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The faculty athletic mentor program was introduced in 2015 with an initial seven faculty athletic mentors. Now with 21 active mentors, the program looks to make sure every athlete knows academic resources are there for them.

Faculty athletic mentor program shines light on relationship between athletics and academics

By Flynn Hynes and Billy Wood April 3, 2024
The faculty athletic representative program has been active at Ithaca College for nine years and has quickly developed into a mainstay in the school’s relationship between athletics and academics.  
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. 
Mike Blakely-Armitage 00, the head mens and womens swimming and diving coach, has put a stronger emphasis on team culture outside of the pool this season. Blakely-Armitage replaced long-time head coach Kevin Markwardt after 36 seasons.

Ithaca College swimming and diving highlights team culture with new coaching staff

By Jacob Infald, Staff Writer February 21, 2024
The Ithaca College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have recently moved on from two longtime coaches. This season, with new voices in leadership, the Bombers have continued to have success in the pool while also placing an emphasis on success outside the pool.
Junior diver Kailee Payne transferred from Division l Marshall University to Ithaca College for her junior season. Payne held the 1-meter dive record at Marshall University and was named Conference USA Freshman Diver of the Year.

Record breaking diver reconnects with sport through community

By Flynn Hynes, Assistant Sports Editor February 7, 2024
This season junior diver Kailee Payne has been dominating on the diving board, breaking the pool record at the Henry Kumpf Invitational on Jan. 20 with a score of 306.55 points in the 1-meter dive. 
From left, former Harvard offensive lineman Alec Bank stands in the tunnel with his Ivy League teammates prior to the Dream Japan Bowl on Jan. 21. The Ivy League All-Stars rostered four former Cornell University players in the 52 man roster.

Ivy League football players culminate conference careers in Dream Japan Bowl

By Billy Wood, Sports Editor February 7, 2024
A cultural experience and a culmination of collegiate football careers occurred in Tokyo, Japan, on Jan. 21, 6,752 miles away from Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca. This was not an average Ivy League football game — this was the Dream Japan Bowl.
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.
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.
Graduate student guard June Dickson joined the Ithaca College womens basketball team after playing at the California Polytechnic Institute for the past three seasons.

West coast standout touts Division l experience for the Bombers

By John Baker, Staff Writer November 15, 2023
A promising D-I athlete ending up at Ithaca College is not something one would expect, but in the case of graduate student Junie Dickson, that is exactly what happened. After playing three seasons for Cal Poly, a Division I school out in San Luis Obispo, California, Dickson will be suiting up for the Bombers. 
From left, junior outside hitter Samantha Klemm and junior defensive setter Peyton Miller look on while sophomore middle blocker Ella Graper and first-year outside hitter Naomi Clauhs block at the net.

Volleyball thwarts Eastern University in four sets

By Farrell Hudson, Staff Writer September 30, 2023
The Ithaca College volleyball team extended their winning streak to six games, emerging victorious over a reputable Eastern University Eagles squad in four sets (21–25), (25–22), (25– 17) and (25–15), improving their record to 11–3 prior to their first conference matchup. 
Volleyball digs for second conference crown

Volleyball digs for second conference crown

By Emma Kersting, Podcast Editor September 1, 2023
Following last year’s success, the Ithaca College volleyball team has big plans for the fall 2023 season. 
Sculling braves competitive waters following a decorated spring

Sculling braves competitive waters following a decorated spring

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor August 31, 2023
After closing out the sculling season with strong performances at the Head of the Fish Regatta in October 2022, the Ithaca College women’s rowing team went on to nail down its fifth consecutive Liberty League title May 2023. This fall, the team is looking to build the same momentum that will propel it to success once again.
Mens soccer shoots for improved 2023 season

Men’s soccer shoots for improved 2023 season

By Flynn Hynes, Staff Writer August 31, 2023
Coming off a 3–9–5 season that placed them eighth in the Liberty League, the Ithaca College men's soccer team is looking for a turnaround this upcoming year.
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