A Closer Look: The Warmothers"Everyone gets to know each other," says Katy Feniello '08. "We throw all our parties together, we have the end-of-season banquet together, and we go to tournaments over spring break together. It's one big Frisbee community." more
The Swarthmore Aikido Club offers training in the martial art of Aikikai Aikido. A graceful and gentle form of self-defense, Aikido emphasizes swift conflict resolution with minimal injury. Techniques include holds, throws, pins, break falls, and weapons. Classes are taught by certified, outside instructors in a safe and friendly environment. The club also holds special events, which include seminars on special topics with high-level instructors. Membership is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff, and it includes access to two local dojos and membership in the United States Aikido Federation. Belt-testing and PE credit are offered. The club encourages all to join, regardless of physical ability or experience. more
Cyclists of all levels join the Swarthmore Cycling Club, and together they engage in a host of activities. In the spring, some ride in the Eastern College Cycling Conference events throughout the Northeast. This is the largest cycling conference in the nation where members cycle at notable venues such as Penn State University, West Point Academy, and The University of Pennsylvania. Other enthusiastic non-racing members join the club and engage in recreational rides throughout the Delaware County area. All members promote cycling on and off campus.
The Men's Ultimate Frisbee Club Team has the primary goal of providing an organized group to play Ultimate Frisbee on campus and competes against other college and club teams throughout the United States. While the team strives for victory when playing other teams and in that respect reflects the goals of other varsity sports on campus, it also opens its arms to all students interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee regardless of ability.
Men's Rugby invites participation to all men on campus, irrespective of ability and previous experience. Practices and matches are held in both the spring and fall season. The season is set by the East Pennsylvania Rugby Union in the fall and by the match secretary in the spring.
Men's Volleyball engages in local and regional competitions. The club season takes place during the spring semester each academic year.
Motherpuckers is Swarthmore's student-run recreational ice hockey program. Every Thursday night at 9:40 and Sunday night at 9:20 from mid-October through mid-April, students meet at the Rose Garden for a short van ride to the Springfield Ice Rink for an hour and a half of non-competitive hockey. Puckers is organized by line according to skill: A-line for advanced skaters, B-line for beginners, C-line for comedy, and D-line for disaster. We have all the equipment you need, including free skate rental, but you're welcome to bring anything of your own. Motherpuckers is one of the campus' oldest and most popular groups and an average of 40 to 50 students, women and men alike, take part each session. No skill is necessary and an hour and a half of skating makes an excellent study break even on the busiest of weeks. more
Swarthmore Fencing Team
The Swarthmore Fencing Club is a full-fledged club sport that is dedicated to providing both an introduction to the sport of fencing to the entire student body and competitive opportunities for fencers with experience. The Fencing Club trains under head coach Marshal Davis, former captain of the University of Florida's sabre squad and former head coach of Temple Univerversity mens' club team, and his wife, assistant coach and experienced fencer, Helen Kaplan. Each year the Club begins by providing basic training in either foil, sabre, or epee for new members while experienced members continue building on their training from previous years. Members' training is supplemented by participation in a wide variety of local and national tournaments, as the club competes in the Southern-Atlantic Conference of the Nation Collegiate Club Fencing Association. These tournaments include the Temple Open, Southern-Atlantic Conference championship, Club Nationals, West Coast Invitational, and NIWFA amongst others. The club is able to fully equip fencers of any weapon for practice and tournaments and currently has two full electric strips, which are set to be added to in the future. Additionally, a wide variety of other opportunities are available for members as well, including twice yearly training clinics with the renown fencer and head coach of the University of Florida fencing team, Bruce Capin. The club is open to new members of all skill levels and encourages participation at whatever level possible for each student. more
Swarthmore Uechi Association (SUA)
SUA works to create and maintain an environment conducive to the study of traditional martial arts on campus and makes available to students the physical and mental benefits intrinsic to Uechi Ryu, an Okinawan style of karate. This is done through twice-weekly classes and related activities sponsored by SUA.
Our team provides an opportunity for Swarthmore women to play Ultimate Frisbee, a competitive intercollegiate club sport whose popularity is currently very high and still growing. This is a positive experience for women who want to play on an athletic team, but who do not want to commit to the time and energy demands of a varsity sport. more
Water Polo Club
The Water Polo Club accommodates student interest in playing semi-competitive water polo and in getting fit by providing a fun environment for beginners to learn the game and experienced players to improve.
Women's Rugby is equally open to all women without tryouts as an alternative to varsity sports. Anyone interested in rugby may be a member of the club. As long as she continues to show interest by coming to practices and matches, she is considered a member. Because we have both an A-side and B-side, all members are guaranteed playing time. more