Stories from Melanie Koto
For the first time in IIT history, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the surrounding community will come together to participate in a Relay for Life event. The event, which will happen on Friday, April 20 on the Quad from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., is one of the most successful fundraising events in the world, coordinated through the American Cancer Society. Team members take turns in the Relay, where at least one team member must walk, jog or run around the track throughout the duration of the event.
While the rest of us crammed for midterms and patiently awaited the start of spring break, the Scarlet Hawks Baseball team was traveling around Arizona playing seven games in five days to start off their spring season (and also getting a tan). The trip didn’t fare well for the Hawks on multiple accounts, who returned home with a 1-8 overall record. Once everyone else left for their vacations, the team stuck around to play Judson College, Holy Cross College and Olivet Nazarene University over the break.
The Scarlet Hawks baseball team opened their 2012 season Friday against the Cougars of Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky. The original four game series was shortened to two games due to the cold weather conditions. In the first game of Friday's double header, the Hawks lost by a narrow one run margin (13-14), while the second game didn't fare quite as well (1-8). The Hawks started the first game off strong, leading through the first four innings 13-9. The Cougars rallied up in the fifth to score three runs, bringing the score to 13-12.
In their last regular season meet of the year, the Scarlet Hawks swimming and diving team faced off against Lincoln College with a tri-meet on the women's side against Robert Morris University as well. Diving started the meet off with junior Ian McNair taking 1st on both the 1 meter and the 3 meter board for the men's team (284.30 and 292.15 respectively), while senior Jeff Reilly took 3rd on both boards as well with scores just shy of National Qualifying status (226.20, 215.50). Freshman Dane Christianson finished 4th on the 1 meter board with a score of 136.75.
This weekend, the Scarlet Hawks Swimming and Diving teams competed in their last two regular season meets before Conference and Nationals, both at home. Friday night, the team competed against Lincoln College. In the Women’s 200 yard freestyle, freshman Abby Maze took first place with a 2:08.29, and in the men’s sophomore Eric Grunden took third with a 1:51.41. In the 50 yard freestyle, junior Melanie Koto took second with a 26.35 for the women’s team, and freshman Yoni Pruzansky took second for the Men’s team with a 23.04.
On Saturday, the Illinois Tech Men’s Swimming and Diving team travelled to Greenbay Wisconsin to swim against the University of Wisconsin, Greenbay. The meet started off with the 200 yard medley relay, in which the team of freshman Michael Bodzay, sophomore Michael Keane, junior Keiji Halloway and sophomore Eric Grunden took second place with a time of 1:40.43, and the team of sophomore Matthew Rosenfeld, seniors Joe Muchna and Mark Callan and junior Arya Mohaimani took third with a time of 1:43.61.
This past weekend the Scarlet Hawks Swimming and Diving team participated in the three day Phoenix Invite. The structure of the meet consisted of five sessions, one Friday evening, and two each on Saturday and Sunday, in which all swimmers swam in the morning but had to qualify for a final swim in the evening to score points. Overall, the Hawks finished with impressive swims all around.
Last Saturday, the cross country team competed in the CCAC conference championship meet in Elgin, hosted by Judson University. Both teams finished 5th, the Men’s out of 10 and the Women’s out of 9 teams overall.
On Saturday afternoon, the Scarlet Hawks hosted Lindenwood University in a dual meet. Both teams fell to Lindenwood, the Men’s 90.5 to 133.5, and the Women’s team 36 to 142, but both teams posted some impressive swims.
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