October Club Sport of the Month: Ice Hockey

University Recreation is proud to recognize Men’s Club Ice Hockey as Club Sport of the Month. The club first formed in the 1970’s as the NC State Ice Hockey Organization and has since been very successful. Last year, the team earned the bronze medal in the ACCHL championship, medalling for the third year in a row! According to the Technician, the team has a substantial fanbase that helped them raise over $6,000 for a new locker room in the Raleigh IcePlex, where they practice and host games. The new locker room is an incredible gift for the Ice Hockey Club because they don’t have anywhere to put their equipment, so many just leave their pads and sticks in their cars. The teammates have spent many nights and weekends build much of the locker room themselves.

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I was able to interview NC State’s Men’s Club Ice Hockey Team president, Garrett Sunda, to learn more about the team.

University Recreation: When does your season start, and how long does your season last? 

Garrett Sunda: We start practicing at the end of august, our games begin mid September and we play until the ACC tournament in mid February.  

UR: Does your team have any recent achievements that you are especially proud of?
GS: Last year we claimed our third consecutive ACC Regular Season title, which gave us a total of 7, more than any other team in the ACC.

UR: What is a tradition your team has?
GS:  After each practice, a player on the team “gives thanks” which is a short talk about what that person is thankful for such as an upcoming game or thankful for a previous win. It’s a fun tradition that can be both serious and humorous and brings everyone together at the end of each practice.

UR: What is your favorite thing about playing and being a part of a Club Sports team at N.C. State?
GS: Being a student run team gives us flexibility such as who we want to play against and when we want to practice.  It also allows us to focus on our academics while still enjoying the sport we all love.

UR: How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
GS: We practice on the ice three times a week, 6:30 a.m. Monday9:15 p.m. Tuesday10:45 p.m. Thursday.  We also have team workouts at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  The typical on-ice practice involves skill improvement drills, team based drills and some form of conditioning.  It’s a lot of practice each week but that’s what allows us to continue our success.

UR: What is it like to travel around and compete against different schools?
GS: It’s great to be able to see different universities and play different opponents.  Some of the road trips can definitely be tough though. Last night we didn’t get home from Clemson until 5:00 a.m. after a 9:15 p.m. game.

UR: What is your best memory about the Ice Hockey Club team?
GS: In the last home game of my Sophomore year we were up against George Washington.  We were ranked first and GW was second, and the winner would clinch the Regular Season ACC Title.  After going down a few goals early, we started to lose hope.  We kept at it though and ended up being able to tie up the game late in the third period.  We went on to win the game in a shootout and the crowd went crazy.  Definitely a game I will never forget.

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UR: What if someone is interested in the Ice Hockey Club? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
GS:  If someone is interested in joining our team we suggest they fill out a recruit form on our website or email us at icehockey-club@ncsu.edu. Each year there are tryouts in the fall.

UR: What sets Ice Hockey apart from other sports?
GS: As an organization we’ve been growing a lot over the last few years and we now have the support of a rapidly expanding fan base.  It’s awesome to have students and other members of the community support us at our games.  At our UNC rivalry game last year we had over 600 fans! In general, Ice Hockey is different than other sports because it combines a wide range of athletic abilities.  Each player has to be fast and agile but also strong enough to maintain possession of the puck in each battle.  Ice hockey also isn’t a sport that can be quickly picked up. Being able to skate takes years to learn and perfect.  Most of our players have been playing since they were very young.

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Club Ice Hockey invites you to join them this weekend, October 9 through the 11, for their  Annual Stephen Russell Memorial Tournament. The tournament in is a memoriam in honor of a beloved teammate who passed in 2009. The tournament was previously called the Canes Cup, which was sponsored by the Hurricanes. In 2009, the team retired Stephen’s jersey and the Hurricanes renamed the tournament in his honor. Stephen’s family and the team work together with the generous donations from the fans to sponsor this tournament. The tournament was relatively small until last year. This year marks the second year the tournament is the official season opener with the entire league and other region schools participating. The goal of the tournament is to promote sportsmanship, teamwork, the student athletes, and academic excellence. The schedule is jam-packed, so come join the excitement!

Home games are at the Raleigh IcePlex and tickets are available at a reduced price for students.

Think and just do it,

Sarah

Benefits of Competitive Sports

 

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University Recreation is dedicated to providing students with a plethora of options to maintain healthy, active lifestyles while pursuing academic goals. This dedication makes our competitive sports sector an integral part.

Many students at NC State have a passion for athletics. Sadly, not all of us had the basketball skill of Abdul-Malik Abu or the football skill of Jacoby Brissett to continue playing at the highest level. This leads us to require a fix or a supplemental realm to live out our athletic dreams.

Within our recreational facilities at NC State, many competitive sports teams host games and matches built to test competitive will and build camaraderie. From cricket to the popular flag football, University Recreation covers a wide demographic of different athletic interests.

The various sports University Recreation offers allow participants to enjoy a multitude of different sports, even some during the same seasons. Getting into a sport and building relationships with your peers of different characteristics is easier when you’re interacting through competition. Taking advantage of this allows the participant to benefit in a variety of ways.

ACADEMIC 

Playing competitive sports in college has been proven to increase the rate of positive academic achievement. Spikes in grade point average, test scores and overall consistency in school have been linked to participation in intramural and club competition.

A 2014 study at the University of Maryland provided context into the known fact of competitive sports’ impact on education. The research in this study led by Maryland professor Sangmin Kim utilized a representative sample of 9,230 students in high school and college.

10 years of research concluded in findings that showcased a positive relation between high math scores and competitive sports participation. Sports such as baseball, soccer and football in particular showed high scores in reading along with consistently above average scores in math.

These statistics prove the true benefit of competitive sports. The added activity in your schedule can keep you busy while participating in a sport you love. Overall, staying busy is extremely helpful to the pursuit of a success academic career as you are constantly processing experiences. Utilize competitive sports as a part of your day in which exercise produces growth.

SOCIAL

Competitive sports in college allow participants to maximize understanding of their peers and colleagues. The more dialogue a student has with their classmates, the better they understand the culture they reside in and how they can make an impact on it. Competitive sports foster healthy communication through sports, promoting the idea of campus growth.

In a study conducted by Brock University in Ontario, Canada, competitive sports’ benefit to college students is studied on a social level. The study aimed to provide information on what social characteristics changed in participants of friendly competition.

After a review of over 300 surveys, the study found competitive sports to improve leadership abilities grow self-confidence and especially improve tolerance of different culture. The last one in particular struck a nerve as participants noticed a major spike in their acceptance of other culture.

When you go to a prestigious public university, you encounter people from all across the world. Participants of this study showed growth in their understanding through constant communication with people from various cultures. Sports was utilized as a medium between American culture and the world, creating a space in which participants can grow personally through simply playing games.

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Competitive sports also proved to reduce social alienation amongst participants. During college, things get tough and time goes quickly leading to people alienating themselves to find peace. The Brock University study showed that sports allowed students to release the tensions of the day with their peers instead of coping alone.

As a senior at NC State, I can attest to having moments in which I wanted to be alone. Through it all, playing club soccer allowed me to find people who I could relate to, making my time here easier.

The relationships I’ve built through simply playing sports have made life fun at NC State. Whether its having relationships with coworkers or classmates that I already met through competitive sports, simply kicking a ball around built relationships that make my day-to-day routine flow in an enjoyable manner.

PHYSICAL

Over everything, competitive sports’ benefit to the physique is the most evident. Whether its strength, endurance, or coordination, competitive sports allows students to continue living like an athlete.

The mentality behind always being prepared for competition encourages physical attributes to flourish and develop through sport. While having fun and developing relationships, sports such as soccer and basketball promote cardiovascular health.

Cardiovascular health is vital in many day-to-day aspects including energy reservation and energy use. The better your cardiovascular health is, the easier the long walk from one class to another becomes.

Many studies have highlighted competitive sports’ ability to help maintain fitness in participants. The motivation to exercise is unconscious as the motivation to win and have fun prevail. This makes exercise effortless while maximize physical attributes.

Competitive sports provide students with a wonderful opportunity to thrive academically, network with peers and maintain fitness. University Recreation offers a variety of intramural and club sports for the Wolfpack to take advantage of these potential benefits.

To get more information on intramural and club sports, check out the links attached in this sentence. We can’t wait to see you at our courts and fields this year. Plus, we give away really cool shirts to champions!

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Think and DOminate,

Cherif Gueye

 

 

Club Sport of the Month: Equestrian Dressage

NC State University Recreation is excited to highlight NC State’s Equestrian Dressage club team as July’s Club Sport of the Month. This team won numerous titles during the 2014-15 school year and plan to build even more memories and acclaim this upcoming school year.

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To look back on the successes of last year and the exciting future of NC State’s equestrian dressage, here’s our interview with team captain, Ashley Grandis.

University Recreation: How was last year’s club season?

Ashley: Wonderful! Last year, we won Overall Team Champion at our NC State IDA Homeshow. We competed at the St. Andrews University IDA Show, placing ahead of the host team and an additional Reserve Team Champion title. We won the Regional Team Reserve Champion for Region I during the 2014-15 year, an award we hadn’t won since 2008. In addition to our competitive success, we also earned the Community Service Award through Club Sports 2014-15 for our devotion to CORRAL (an organization that pairs rescued horses and at-risk girls for therapy) as our service project for the year.

University Recreation: What are you guys looking forward to the most?

Ashley: We are looking forward to gaining new members and growing our team at a new facility, SaddleTree Stables for the 2015-16 year. Greater scheduling flexibility, more affordable rates for our members, and a larger selection of horses to ride should lead us to even more success.

University Recreation: As the new members come in, what is the most important attribute necessary to becoming a valuable team member?

Ashley: The most important thing to becoming a valuable team member is dedication not only as a rider, but for all aspects of the club. For example, we have different events throughout the year such as bi-weekly meetings, clinics, fundraisers and community service events that are necessary components of being a member of the team. It is vital that members understand the importance of actively participate in these components in addition to the weekly riding lessons and various competitions.

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University Recreation: When does the season start? How long is it?

Ashley: We start recruitment in August with RecFest during the first week of school. After that we host our interest meeting and tryouts a couple days after RecFest. After tryouts we solidify our team roster, and begin weekly lessons the first week of September. We typically have about 5-6 competitions throughout the year. We train and compete both Fall and Spring semesters, excluding Winter Break and Spring Break. Our season wraps up mid April, ending with Nationals if team members qualify.

University Recreation: What is your favorite thing about the team?

Ashley: This team consistently promotes professional, social, and personal growth. From a professional standpoint, the team provides a spectrum of leadership roles from being an active member all the way to taking on officer positions such as President. I finally was able to show on my resume the love I have for this sport throughout my life. Socially, the team creates life long friendships that make our time at NC State even better. I have found my “equestrian family” on through this team. The cherished memories I’ve shared with this group will always be with me.

University Recreation: Typical practice looks like?

Ashley: A typical practice consists of a weekly lesson with four riders per group. Riders are assigned horses by our coach, Jan Jacobson. Members will tack up his or her horse for the day and head to the riding arena for an hour lesson. Typically during a lesson, Jan will take turns working with different riders individually to give riders added personalized coaching. Typically, a few weeks before any competition we practice riding through our dressage tests.

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University Recreation: What is a tradition your team has?

Ashley: As mentioned before, we all enjoy Mexican food and haunted trails. During the Fall we have a lot of competitions that sometimes end up pretty close together spanning from September through early November. Its become a tradition to go to a haunted house or trail at every weekend show when we travel. Additionally, our team frequents El Cerro pretty much every time we get back into town after a day show.

University Recreation: What does a rider need to do to join your squad?

Ashley: In order to join the team a rider needs to attend RecFest and/or communicate via Facebook or email found in the club sports directory to inform current officers of their interest on the team. Potential members should attend the interest meeting and those who chose to take the next step will attend tryouts at our equine facility. Those trying out will pay a small fee for the use of the facility, coach and horses for the day approximately $15. Tryouts will be based on skill, and also availability per division level. After tryouts those who made the cut will pay a small fee for club dues to join in order to be a member for the year.

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The Wolfpack equestrian dressage club’s commitment to success in the arena and in the community is evident. A multitude of honors paired with an impact for the greater good showcases their passion for sustained excellence, which we are excited to follow.

Additional contact with the equestrian dressage team can be done through email at: equestriandressage-club@ncsu.edu.

Club Sport of the Month: Men’s Basketball

NC State University Recreation would like to recognize our men’s basketball team as the highlight of May’s Club Sport of the Month. This past school year the squad consistently competed on a regional and national level. The 2015 NIRSA National Basketball Tournament in April closed their season out.

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In order to learn more about NC State’s men’s club basketball team, here’s our interview with team captain, Benjamin Simons.

University Recreation: How was last year’s club season?

Benjamin: The last year’s club season went decent. Our overall record for combined teams was 19-17 on the year with wins over every club team in state. The club split up into two teams for the spring semester and won the 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament at Wake Forest University. Dunking for Deah was a new 3 on 3 tournament sponsored by our club team in honor of former NC State student, Deah Barakat. This was a huge success raising over $3,000 for his charity alongside our team winning club sports event of the year. We didn’t perform as well as we would have liked to in nationals but we plan to make a big run in the national tournament next year with the majority of players returning.

UREC: Coming up on a new school year, what are you guys looking forward to the most?

B: Our club is looking forward to bringing in 4 to 6 new players who are very good basketball players alongside people. After that we’re looking forward to winning local tournaments plus competing in nationals.

UREC: As the new members come in, what is the most important thing necessary to become a valuable team member?

B: The most important thing to become a valuable team player is getting along with the current players on the team. Team chemistry on and off the court is an important aspect for our club.

UREC: When does the season start? How long is it?

B: The season starts in September with tryouts and runs all the way into mid April with nationals. Our season consists of 8 months.

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UREC: What is your favorite attribute of this squad?

B: My favorite thing about our team is how we compete against other in-state schools. We traditionally have a strong record against in-state universities and hope to keep this going.

UREC: Typical practice looks like?

B: A typical practice consists of playing pick-up for 2 hours every Wednesday night. I try to keep practices laid back but next year we will look to make changes during practice time.

UREC: During travel, what are some of the fondest memories you can recall?

B: The fondest memories would be my sophomore year as our team finished in 3rd place at James Madison University’s fall tournament. 32 club teams across the east coast came to compete in this excellent tournament and to finish 3rd was a huge success. That was one of the most talented teams I’ve played on but the friendships made from that year is another fond memory of mine.

UREC: What is a staple tradition your team has?

B: Our team doesn’t have a staple tradition but something I would like to happen is for The 3 on 3 Tournament, Dunking For Deah to become a new tradition annually hosted by our club team.

UREC: Being a student-athlete has benefitted you in a multitude of ways, top benefit is?

B: We’re no varsity athletes by any stretch but a benefit would be is meeting other club athletes at tournaments and establishing new friendships.

UREC: What does a player need to do to join your squad?

B: A player needs to have skill out on the basketball court but a good attitude as well. I look at skill significantly but it all starts out with being a good team player plus person. They’re a lot of good players at State but players who are talented at basketball alongside being a genuine person have a good shot at making our squad.

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This team has done great things on the court and through this interview, the importance of character and dedication to basketball is evident. With tryouts coming in September, University Recreation will be hosting information for men’s club basketball here.

Additional contact with the men’s club basketball team can be done through email at: basketballmens-club@ncsu.edu

Officials Highlight: Dustin Champion and Chris Jones

NC State’s expansive competitive sports programs would not be as efficient or enjoyable without our officials. University Recreation officials ensure proper regulation, fair play, and sportsmanship amongst Wolfpack participants. The expectations University Recreation upholds would be greatly compromised without the consistent work of our officials.

The abundant amount of sports offered to Wolfpack nation through University Recreation utilize officials to maintain balance. Whether it’s making sure fields and courts are in order for play or enforcing game rules, officials are vital to the flow of club and intramural sports.

Dustin Champion and Chris Jones, in particular, showcase the fundamental skills necessary to make competitive sports worthwhile for NC State students. The interviews below show insight into the great job Dustin and Chris do.

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University Recreation: What is your favorite thing about your job?

Dustin Champion: I love the competition. I love seeing athletes compete at the highest level. From intramural to high school to collegiate, seeing people have true passion for sport drives me. That passion inspires me to love my position.

UR: How long have you been an official?

DC: This is my fifth year officiating. I’ve been an official for three years at the high school level and two years at the collegiate level.

UR: What is the most challenging part of your job?

DC: Getting calls right. Making sure you’re getting the right calls at the right time is the key to basketball and all sports really. You don’t need any mess in your game that doesn’t need to be there.

UR: How has this position benefitted your professional world?

DC: It has helped me develop my leadership skills through finding the balance of working with people younger and older than me. My communication skills have grown through training new employees and learning from my leaders. I’ve learned over time when it is the right time to talk and this position has especially taught me to work hard. This can come in handy down the line when trying to excel in the professional world.

UR: What does being a official mean to you?

DC: Being an official means being a leader on the court. You make sure everything is fair for the competitors and keep the game flowing. A lot of people see us as the bad guys but we are really there to enforce the game and lead. If we have a game and no-one notices we were there, we’ve done our job.

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University Recreation: What is your favorite sport to officiate and why?

Chris Jones: Basketball is my favorite sport to officiate because the intensity from the players, the coaches, and the crowd just make the atmosphere so exciting to work in.

UR: What is the most valuable skill you have learned working as an official?

CJ: The most valuable skill I’ve learned as an official is leadership. Leadership in basketball involves how to manage conflict, making critical decisions, and confidence. This is a critical skill for everyone trying to impact their surroundings.

UR: How has this position benefitted your professional world?

CJ: In the professional world, so many people are intrigued by the life of an official. It gives you an interesting story to tell that is unique and entails a special skill set. In the most important job interview I ever had, the interviewer asked me to table everything I thought we’d talk about and she went straight to asking me about officiating. The position creates a respect that can be fruitful in the future.

UR: How long have you been an official?

CJ: I’m wrapping up my third season as an official, but have had the pleasure to advance to becoming one of the youngest officials at the division II level of the NCAA.

UR: What is the biggest lesson you’ve taken away from your job?

CJ: The biggest lesson I’ve taken away is to always give back knowledge. I’ve learned so much that’s helped me advance as a young official and the biggest thing I can do is turn to another official and pass along my knowledge so they can flourish as well.

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Having a love for the job is something officials must have in order to consistently perform. Officials often encounter slander and unfair criticism in relation to calls in games. A study conducted at Lamar University showcased the passion necessary to push through the negativity to better regulate competition.

This study used over 300 officials from various sports in order to gain knowledge on what drives them. Research proved that these officials are mainly inspired by their commitment to the fairness of a sport, he concept of officiating being seen as only a job was rare.

Valuing the impactful role an official has in a sport is instrumental to the success of our intramural sports. Through their work as officials, Dustin and Chris both fulfill their obligations as officials and represent University Recreation in the highest manner.

Think and DOminate,

Cherif

NC State Club Sports Help Students Gain Culturally Diverse Experiences

Have you ever had the urge to do something that would broaden your horizons as a student? What if I told you that the opportunity to learn more about different cultures and the things people living in those cultures choose to do in their spare time was right here at University Recreation?

Each Year, University Recreation offers an array of club sports… 44 to be exact! The overall mission of each club sport is the same: to provide an organized, competitive and instructional experience for N.C. State students to participate in for the duration of their time at school here. Even so, each and every club sport brings something different to the table.

“NC State University Recreation has a very well rounded list of club sports that are offered, students can find just about anything that will interest them.” says University Recreation’s Competitive Sports Coordinator Daniel Payne.

To meet the multitude of interests that makes up our very diverse student body, University Recreation helps to implement club sports that are not all necessarily the “norm” in the United States. These club sports have an international flare and they come originally from and are mainly practiced in countries all over the world. So, if you are looking for a new cultural experience as well as a way to stay active each semester, check out the following club sports offered by University Recreation.

Rugby

Originating in England, Rugby is a game that combines both the strategy and rules of soccer and football. Today, rugby is commonly played in the United States, as well as many other countries worldwide. The club team at NC State was founded in 1956 and promises to teach club members the value of teamwork, time management, and leadership. There is both a men’s and a women’s club rugby team. For more information on the NC State club rugby team, please click here.

Clogging

When the Irish, Scottish, English, and Dutch-Germans settled the Appalachians in the 1700’s, clogging was soon born. Each of those cultures practiced a certain type of folk dancing, but their settlement together and newfound freedom in America prompted them to combine each style of folk dancing into one: clogging. The club clogging team at NC State began in 1989 under the direction of Marsha Lester and has been very successful in competition ever since. For more information on becoming a part of the club clogging team, please click here.

Aikido

Aikido was founded in 1942 by Japan Native, Morihei Ueshiba. He came up with this form of self-defense by combining his religious and political beliefs with his martial training. The NC State Aikido club provides instruction based on the traditional Japanese martial art principle of non-resistance. This club is open to all- beginners and advanced. If you are interested in learning more about the club Aikido team at NC State, please click here.

“Of the clubs that have an international flare, aikido is a little bit different than most of the other sports” says Payne.  “The Aikido club focuses a lot on instruction and education about their specific sport.”

Though those three club sports are only a small portion of those offered through University Recreation, they are some of the most culturally different club sports offered. Each of them offers a peak into a different culture that you may not be able to get anywhere else. In addition, each of these sports is geared to help you stay physically fit as well as involved as a student here. Becoming a part of a club sport can mean broadening your horizons, meeting a brand new group of people, holding a leadership position within the club and more. It is up to you, however, to pick a club sport, reach out to those who run the club and learn more in order to become a part of something that could truly teach you so much.

“Participating in a club sport is a great way for students to stay involved in a sport or activity that they are interested in without pursuing it on the varsity level,” says Payne.  “Being involved in a club sports provides a sense of community for those participants as well as develops them as student leaders.”

 Shout out for dear old NC State!

Mackenzie

September Club Sport of the Month: Sailing

NC State University Recreation would like to recognize the Sailing Club as September’s Club Sport of the Month.  Yes, you read correctly, I said Sailing Club.  This club was established in 1954, making them our oldest student club on NC State’s campus!

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Below, you can read my interview with Club President, Daniel Hemstreet.  I was able to find out a lot of interesting information about our Sailing Club that I did not know, and now you have a chance too as well.

University Recreation: When does your season start, and how long does your season last?
Sailing Club: The fall season started with the first practice on the August 17, and the first regatta was September 13 in Charleston, SC. The fall season ends with the championship regatta in St. Petersburg, FL on November 1. If the team does well at the championship, finishing in the top 6, the team will continue into November with regional and national regattas. The spring season begins when classes begin in January.

UR: What upcoming competitions are you preparing for?
SC: The race team raced in Clemson, SC on September 20 and is preparing to compete in regattas in both Knoxville, TN and Medford, MA on September 27.

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UR: Does your team have any recent achievements that you are especially proud of?
SC: The Race Team saw its best finish in Spring 2014 with a 3rd place ranking in the northern division of the SAISA conference. That season the team was just two points away from qualifying for Regionals, a feat never achieved by the team within memory.


UR: What is a tradition your team has?
SC: The race team always sends two teams of two sailors to each regatta, an A team and B team. Only one team from each school is on the water at a time and the A team always goes out first. Even though the A team is on the water first and the B team is left ashore, both teams rig the boat together and talk strategy as one team as one pack.

UR: What is your favorite thing about playing and being a part of a Club Sports team at N.C. State?
SC: The best thing about being a part of a Club Sports at NC State is the sense of camaraderie that comes with being on a close-knit team. The team practices three times a week and travels every weekend, so everyone is very close.

UR: How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
SC: The team practices on the water twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, out at Lake Wheeler. On Thursday nights, the team has a classroom practice to talk about drills, tactics, and the upcoming regatta. The women’s team holds an additional practice on Sunday afternoons. Practices begin with a short run to get warmed up, as well as, with a breakdown of the day’s drills and expectations. The boats are quickly rigged, and once out on the water the sailors go through a myriad of boat handling exercises. Each practice typically ends with mock races and tacking drills on the way back to the dock.

UR: What is it like to travel around and compete against different schools?
SC: Traveling to regattas can be a great deal of fun. The road trips are always memorable as we often take the time to stop at iconic places such as South of the Border. In addition, the team competes against the same schools and same sailors at every regatta. We build friendships with people from all over the southeast, and while we may go to schools hundreds of miles away, we get the opportunity to catch up during the weekend both on and off the water.

UR: What is your best memory about Club Sports?
SC: After a very heavy wind regatta in St. Petersburg, FL in October 2012, we began the long drive back to Raleigh doing homework. But before we left the greater Tampa area, we decided to try to find a restaurant that served authentic Cuban sandwiches. Not knowing the area, we relied on Google for direction, and it did not disappoint. We stumbled upon an amazing restaurant called El Palacio de Jugo run by a Cuban family who took us in and treated us like their own. The food was spectacular, and laughs and stories were shared all around. Because the owner, who sat and ate with us the whole time, knew we had far to go to get home, he sent us off with free café con leches and offered to put us up the next time we were in town. The owner and restaurant have become legend in the sailing club.

saisa openUR: What if someone is interested in the Sailing Club? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
SC: If anyone is interested in the Sailing Club we encourage them to like the Club Sailing Facebook and the SailPack Foundation Facebook, and to also come out to our weekly meetings on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in Carmichael Gym room 2037.

We are wishing you all the best in your upcoming practices and races!  Next Spring, we are looking forward to hearing that our Sailing Club has qualified for Regionals, so keep up the hard work.

Forever backin’ the Pack,
Morgan