The Oberlin Review

In the Locker Room with Daniel Johnson and Caroline Martin

In the Locker Room with Daniel Johnson and Caroline Martin

November 9, 2012

A lot of people think of cross country as an individual sport. How much of your performance is contingent on personal motivation versus being part of the team? Caroline Martin: I think it’s a mixture of both. For me it’s really clear because in high school, I was the only girl on the team. I didn’t have a team; I competed by myself. I got a long way with personal motivation, but when I came here everything changed for me. Having a team that you live with, eat meals with, socialize with, ...

In the Locker Room with Xenna Goh and Sybil Levine

Madeleine O'Meara, Sports Editor

November 2, 2012

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, In the Locker Room, SPORTS

When and why did you start playing rugby? Sybil Levine: I started playing rugby my fall semester junior year. I was looking for a new group of people to work out with and hang out with. I was looking for a team — how do I explain it — you know, like, when we line up and charge at the other team, that’s a really great feeling that I have never received from other activities I’ve done. And I always say I want to be as tough as I feel. [Playing rugby] encourages me to be as tough as I feel. Xenna Goh: I agree. Sybil and I started at the same time, our fall semester junior year. I had just come back from a summer in China, and I was also looking for a team. I was friends with [senior president] Alex Kelly who s...

In the Locker Room with Andrew Wise and Aki Gormezano

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

October 12, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

Why did you decide to play soccer at Oberlin? Andrew Wise: I knew I wanted to play soccer, and I got an e-mail from the assistant coach. It was the first time I had ever heard of Oberlin. I visited and liked it better than University of Chicago, so I ended up here. Aki Gormezano: The coaches came and saw me play at a tournament after my club coaches talked to Blake. Actually, [Head Coach] Blake [New] gives me a hard time about this, but I couldn’t decide between Oberlin and Vassar. I initially picked Oberlin, then flipped after the deadline to Vassar, then flipped back to Oberlin real last minute. How do you think your team is different than other athletic teams? AG: That’s tough… We get really weird. ...

In the Locker Room with Clay Eaton and Dan Weintraub

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

September 28, 2012

Filed under Football, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

Football requires more commitment than most varsity sports. What is your least favorite off-season training? Dan Weintraub: To start out, the out-of-season 7 a.m. running on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s just a quick hour-long running workout, but it is pretty rough. Clay Eaton: It’s just the fact that we train so much for only 10 games; it’s pretty ridiculous, but yeah, I hate those morning runs too. DW: This year we did it with the soccer team though, so that made it more fun, and they pushed us. Which team was in better shape? DW: Well, the soccer team was probably in better shape actually. CE: Yeah, they have the lungs. Do you have a favorite part of training? CE: The pool workouts. DW: Yeah, it used to be awesome...

In the Locker Room: Chinwe Okona and Laura Jessee

Madeleine O'Meara, Sports Editor

September 28, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Fall, Volleyball

How long have you been playing volleyball? Laura Jessee: I’ve been playing volleyball since sixth grade, and I’ve played club since eighth grade. Chinwe Okona: I’ve also been playing since sixth grade. I never played club, and I also took a break for two years to do marching band. [Laughs.] In ninth and tenth grade of high school I did marching band. And then I decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do. How is the team dynamic different from previous years? LJ: It’s definitely different. CO: It’s so different. I think we’re still really structured, but I think there’s an element of fun that’s been introduced that we didn’t have when we were freshmen. I also think that we’re all a lot closer...

In the Locker Room with Jackson Meredith and John Crittenden

Madeleine O'Meara, Sports Editor

September 12, 2012

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, In the Locker Room, SPORTS

Why did you decide to play rugby at Oberlin? Jackson Meredith: Well, I played rugby in high school for four years. We had a really good team. I didn’t think I was going to play at Oberlin because it was a college sport and I didn’t know if I would have time, but my hallmate, Avery Harrison [OC ’10], came to my door on the first day [of practice] and was like, “Hey man, let’s do it.” And I’ve been playing since then. John Crittenden: I actually also played in high school for three years and was planning on playing. I was approached by Joe Sheeran [OC ’12], on the Facebook page and he was recruiting people. Then I met up with him and some other rugby players the first night of orientation, so I ...

In the Locker Room with Katie Baldonieri, Kristine Kuchta, and Kristen Dix

James Kriz, Staff Writer

May 4, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, Softball, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

What was the best moment during your senior seasons? Kristen Dix: Beating Wittenberg [University]. We knocked them out of contention for the [NCAC] tourney on their Senior Day. Kristine Kuchta: Yeah, they pretty much all cried. It was awesome. What changes have you experienced in the program since your first year? Katie Baldonieri: The makeup of the team has changed for sure. We are the first class to have been actively recruited. Since our arrival, the program has become much more serious. KD: Definitely true. What do you see for the future of this team? KK: More good things in the years to come. KD: It’s only going to get better. KB: If we get good freshman classes consistently, we real...

In the Locker Room: Alice Zicht and Lori Sako

Kirby Livingston

April 6, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, Lacrosse, SPORTS

How long has it been since the team was this successful? Lori Sako: This has been our best start to a season since 1995 or 1996. Alice Zicht: We’re making herstory. How have you dealt with the numerous coaching and personnel changes over the past few seasons? AZ: The experience has really brought us together. We’re so much more of a family now. There is no divide between upperclassmen and underclassmen since [Head] Coach McDevitt and [Assistant] Coach Flego are new to all of us. We have learned that we play for each other and not our coaches. LS: [The changes have] made us a lot more mentally tough. You’ve already won twice as many games as you won last year, and you’re guaranteed to go at least .5...

In the Locker Room: Virginia Covalt, Equipment Room Manager

Madeline O'Meara, Staff Writer

March 16, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS

How long have you been working for the equipment room? [It will be] 32 years this August. What originally brought you to Oberlin? Well, I used to work downtown in a restaurant. There was an old gentleman that used to come in and eat all the time. I guess he sorta worked in here all by himself; he just had student workers. He said, “Well, do you know anybody who would like to have a job?” And I said, “Well yeah, me.” I started and I’ve been here ever since. It sort of fell into place. Are you from Ohio originally? I’m from West Virginia. I couldn’t find work or anything down there after I got out of high school so I just came up here. I have one brother up here, everyone else [in my family] ...

In the Locker Room: Alex Guo

Samantha Dudzinski, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Track and Field, Varsity Spring

What’s the best part about being on the track and field team? I would say the conference meet, because you get there and you’ve trained with these people the whole season. The amazing things you accomplish, you know that it’s through all the hard work you put in with your teammates every day. It’s a good feeling to say, “We did this together.” When you look at all of our points, you can’t just say it’s from one person — it’s from the entire team. Do you have any goals for the upcoming outdoor track season? I’ve got a few. The guys did not finish as well as we had hoped during the indoor conference meet, so a big goal is to improve on what we did in this indoor season and have a reall...

In the Locker Room: Ariel Lewis

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

March 2, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Spring

Lewis, the senior matriarch of Yeowomen tennis, has started her final season emphatically by winning four of her first five contests. She sits down with the Review to share a little of her strategic wisdom, as well as her affinity for sweet chili sauce.   What made you decide to play tennis at Oberlin? I’ve been playing tennis since I was about 4 years old, and I played in high school. I knew that it was something I wanted to continue doing in college. I was being recruited by a bunch of different schools. I got a call from Constantine [Ananiadis, women’s tennis head coach] and he said “You should check out Oberlin, I think you would really like it.” And I was just like, “Yeah, whatever....

In the Locker Room with Sam Towne and Joe Leffler

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

February 24, 2012

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Spring

How did you decide to play tennis at Oberlin? ST: For me, my high school didn’t have a tennis team, so I had never really played competitively, but I took lessons and always enjoyed playing and enjoyed watching it… and I thought, “So I’m at a D-III school, and maybe I have a chance of making the team” — and I thought it would be a good way to fill up my time. JL: [The time I decided to play] was kind of during orientation. I decided on a whim to meet with the tennis coach. I played in high school, and I met up with the other freshman recruits and hit a bunch and realized it was going to be fun to play. And it was not so good of a team that I would actually get a chance to play. ST: [I also wan...

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