CWUNewsNews Washington University’s Rodeo Club Presents Todd D. Anderson Memorial Rodeo, 18 Apr 2018 11:49:26<div><strong>Ellensburg, Wash., April 18, 2018</strong>— This weekend the CWU Rodeo Club will be&nbsp; hosting their annual Todd Anderson Memorial College Rodeo at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds. All of the weekend’s events are free of charge, and will feature competitors from 10 different schools including&nbsp; Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. A few of the weekend’s hottest events will be bronc riding, barrel racing, team roping, and bull riding.</div><div><br>Slack will be taking place on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CWU Rodeo’s performances are Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and then again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., which is the Championship Short Go. During the performance on Saturday, Todd Anderson’s friends and family will speak about him and his legacy. There will be a silent auction&nbsp; on Friday night at 6 p.m. until Sunday at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the silent auction go towards the Todd Anderson Memorial Scholarship, which is received by a Rodeo Club member every year.&nbsp;</div><div><br>For more information on the Todd Anderson Memorial Rodeo and the CWU Rodeo Club’s involvement, please visit their website at <a href="http://C:\Users\frakerl\Downloads\\sport-clubs\rodeo" target="_blank"></a> or on Facebook, <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sport-clubs/sites/" style="width: 600px; height: 329px;"><img alt="" src="/sport-clubs/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 600px; margin-left: 100px; margin-right: 100px;"></div></br></br>Two CWU Wrestling Members make it to Nationals, 15 Mar 2018 13:41:56<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Everything is bigger, and better in Texas, and now two of the CWU Wrestling Club members can agree. Both Dylan Amaedo and Jonathan Dickerson made it to the 2018 NCWA National Championships which took place in Allen, Texas March 7th through March 11th.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Dylan Amaedo is a freshman here at Central Washington University, and is from Lakewood, Washington. Dylan began wrestling at just four years old, and then began competing two years later. In high school, Dylan went to state his junior year, as well as placing 5th his senior year at 195 pounds. Throughout high school Dylan was involved with football, and track in addition to wrestling.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Jonathan Dickerson is a junior here at Central Washington University, and is from Kent, Washington. Jonathan began wrestling in 8th grade. He is epileptic, and was not able to play contact sports such as football or rugby. He said “All of my friends played football, and I wanted to fit in, so I begged my mom and my doctor to let me wrestle, and the rest is history!” Jonathan wrestled all four years in high school, and has been wrestling year round since he was 15 years old. Jonathan was recruited by Andrew Vulliet during the state wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Jonathan transferred to CWU as a sophomore and began training with the team. He is now the captain of the Wrestling Club. Even though he hurt his MCL at the National tournament, he is “ready to get healed up, train harder, and be the next All-American for CWU next year!” One person Jonathan would like to thank is his mom for pushing him through his injuries, and for helping him make it as far as he did on, and off the mat.</p><p>Match records for both members are listed below.</p><p>Dylan Amaedo<br>March 8&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Lost by Pin&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4:22&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;2018 NCWA Championships<br>February 11&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Lost by Pin&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1:22&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NCWA WA ST Championships<br>February 11&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Won by Pin&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ---&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NCWA WA ST Championships<br>February 11&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Lost by Pin&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1:36&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NCWA WA ST Championships<br>January 25&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Won by Pin&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;2:57&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CWU vs Grays Harbor College</p><p>Jonathan Dickerson<br>March 8&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Lost by Pin&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 3:52&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;2018 NCWA Championships<br>March 8&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Won by Major Decision&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 20-20&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;2018 NCWA Championships<br>February 11&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Lost by Decision&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;8-5&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;NCWA WA ST Championships<br>February 11&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Won by Decision&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;7-2&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;NCWA WA ST Championships<br>February 11&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Lost by Pin&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 1:50&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;NCWA WA ST Championships<br>January 25&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Won by Pin&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 5:30&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CWU vs Grays Harbor College<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Equestrian Team Wins Regional Championship, 06 Mar 2018 16:49:40<p><img alt="" src="/sport-clubs/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;">The CWU Equestrian Team won the English Regional Championship High Point Sunday at the 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA)</a> competition, sponsored by Oregon State University. With the win, CWU riders move on to compete at the Zone Championships next month at Stanford University.</p><p>While individual CWU riders have qualified to compete at Stanford before, this is the first time the Equestrian Club's English Team has won a division championship. With the title, five riders qualified to advance to the Zone 8 Championship event.</p><p>"As the high-point team from our region, CWU will now compete at Stanford for the chance to represent our zone at the National Competition," said Kylie Vroman, the team's captain.<br>Vroman, claimed individual Regional Champion honors, advancing to Stanford as the top-seeded rider in Class 6.</p><p>Vroman was among seven CWU riders to place among the top six in seven different classes within the overall competition. Others qualifying to ride at Stanford are Andi Rax, Madi Sturgeon, Hillary Hwang, and Kenzi Lane.</p><p>The English riding style differs from Western in that the English saddle is smaller and lighter and designed to give the rider additional contact with a horse's back for forward motion. English riders are judged on their ability to control their horse and at the same time remain in proper "equitation," the ability to ride effectively with correct body position.</p><p>Between September and March each year, the CWU team competes in IHSA-sponsored English- and Western-riding shows across the Pacific Northwest. IHSA promotes competition, individually and as teams at regional, zone, and national levels, providing riders of all skill levels with opportunities to participate in horse shows regardless of financial status or riding proficiency.</p><p>To prepare for the various events, CWU riders attend "ride night" practices at Orrion Farms in Ellensburg, where both competing and non-competitive club members hone their riding skills.<br>"The ability to continuously train at their facility during the school year has allowed our riders to rise to the top of their division," said an obviously pleased Ann Anderson, CWU Equestrian Club advisor. "We are extremely grateful to Orrion Farms."</p><p>CWU will also send Vroman and Sturgeon to the Western riding semifinal competition in New York next Saturday and Sunday (March 17 and 18).</p><p>Established in 2006, the CWU Equestrian Club has become one of the largest, most active sport clubs on campus, with about 50 members. The CWU Sport Club Program provides opportunities for students with mutual interests in particular activities, to pursue them more in-depth.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> The English-riding champion CWU Equestrian Club</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Fall Quarter Recap, 08 Dec 2017 14:05:57<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;With the blink of an eye Fall Quarter has already come to a close. This quarter was filled with events, shows, competitions, and lots of practice for all of the CWU Sport Clubs. We started off the school year with Men’s and Women’s Club Soccer matches every weekend against teams including Washington State University, University of Idaho, University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga, and WSUTC. On October 26th the Men’s team competed at Regionals in Salt Lake, Utah. Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse also had a great season while competing in tournaments in Boise, ID, Missoula, MT, and Bend, OR. They also had their annual game on Halloween in which the Men’s and Women’s team played against each other.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Dance Team had multiple performances throughout the quarter which included football games, volleyball games, the Wellington Fire, Homecoming, and the Rodeo Parade. The Equestrian Team competed at WSU on October 28th for their first IHSA competition. Additionally, the team hosted and competed in the CWU Double Western Show in Ellensburg, Washington November 11th and 12th which helped raised money for their club as well as allow the members to compete against teams from all over Washington and Oregon.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Golf Team had a good season and competed in a tournament in the Tri Cities where they placed 3rd overall. The scores were:<br>• Garrett Granlund 185<br>• Matthew Tebo 180<br>• Austin Edwards 168<br>• Cole Carlson 215<br>• Anders Lind 190<br>• Eric Finch 205<br>• Connor Jones 174<br>• William McCarter 173<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Rodeo Club traveled this season and competed in Ontario, OR for the Treasure Valley Rodeo. The results are listed below.<br>• Jordan Tye: 1st Tie down roping &amp; 2nd Team roping<br>• Trey Recanzone: 5th Tie down roping &amp; 7th Team roping<br>•&nbsp; Michael Anderson: 7th Team roping<br>•&nbsp; Anndie Watterson: 1st Breakaway &amp; 11th Team roping<br>•&nbsp; Beritt Watterson: 11th Team roping &amp; 9th Goat tying<br>•&nbsp; Bailey Nachtigal: 10th Breakaway &amp; 6th Barrels<br>•&nbsp; Madden Ruth Shanks: 11th in Goat tying.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Men’s Ultimate competed in a tournament October 6-8th at OSU and placed 5th overall. On the first day they beat PLU 13-7, beat Universe Point 12-11, and lost to OSU 13-7. On day 2 they lost to Whitman 7-13, beat Lewis and Clark 10-9, and beat University of Portland in a forfeit. The Tennis club competed in two tournaments this fall which included traveling to OSU and the PNW Sectionals Tournament. Team 1 placed 4th in the Silver Bracket at sectionals. Additionally, many new team members were able to experience college tennis and play against new competition.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;This quarter ended with the Water Polo Team competing in and hosting the annual tournament at the Aquatic Center on November 18th and 19th.&nbsp; CWU hosted nine other teams and played a total of four games. Out of the four, CWU beat Western and Seattle University which were both great competition and were huge steps for the team. Overall it was a great fall quarter and each team did exceptionally well. We are looking forward to all of the 2018 upcoming events. Thank you for a great quarter and for being a part of CWU Sport Clubs!</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Double Western Equestrian Show, 08 Dec 2017 11:35:53<p>On November 11th and 12th the Equestrian Team hosted the annual CWU Double Western Equestrian Show at Orrion Farms in Ellensburg, Washington. The team competed against Linn-Benton Community College, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Western Washington University. This was the Equestrian team’s second show of the year and they will compete in four more shows starting in January.</p><p>After a lot of hard work and dedication from all of the team members, the show went spectacular. Show Coordinator Mariah Hebenthal said “Everyone did a fantastic job, we had great horses, and I am proud of all the team members for showing up and doing great.” There were 39 horses total which some had been donated for the show and they all performed very well. On Sunday the team won high point, which means out of all eight teams they had the most points from winning events. Alyssa Miller, the Equestrian Club Coach, said “On Sunday our team received team high point which is absolutely amazing because for a team to be competitive in the running for team reserve and high point you need a rider in each class division. Our team does not have a rider in two of the six class divisions, so for us to win high point is amazing!” The last time the CWU Equestrian team won high point was during the 2014-2015 school year when there were riders in all six of the class divisions. Additionally, the Equestrian team raised an exceptional amount of money that goes back in to the club for expenses such as hay, boarding, hotels, fuel, show fees, coaches fees, and rewards.</p><p>The President and Show Coordinator would like to make a shout out to all the team members for doing an unbelievable job staying poised, appropriate, polite, and professional throughout the entire show. The show went spectacular and there was a great turn out from family, friends, volunteers, and competitors. The Equestrian Club President, Darby Throndsen, said “I am proud of every one who competed. I love being at the show and seeing friends from all the teams we compete against. I love the comradery and sportsmanship from everyone and how all of the girls are there to help each other.” After the show, instead of having a normal practice the team had a game night with their horses to celebrate all of their accomplishments and hard work from the show. The team would like to thank the Sport Clubs employees Alex, Saydi, and Scott as well as all of the volunteers, parents, donors, sponsors, and Hot Diggidy Dog for providing the food.<br>The results from both days are listed below.</p><p><u><strong>Day 1 Results:</strong></u><br><strong>Alayna Coldiron</strong>- 2nd place in class<br><strong>Andie Rax</strong>- 4th place in class<br><strong>Avery Coffin</strong>- 3rd place in class<br><strong>Darby Throndsen</strong>-1st place in class<br><strong>Gabrielle Longmire</strong>-1st place in class<br><strong>Kate Dustrude</strong>-2nd place in class<br><strong>Kylie Vroman</strong>-5th place in class<br><strong>Madison Sturgeon</strong>-3rd place in class<br><strong>Mariah Hebenthal</strong>-2nd place in class<br><strong>Shawna Hettick</strong>-6th place in class</p><p><u><strong>Day 2 Results:</strong></u><br><strong>Alayna Coldiron</strong>- 6th place in class<br><strong>Andie Rax</strong>- 1st place in class<br><strong>Avery Coffin</strong>-2nd place in class<br><strong>Darby Throndsen</strong>-3rd place in class<br><strong>Gabrielle Longmire</strong>-1st place in class<br><strong>Kate Dustrude</strong>-1st place in class<br><strong>Madison Sturgeon</strong>-1st place in class<br><strong>Mariah Hebenthal</strong>-5th place in class<br><strong>Shawna Hettick</strong>-2nd place in class<br><strong>Sierra Tribby</strong>-6th place in class<br><strong>Hellen Clumpner</strong>-5th place in class</p><p><img alt="" src="/sport-clubs/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px 50px;"></p> <pre><span style="text-align: center;"> Photo Credit: Doug Hebenthal</span></pre> </br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></span style="text-align: center;">CWU Rodeo Club Hosting College Rodeo, 13 Apr 2017 09:42:07<p>Come Support your Wildcats at the CWU College Rodeo on April 21-23. This is a unique opportunity to see a major rodeo up close and personal. Join us Saturday night at 6:00 PM for a tribute to former sport club athlete and Rodeo Club President Todd Anderson. More details are available at&nbsp;;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sport-clubs/sites/" style="width: 377px; height: 600px;"></p>Swim Club Looks to Make Waves, 13 Apr 2017 08:11:37<p>CWU Swim Club is hosting two home meets this year, as opposed to only one home meet last year. Swim advisor Sarah Olden believes a great deal of the increase in home meets has to do with the recognition herself and husband, Jaegger Olden, received last season.</p><p>To see the full article featured in the CWU Oberserver visit:</p><p></p><p><img alt="" src="/sport-clubs/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 532px;"></p>Alder Complex Sees Improvement, 13 Apr 2017 08:06:14<p>With the addition of fences to the Alder Street Recreation Complex, the first improvement in a long line of renovations started this fall has been completed.&nbsp;</p><p>To see the full article written by the CWU Observer visit</p><p><img alt="" src="/sport-clubs/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 567px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>To see the full article written by the CWU Observer visit&nbsp;;</p>CWU Equestrian Alumni Wins First Place and Advances to Nationals in Kentucky, 12 Apr 2017 08:09:38<p>Congratulations to Tessa Churchill who took first place at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Semi Finals in New York. Tessa previously served as the team coach and officer for the CWU Equestrian Club. She traveled with Lacey Goldsby, Alyssa Miller and Gabrielle Longmire who also qualified to compete in this event. Unfortunately Tessa is the only member who qualified to continue to nationals, but to qualify to compete in this event is a great accomplishment. Congratulations to the CWU Equestrian Club on another great season and we look forward to another great year!</p><p><img alt="" src="/sport-clubs/sites/" style="width: 446px; height: 600px;"></p>CWU Student Earns Place Among Top Collegiate Equestrians, 09 Jun 2016 12:30:22<p><img alt="" src="/sport-clubs/sites/" style="width: 350px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 233px;">Central Washington University senior Tessa Churchill, a member of the CWU Equestrian Team, is among the nation’s best collegiate riders. She earned the honor for her Top-10 finish at the <a href="" target="_blank">Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA)</a> National Finals held in Lexington, Kentucky.</p><p>The IHSA Nationals brought together the best riders from colleges and universities across the nation to compete in 20 events. Churchill claimed 10th place in the Individual Novice Western Horsemanship competition, which initially involved more than 5,000 riders nationwide.</p><p>“It was a huge honor just to have just made it to nationals,” said Churchill, an English education major and native of Olympia.</p><p>Unlike most equestrian shows, IHSA competition requires that riders use horses that are not their own. The riders are judged on how well they handle the horse through a series of patterns and rail work. Western horsemanship is specifically judged on criteria that includes the precision of the rider’s seat, hands and feet, subtlety in riding, and strength of the lines and angles as the competitor rides a series of maneuvers designed by the judge.</p><p>“It’s challenging because every horse behaves in its own way,” said Churchill. “They’re all trained differently so you have to be really flexible with your commands. A lot of the times if something goes wrong, it’s because you’re not asking in the way that the horse was trained.”</p><p>Churchill also serves as student coach of the CWU Equestrian Team, which boards and trains out of Orrion Farms in Ellensburg. Team advisor <a href="" target="_blank">Ann Anderson, CWU’s community and government relations director</a>, credits its success to hard work and the generous support from Orrion Farms.“</p><p>Tessa worked extremely hard this year to qualify for nationals,” noted Anderson, herself the 2009 Western Horsemanship world champion at the Appaloosa World Championship Show in Fort Worth Texas. “Part of Tessa's success was having the ability to ride all year long at the indoor arena at Orrion Farms.”</p><p>The Equestrian Club was established in 2006 by a group of CWU students who wanted to be able to bring the world of competitive riding to the university. “To be able to come to college and meet other people with the same interest and love of horses has been the best experience,” Churchill said. “It’s been an amazing experience because horses have been my stress relief during school.”</p><p>With approximately 35 members, the CWU Equestrian Club is the largest club of the 20 members of Collegiate Sport Clubs program, which is designed to allow university students to participate in regional and intercollegiate competitive activities.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">IHSA gives collegiate riders, of all skill levels, opportunities to compete individually and as members of equestrian teams. The national organization was founded in 1967 on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her riding ability or financial status.</span></p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 9, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;">