards. Playing a sport is like taking an additional double credit seminar at Swarthmore, and I do not think many people realize the dedication and time commitment it takes. Coach DeVarney states that in addition to our academic classes we also take “basketball class,” and basketball class takes not only physical effort but also a significant amount of mental focus and concentration. Although it sounds cliché I honestly think that the biggest challenges are time management and communication. As a student athlete you have to plan out your schedule weeks ahead and be able to communicate not only to your professors, lab instructors, and leaders of your other commitments but also your coaches and teammates; it requires a lot of planning and a decent amount of give and take.

PP: The team has struggled record wise. What are the coaches/players doing to try and finish the season strong?

AW: We are trying to approach each game one at a time and leave it all out on the court. Our goal for the next six games is to come together as a team and play with as much heart and intensity as possible.  

PP: If you could change one thing about Swarthmore, what would it be and why?

AW: If I could change one thing about Swarthmore it would be the pass/fail policy. I think it is great that we have the option to pass/fail four classes after our first year, but I think it would be better if we could uncover the grade after we decide to pass/fail if we choose. Sometimes we think we have to pass/fail a class because we performed badly on one test, but then are able to work it out by the end of the semester. I would like the opportunity to display that grade if I was happy with it.  

Athlete of the week: Scout Clark ʼ19

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On Saturday, the Swarthmore swim teams had their first competition since returning from their winter training trip in Puerto Rico. The Garnet hosted Stevens Institute of Technology and Rowan University for a tri-meet. Scout Clark ʼ19 won the Centennial Conference Swimmer of the Week for her dominating performance, as she won both the 200 freestyle and the 400 individual medley, and also finished third in the 200 stroke. The Garnet return to competition on Feb. 3 with a home meet against rival Gettysburg.

Jack Corkery: What is your major, and what made you decide to pursue it?

Scout Clark: I am a double chemistry and computer science major. Since high school I have always been interested in chemistry, especially in bringing reactions that we learn in class to life in the lab. My sophomore year, I became interested in CS after my first class because I enjoyed coding and learning how simple languages can be used to construct complex programs and machinery.

JC: What made you decide to attend Swat?

SC: When I first visited Swat, I met most of the swim team, and after hearing about all of their classes/experiences and getting to know all of them, I knew I wanted to come here. Everyone was one big family and so willing to help one another out, both in practice and in school, and I realized I wanted to be a part of something like that in college.

JC: What is your favorite event, and why?

SC: My favorite event is the 200 individual medley. I love it because the race is constantly changing — you do a 50 of each stroke, all out, as fast as you can go. It’s also short and sweet compared to some of the other events I race as a distance swimmer!

JC: How was the winter break training trip?

SC: Training trip was super fun as always. Getting to be in sunny Puerto Rico with the whole team is great because there is so much team bonding, especially because we are living in such close quarters and going through intense training for 10 days. We had doubles most days, with our first practice starting at 6 a.m. and the afternoon practice consisting of swimming and dryland. Some of the highlights were our team breakfasts, going to the beach in between practices, and the boat trip during our day off!

JC: What are your personal and team goals for the remainder of the season?

SC: I plan to continue training hard for the remainder of the season and hope to get some best times and improve my placings at conferences from previous years. For the women’s team, we plan to beat Gettysburg in our meet this weekend and to get at least second place at conferences. We have been swimming faster than we ever have this season, and I am so excited to see what we can do at conferences!

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