Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Iron Bronco Finish Line

The Iron Bronco is officially over and the shirts are available for pick-up now in the Malley Center! Pick yours up anytime from now until June 9 at 6 PM. Additionally, to access the list of team and individual finishers, visit our website at scu.edu/recreation

Congratulations to Lexie Smallwood

Lexie Smallwood, president of the equestrian team, won her class at IHSA Nationals that took place from May 5th through May 8th in Lexington, Kentucky at the famous Kentucky Horse Park built for the World Equestrian Games and used to host Olympic trials. She is now the Intermediate Fences National Champion.
In total, there are approximately 6,700 riders who are a part of the IHSA. These riders compete throughout the year to accumulate points and when a rider reaches 35 points they make it through the post season and subsequently move up to the next division which is regionals. The top two from regionals (bay area schools) then move onto zones (all west coast schools), and the top two from zones move onto nationals.
Lexie, after winning her class at zone finals had about a month to train until she left for Kentucky, she worked hard not only practicing for nationals but also to help pay for her extra practice expenses, alongside balancing her classes and homework. Since a horse property is relatively hard to come by in the Bay Area, she has to drive nearly 30 miles south every week for a one hour practice. Most of the competitive teams that she encountered from the East Coast had huge barns on their college campus, with very expensive horses given to them by former alumni and donors. Meanwhile, our equestrian team rely on random amounts that come and go as they get bought and sold, never really being able to form the horse-rider bond that is so paramount to success in this sport. Despite all this, SCU equestrian team finished their last show of the year as Reserve Champions, and Lexie Smallwood won the nationals. We are so proud of Lexie and the rest of the team!!

To read more about Lexie's journey, check out this article in The Santa Clara!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Michael Kelly Classic

The Michael Kelly 3 on 3 Memorial Basketball Tournament honors a dear friend of many of us in Campus Recreation that tragically passed away in 2013. Michael was a proud Bronco in every sense of the word and embodied all that is truly special about this university and community.

We are so thankful for all of those that were able to come out and support this event. We had 9 men's teams and 3 women's teams compete to take home the championship title and raise money for the Michael Kelly Endowed Scholarship. Thank you to all those who volunteered and helped make this event a success.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Janice DeMonsi appointed to NIRSA board!

We are proud to announce that our fearless leader, Janice DeMonsi, has been appointed to serve as the NIRSA board's annual director during the 2016-2017 year. Careful consideration was given to the appointment of this position. Janice was selected for her strong background and commitment to the board. The NIRSA board will greatly benefit from her incredible work ethic and strategic thought process in carrying out this years strategic plan. 

Congrats Janice! We can't wait to see the effects of the amazing insight you will bring to this years board!

To read more about her appointment click here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Employee of the Week: Alberto A (5/1)

Our Employee of the Week is Alberto A. from the weight room. Alberto is from San Diego, CA and is a junior finance and sociology double major. He has been an employee here for about 8  months and is a great addition to our team. Thanks for all your hard work, Alberto!