David Albers is a member of the UC San Diego men’s water polo team, serving as a utility player. “We're quickly moving on in our official transition from Division 2 to Division 1, and we finished the season ranked in the top ten of Division 1. Also I just declared an international business major.”
Hailey Arteaga is on a softball scholarship at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, a Division 1 school competing in the Big East Conference. “A normal day consists of waking up at 5 or 6 am to practice or lift weights, going to class, practicing or lifting (again), and finally, doing homework. This has been a constant routine to prepare for our season. Now that we’re in season, our team will travel around the country to compete against some of the best teams and I am excited to have the opportunity to earn a spot in the outfield. Webb has definitely prepared me for the rigor of my college classes and the ability to balance a busy schedule. Go Pirates!”
Barrett Fischer is a center midfielder for the Pomona-Pitzer men’s soccer team, which finished their season with an 8-6-2 record in conference play. PHOTO
Ray Dahlstrom is rowing with the Cal Bears, the current Pac 12 and National Champions. The full race season begins in April, but this fall, Ray made the Freshman 8 that won the Princeton Chase, beating the Ivies. He is enjoying Cal classes too, majoring in Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Resources.
McKenna Lamb is a midfielder/forward for the Mount Holyoke women’s soccer team. She scored a hat trick in the season opener and three more before the end of season. McKenna is majoring in Pre Med and Bio Chemistry.
Keely Marquez is playing softball for Emerson College. “I have 6 am practices 4 days out of the week and we usually go to the gym the other 3 days. Emerson softball has one of the highest GPAs out of Division III softball. I balance all of this with my 6 course class schedule and the productions I am working as an assistant scenic designer for the theatre program here. Being a college athlete has proven to be very challenging, but at the end of the day I wouldn't trade it for the world!
Shey Newton redshirted his freshman season with the University of San Diego football team. “2016 was great! We finished the year 10-2, which included an undefeated 8-0 season. In the first round of playoffs, we competed at Cal Poly, finishing the night with a 35-21 win over the Mustangs. We then travelled to North Dakota to compete against the #1 ranked and 5-time consecutive champs NDSU Bisons, where our season came to an end. I think there is a lot to say about student-athletes. We are full time student-athletes with 12+ hour days. When others are napping, we are icing our bodies or stretching. But I love it because in the end, I’m going to leave with a great experience and, better yet, a great education!
Matthew Paik is a member of the Pomona-Pitzer men’s basketball team, which competes in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Matthew is studying computer science and economics.
Richard Parnell is swimming for Chapman University, competing in the 100 free, 100 fly, and 200 free this year. He’s studying film and English, double majoring in Creative Producing and English. PHOTO
Ryan Whithorn is redshirting this year with the Concordia University baseball team. “Practices and training are like no other. I am playing shortstop and preparing for the 2018 spring season. I take my classes early in the morning after we lift in the weight room, and I’m done with classes by 10 am every day. After lunch, I get to the field around 12 and don't leave until 6 pm on average. We are the only Division 2 school in Orange County, so a lot of MLB players (who are alumni) come back and bring their teammates. Yesterday we had 6 pros come out and practice with us! It's a lot of fun, being around these types of players. I am enrolled in the school of business and focusing on sports management.”
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