Days before Matthew Oglesby was scheduled to take off for California to compete in the slalom at Collegiate Nationals for The University of Alabama water ski club, he learned he would also have to compete in the tricks event after a teammate was suddenly unable to make the competition. “I hadn’t ridden my trick ski in about a year, and so I had to go out late, late the night before we were going to leave to ride my trick ski,” freshman Oglesby said.
In the past, Quidditch on the Quad has brought the student population together and allowed Harry Potter fans and muggles a chance to live in their favorite fantasy world through the sport of Quidditch. Quidditch on the Quad at The University of Alabama has been growing in popularity and this year is sure to not disappoint fans and athletes.
The Alabama Triathlete Club, a club sport at the University, welcomes athletes of all levels of expertise to push themselves physically and create new relationships within the club itself. Vice President Taylor Wood, a junior majoring in economics, and President Ingram Crosson, a senior majoring in Spanish, both said the triathlete club is a place of helping, learning and training. ?We accept anyone from complete beginners to people who have competed in triathlons and won races.
The women’s wheelchair basketball team is preparing for the start of its season, and it’s hoping that it plays out differently than last season after losing in the championship game to Wisconsin-Whitewater for the second year in a row. “We won three straight before I got here,” Caitlin McDermott, a junior from North Carolina, said.
The cycling team at The University of Alabama may be considered a club sport by University standards for now, but its members believe it could soon become NCAA- recognized. Club president Alex Heldman, a sophomore majoring in physics and math, said while the club was created more than four years ago, it only started to gain momentum in the past two years. ?Through Get on Board Day and emails I have received, we have had 78 people who have expressed interest in joining this year,? Heldman said.