What do you get if you cross Wesleyan student-athletes with 4 racket sports activities? The reply: the primary American workforce to signify the U.S. in racketlon!
In racketlon, a participant challenges his/her opponent in every of the 4 largest racket sports activities: desk tennis, badminton, squash and tennis. The game is a cousin of the triathlon and decathlon. Every workforce performs their opponents in all 4 sports activities.
Shona Kerr, head squash coach teaches racketlon at Wesleyan and coaches the Wesleyan workforce. Final summer time, Wesleyan workforce represented America within the Racketlon World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. They positioned eleventh general.
Workforce members included Ethan Moritz ’14; Maxwell Bevilacqua ’12, a fellow for the Russell Home and Shapiro Inventive Writing Middle; Robert Troyer ’12; Tim Schade of Philadelphia, Pa.; and Katrin Maldre, who obtained her Ph.D. from the College of Chicago in 2012.
Moritz performs on the Wesleyan males’s squash workforce, and Troyer is a former males’s tennis workforce captain.
Though different universities supply “Introduction to Racketsports” or “Racketsports” programs, Kerr could be the solely school within the nation instructing racketlon particularly. Her Wesleyan course begins after spring break and introduces college students to every of the 4 racketsports and find out how to play them together throughout the sport of racketlon. As a capstone expertise, the category will play each a singles racketlon and a doubles racketlon.
“It was fairly neat to have two members of the category, and a member of the lads’s squash workforce, be a part of the very first USA racketlon workforce that competed in Bulgaria,” Kerr stated.