Tartan sports more recognized

When the average individual thinks about college sports, often Division I powerhouse teams such as University of North Carolina or the University of Pittsburgh come to mind. Division III sports receive no respect because many people believe that Division III is merely for athletes who couldn’t make a Division I team. However, any top D3 athlete knows that they can compete with some of the top teams in D1, and many of the students at Carnegie Mellon are realizing this as well.

Just last Friday, the Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team competed in their first ever NCAA Sweet 16. And possibly for the first time, the stands at Gesling Stadium were filled to capacity. Some people may say it was the free pizza and T-shirts, but after attending the game, that was definitely not the case. Posters and T-shirts littered the stands. Avid fans dressed up in red to show their support for the Tartans. The crowd was definitely an impact on the game, due to the various cheers that almost propelled the Tartans to an amazing comeback.

Overall, the Tartans’ sports have been making a greater impact on the typical student’s life than many people realize. The past few weeks, the hype of this particular soccer game was off the charts. One of the Facebook events for the game reported that over 400 people were coming to the game, and that number was definitely reached.

Also, the men’s tennis team recently came off a huge victory over number 2 ranked Amherst College. This win was the most memorable victory in men’s tennis and vaulted this improving program into the top 10 for the first time in history. Their women’s counterpart has solidified their top five ranking after coming off another strong fall season. The women’s tennis team has consistently been ranked in the top 10 for the past three years. With good coaching and hard-working players being recruited for all sports, Carnegie Mellon sports will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

As the Tartan athletes become a force to be reckoned with, so is the fan support. With a few victories and continued effort from fans to show up to sports games, Carnegie Mellon can diversify its talents to become recognized not only as having strong academics and groundbreaking research, but also as a formidable opponent on the field. Fans are becoming more attached to the teams, and this support will create a more unified student body. To quote one of the chants from Friday’s soccer game, many will proudly say they are “A Tartan till I die, I will always be a Tartan till I die.”