CMU offers variety of club athletics
At Carnegie Mellon, club sports are the perfect way for those interested in athletics to play competitively. If you feel like you don’t have the time or ability to compete at the varsity level, then club sports could be for you.
The sport that originated in England in the early 16th century and has grown popular in India is also a staple club sport at Carnegie Mellon. The club cricket team, which represents the university in inter-collegiate competitions, can be regularly seen practicing on the Cut. Members also organize pick-up games on the Cut, hold workshops, and telecast international cricket matches.
The club lacrosse team plays in the Division II East section as defined by the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association, competing against other universities in the region, such as Grove City College, Dayton University, Walsh University, and John Carroll University.
Led by coach Andrew Dickson and assistant coach Robert Heaps, the Tartans are looking to improve during the remainder of the 2012 season. Senior computational physics major and midfielder Jimmy Komianos is a new addition, having just finished his first season with the club.
“The guys play hard and the coaches push us to compete at a high level,” Komianos said.
The club rowing team practices on the Allegheny River and is divided into two teams: first-year/novice rowers and experienced rowers. The experienced rowers practice in the morning, and the novice rowers practice in the afternoon. The club competes in regattas across the East Coast, both in the fall and spring.
Club Water Polo
The club water polo team was coed until 2010, when it split into men’s and women’s teams.
The men’s team competes in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) as a part of the western region of the Mid-Atlantic Division III Club Division, a level typical for most high school water polo players.
The women’s team also competes in the CWPA. They are looking for players and do not require prior experience of those who want to try out for the team.
The club hockey team is coming off one of its most successful seasons in history. The team won its first playoff game and made a dominating run to the championship game before losing 8-5 to the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans.
The Tartans saw four players graduate at the end of last semester; recruiting is a priority for the team in order to continue building upon its recent success.
“The senior class has continuously ensured we have a solid offense and defense,” said defender and winger Bryn Loeffler — a junior majoring in global studies and Hispanic studies — at the end of last season. “It is going to be tough trying to piece together lines when such talented players leave.”