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The Student News Site of Ithaca College


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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.
Senior swimmer Emily VanderSleen has been a key part in helping the Ithaca College womens swimming and diving team to a 7–0 start this season.

Q&A: Senior swimmer helps propel team’s strong first half

By Daniel King, Assistant Sports Editor November 30, 2022
As Ithaca College winter teams start to wind down the first half of their seasons the women’s swimming and diving team is looking to end their first half with an undefeated record.
From left, Paula Miller and Susan Bassett were named to the College Swimming and Diving Association of Americas top 100 coaches in the past 100 years

Two IC members named to all-time swim & dive coaches list

By Aidan Charde, Assistant Sports Editor February 1, 2022
Susan Bassett and Paula Miller were included in the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America’s (CSCAA) list of the 100 Greatest College Swimming & Diving Coaches of the past 100 years.
From left, senior Michael Sheehan, freshman Ryan Pillion and Kevin Markwardt, head coach of the mens and womens swimming and diving teams stand on the deck at Kelsey Partridge Bird Natatorium.

Swimming and diving coach transitions into new role

By Tommy Mumau, Assistant Sports Editor November 11, 2021
The Ithaca College swimming and diving program is currently in the midst of its first full season with Kevin Markwardt as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Graduate student Ava Lowell and junior Emily VanderSleen are set to lead the Bombers in diving and swimming, respectively.

Women’s swimming and diving team aims for three-peat

By Tommy Mumau, Assistant Sports Editor November 10, 2021
The Ithaca College women’s swimming and diving team has begun its first full season in nearly two years with a determined, new-looking roster.
From left, Mike Blakely-Armitage, assistant swimming and diving coach, and Kevin Markwardt, head swimming and diving coach, oversee practice Feb. 19.

Swimming and diving coaches lead two teams for the first time

By Arla Davis, Sports editor March 4, 2021
When Paula Miller retired from coaching after 36 years in June 2020, Kevin Markwardt was promoted to head coach of both teams.
Freshman swimmer Jane Pfeufer has hip impingement and knee tendonitis that cause her regular pain. Despite the injuries, she is one of the fastest  swimmers on the team.

Freshman swimmer splashes through chronic injuries

By Connor Glunt, Staff Writer December 12, 2019
Freshman swimmer Jane Pfeufer is the fastest sprint freestyler on the swimming and diving team despite her chronic injuries.
Freshman swimmers Anna and Olivia Rubino are identical twins and compete in the same events for the Ithaca College womens swimming and diving team.

Women’s swim team sees double with identical backstrokers

By Arla Davis, Staff Writer November 7, 2019
Identical twins Anna and Olivia Rubino are both competing in freestyle and backstroke events this year for the women's swimming and diving team.
Graduate students Rachel Ford and Kathleen Oswald work with the womens track and field team to provide mental training techniques about goal setting, stress management, and competition preparation among other things.

Graduate students teach mental training skills to athletes

By Willy Wright, Staff Writer November 7, 2019
Graduate students concentrating in sports psychology work with varsity teams at Ithaca College to provide mental training techniques.
Junior golfer Alex Perry and junior swimmer Cody Conte are openly transgender athletes competing for varsity teams at Ithaca College. They met approximately a year ago and are now close friends.

Playing with Pride: Transgender student-athletes reconcile sport and identity

By Emily Adams, Sports Editor October 23, 2019
Junior golfer Alex Perry and junior swimmer Cody Conte identify as transgender and use masculine names and pronouns while competing for women's varsity teams.
Junior Alex Estanislau competes in the womens 200-yard backstroke during the Liberty League Championships in Kelsey Partridge Bird Natatorium on Feb. 23. The womens team won their first league title with 1254.5 points.

Women’s swimming and diving win first league title, men take second

By Shehanee Fernando, Staff Writer February 26, 2019
The women's swimming and diving team won their first-ever Liberty League Championship, while the men took second to RPI for the second year in a row.
Junior swimmer Kaitlyn Scott competes in breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly and individual medley for the Bombers and will compete in the Liberty League Championships Feb. 20–23 in Kelsey Partridge Bird Natatorium.

Swimmer discusses Liberty League Championship preparations

By Jack Murray, Sports Editor February 18, 2019
Junior swimmer Kaitlyn Scott sat down with Jack Murray to discuss the upcoming Liberty League Championships and her growth throughout her career.
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