clubs make strong showing
While fans of Hornet athletics are familiar with this year’s
successes by the volleyball, tennis, and men’s basketball
teams, there are some lesser-known student athletes who are making
their mark – through the University’s sport clubs.
There were a number of outstanding performances among this year’s
sport clubs. The men’s junior varsity volleyball team placed
second in the nation for the second year in a row. The coed racquetball
club finished seventh in the nation with the mixed-doubles team
of Melissa Borgwat and Mark Salinas placing first in their division.
The traditionally strong CSUS water ski club finished eighth in
the nation with Celeste Eckerman, Jamie Hansen and Jason Wollman
all making the regional all-star team.
The CSUS Olympic weightlifting club also continued its recent string
of successes, sending four members to the upcoming national finals.
Team member Paul Bowling placed first in his weight class at the
prestigious Arnold Olympic Weightlifting Championships, held in
Columbus, Ohio in April.
About 300 students competed on CSUS sport club teams this year,
which included coed ice hockey, water ski and Olympic weightlifting,
along with men’s and women’s rugby and volleyball.
Unlike intercollegiate sports, sport club athletes receive no scholarship
funds. About 15 percent of this year’s nearly $300,000 budget
came from Associated Students, and although sponsor donations have
increased in recent years, most of the remaining 85 percent came
from student participants, said Ken Morton, recreational sports
Because each club is dependent upon student interest and participation,
students learn valuable leadership and organizational skills, Morton
With collegiate sport clubs increasing in popularity throughout
the country, Morton said, the CSUS program serves as an ambassador
for the university. It also helps as a recruiting tool for prospective
students and promotes higher retention and graduation rates, he