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Former All-American safety Derek Slywka 23 goes low to wrap up Springfield College senior running back Blane Hart on Nov. 18, 2023.  Slywka has two NFL rookie mini camp opportunities coming up with the Chiefs and the 49ers.

Former Bomber safety steps closer to National Football League

By Flynn Hynes, Assistant Sports Editor May 2, 2024
During the 1967 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons chose Sandor Szabo ’67 with the 317th pick. That was 57 years ago and no athlete from Ithaca College has made it close to the NFL since then. Until now.
Following the resignation of longtime head strength and conditioning coach, Vic Brown, Ben Fleet 22 has assumed the role of interim head strength and conditioning coach. Fleet has primarily relied on support from a team of graduate assistants.

Inside the transition of Ithaca College’s strength and conditioning staff

By Jess Moskowitz, Staff Writer April 18, 2024
In February, Ithaca College announced that longtime head coach of strength and conditioning, Vic Brown, announced his resignation from the department. To fill the void, a young group of strength and conditioning coaches and graduate assistants have fought to maintain stability through continuing change.
The Polar Plunge, an annual event that fundraises for Special Olympic New York, was hosted on March 23 by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Volunteers that raised over $25 line up to take the plunge in freezing conditions.

Ithaca College athletes dive into Special Olympics support

By Jess Moskowitz, Staff Writer March 27, 2024
The Ithaca College Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) organized a team for the annual Polar Plunge on March 23, an event aimed at raising money and awareness for athletes competing in the Special Olympics. 
Sophomore 133 pound Isaias Torres qualified for All-American status at the NCCA Division III Wrestling Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on March 15. The Bombers sent five wrestlers to the competition.

Wrestling caps off season with endings and new beginnings at nationals

By Jacob Infald, Staff Writer March 21, 2024
The Ithaca College wrestling team sent five competitors to the NCAA Division lll wrestling championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on March 15. The tournament capped off what was another successful season for the Bombers as they continued their tradition of excellence in the Division lll wrestling scene.
First-year freestyle/backstroke Marshall Adams is apart of both the men’s swimming team and the men’s rowing team. Adams is the only student-athlete currently at Ithaca College that pursues a dual-sport combination that is not football and track and field.

First-year athlete rides tide into unique dual sport combination

By Billy Wood, Sports Editor March 7, 2024
Swimming and rowing could be seen as incompatible sports from the surface level. But when looked at closely, the connection may be deeper than just the water level. 
Shira Evans 06 joined the Ithaca College athletic department as a sports nutrition consultant. Evans specializes in relative energy deficiency, disordered eating, eating disorder care and is the only sports nutrition consultant in the Liberty League.

Ithaca College puts emphasis on diet with new sports nutrition consultant

By Tess Ferguson, Senior Writer February 22, 2024
Although training and competition experience appear to be the most important role in becoming an elite athlete, it is the elements below the surface that truly allow athletes to excel. 
The Ithaca College mens lacrosse team has decided to support the HEADstrong Foundation this season by shaving their heads to raise money for families dealing with cancer. Thus far, 40 of 48 players have shaved their head to raise $40,000.

Bombers come together to support lacrosse community cause

By Alliey Magistro, Staff Writer February 14, 2024
The Ithaca College men’s lacrosse team has not only been working on their stick skills and conditioning this season, but they have come together to raise money for a cause close to the lacrosse community. 
The Ithaca College wrestling team has quietly strung together a streak of eight straight victories over the rival SUNY Cortland Red Dragons dating back to 2016. The Bombers and Red Dragons last meeting on Jan. 13 ended in a 43–2 Bombers victory.

Streak of dominance highlights wrestling’s rivalry with Cortland

By Jacob Infald, Staff Writer January 30, 2024
Every Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland student and alum knows about the historic Cortaca Jug football game that takes place every fall. However, the intense spectacle of the rivalry extends into other sports, including wrestling.
Jacob Villanueva 22 will join the Los Gallos Negros of the LFA in late January to start training for the teams 2024 campaign. Villanueva will play offensive line for the team.

Former Bombers’ guard makes the jump to professional football in Mexico

By Augustine Daudu, Contributing Writer January 24, 2024
Making a career in professional football is something only 1.6% of all collegiate football players will achieve. It can be even more difficult for athletes who did not go to Division I schools, which normally offer better training resources, more exposure to scouts and recruiters and a higher level of competition.
On Oct. 15 the Ithaca College athletic department issued a new dress code that impacts practice attire for varsity athletes in the Athletic and Events and Hill Centers.

Athletics department issues dress code for student-athletes

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor December 6, 2023
On Oct. 15, the Ithaca College athletic department released a statement that redefined the way varsity athletes are allowed to present themselves. 
As a long distance runner, senior Patrick Bierach races in all three competition seasons including cross country and indoor and outdoor track. Runners often have less than a week of rest between seasons.

Distance runners battle with three-season strain

By Flynn Hynes, Staff Writer November 15, 2023
Unlike most athletes, long-distance runners often participate in three separate competition seasons throughout the academic year: cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter and outdoor track in the spring. This rigorous schedule — usually with no more than a week off between racing periods — comes with a great responsibility to manage not only time and academics, but also stress and injury prevention.
From left, sophomore defender Lauren Russell, senior goalkeeper Lexi Held, senior attacker Chloe Nordyke and head coach Karrie Moore pack donated non-perishables into the bed of a truck.

Trick or treating for the community: Women’s lacrosse gives back

By Billy Wood, Assistant Sports Editor November 2, 2023
The Ithaca College women’s lacrosse team set out into the night this Halloween, collecting canned food for a local community center and bringing their caring attitudes along the way. 
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