Wesleying Unofficial Orientation Series 2015: Athletics/Athlete Life

This is mostly an updated repost of previous athletics unofficial orientation series posts.


Some of you frosh probably don’t know that WesTech competes in the prestigious NESCAC—the most competitive D3 conference in the country. Despite the throngs of news outlets that flock to many of our sports games, you will never have to enter a lottery system or wait in a line overnight to obtain tickets. We also aren’t like these fans, and we never will be. That’s okay. Do not believe the naysayers who claim that Wesleyan students do not support or appreciate athletics. I have personally witnessed Wes students get so fired up after a basketball loss to Trinity that we started a “safety school” chant. Not our best moment but definitely an example of caring!

Whether you’re attempting to relive your high school glory days, looking to get or stay fit (the freshman fifteen is real), or trying out a new sport, Wesleyan has what you are looking for!

Last year the Dirty Birds did some real damage in the ‘CAC: baseball had a record 12-0 NESCAC season and won ‘CAC championships, men’s basketball also had a championship victory, football finished runner up in the ‘CACs, a women’s tennis player won individual NCAAS and women’s tennis and squash both had freshmen become All-American. We also had three of our baseball players sign professional baseball contracts over the summer. These are just some of the achievements of the 2014-2015 season.

You may be wondering how far away the Freeman Athletic Center is from central campus. If you live in Bennet: close; if you live in Butts: not close enough. Regardless, here is the link to a campus map if you’re still doubtful and here are the facility hours as an added bonus.

Freeman has everything that you need: a weight room, sauna, steam room (yes, there is a difference), locker rooms for both athletes and non-athletes, pool, and rowing center. There is also a field house with an indoor track that has been resurfaced this summer. Do not hesitate to see Joe Fountain, the Director of Athletic Injury Care, or Bob Chiapetta, Manager of Intercollegiate Operations. The former can treat your injuries; the latter can provide you with equipment.  They are both located on the bottom floor near the locker rooms. I almost forgot about this stunner. When the varsity teams are not practicing on it, students are free to use it.

There are a lot of ways to get involved with athletics even if you’re not on a varsity team. Check out this site for all our fall, winter and spring intramural leagues. Also, there are plenty of club teams, like fencing, cycling, co-ed ice hockey, and broomball, though they require more commitment than intramural sports. If group exercise is more your thing, Wesleyan Body and Mind offers several different yoga and cardio classes for students, including free events almost every weekend.

Since there is so much more to discover about athletics at Wesleyan, and I can only make this font so small, I encourage you to explore the main page of the athletics department. Check out the team schedules, new exercise programs, sports class offerings, and much more.

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