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Provo, Utah—The Varsity Cup announced today that Central Washington University (CWU) has been selected to participate in the 2013 Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship.
CWU comes into the Varsity Cup after the forced departure of the University of Utah following a recent administrative suspension of the Utah rugby program.
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The Wildcats immediately join the Varsity Cup this postseason with an on-going participation commitment through the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
As an NCAA member institution Central Washington University is led by current head coach Tony Pacheco, who concurrently serves as the USA Rugby Collegiate All American 7’s head coach.
CWU boasts an 8-0 regular season record in 2012-13 and a #7 national ranking in RUGBYMag.com’s all-division rankings.
The Wildcats also field one of the country’s top 7s squads with CWU being 2011 USA Rugby Collegiate 7s Runners-Up and a spate of recent 7s rugby tournaments victories over the last year, including an appearance in February’s acclaimed USA Sevens Las Vegas Invitational where CWU advanced to the Cup Championship only to fall to a strong University of Victoria 7s team.
CWU’s Director of Rugby Bob Ford says the invitation to join the Varsity Cup Championship was an opportunity his program couldn’t afford to pass up.
“The competition structure is something that will provide consistency to our program,” Ford said,”And will provide our players with access to a high level of rugby on a regular basis. This is an opportunity we did not see on our immediate horizon and one that required careful consideration in a compressed timeline. We look forward to the competition the Varsity Cup provides and are excited about promoting the growth of rugby.”
The decision to invite the CWU Wildcats into the inaugural Varsity Cup came after timely but careful consideration with the participating Varsity Cup universities’ administrators and coaching staffs.
“We had significant interest from a number of programs,” said BYU’s David Smyth, “In the end, all of the Varsity Cup universities were unanimous that inviting Central Washington was the best course. We’re pleased to have a team of the caliber of the Wildcats join the Varsity Cup Championship.”
CWU will slot into the vacated #4 seed and meet the Air Force Academy in the Western Super-Regional hosted on the campus of UCLA.
Kick-off for the AFA vs. CWU match is set for 2pm PT on Saturday, April 20th. Meanwhile the hosts will take on 2012 National Collegiate Rugby Champion BYU in the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional concluding match at 4pm.
The inclusion of CWU doesn’t affect the Eastern Super-Regional as 2011 National Collegiate Rugby Champion California takes on Notre Dame and Navy meets Dartmouth.
Both Eastern Super-Regional matches are also scheduled for April 20th and are set to be played at 1.30pm ET and 3.30pm ET respectively inside the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
RENO, Nev.-Central Washington Bowling completed a long time goal this weekend. They won their first tournament in program history during the Reno Collegiate Open this weekend. They had a set high of 1156. As of Feb. 3rd the Wildcats are ranked 51st in the nation and will get an added boost when the next set of rankings come out.
“It has been a lot of hardwork and dedication to get to this point,” Club President Breanne Mattson said, “winning this tournament will give us momentum heading into ITC Sectionals.”
Bowling has been a Central Washington University Collegiate Sport Club for 12 years and has made major strides in the club over the past few years. Last year they finished 88th in the nation, eight spots out of qualifying for sectionals.
Next up for the Wildcats is sectionals in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 9th. The Wildcats will look to qualify for nationals later this spring in Lincoln, Neb.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas-Central Washington Rugby is looking to build on their 2nd place finish at the 2012 USA Rugby National 7′s Championships in College Station, Texas.The tournament kicks off Nov. 30th and concludes Dec. 1st. All the action will be easy to follow from your computer or tablet as they will live streamed on the USA Rugby YouTube TV Channel. The cup semifinals as well as the championship will be streamed on ESPN3.
Following CWU Rugby as never been easier. Follow the team on Facebook and get instant results of matches or follow the action on Twitter via @USAEaglesRugby, @Goffonrugby, @RUGBY_Magazine and @Pat_Clifton. Use hashtag #College7s to join the conversation. Also follow @CWURECREATION for updates on Central Rugby.
ESPN3 Live College 7s Schedule | Saturday, December 1, 2012
11:40am CT – Women’s Cup Semi Final 1
12:00pm CT – Women’s Cup Semi Final 2
12:20pm CT – Men’s Plate Semi Finals 1
12:40pm CT – Men’s Plate Semi inals 2
1:00pm CT – Men’s Cup Semi Final 1
1:20pm CT – Men’s Cup Semi Final 2
5:30pm CT – Women’s Cup Final
6:00pm CT – Men’s Cup Final
ELLENSBURG, WASH.- CWU Wrestling is beginning preparations for the 2012-2013 season and expectations have been rising after a successful 2011-2012 campaign. Coming into the season, they have added a new head coach, Eric Idler, who formerly coached the CWU Varsity Wrestling squad before being cut in 2004. Idler currently helps out at Ellensburg High School as well. CWU also will host the NCWA Northwest Regional Tournament which will be the qualifier for the National NCWA Tournament in Allen, TX.
Central Wrestling has also added a new wrestling mat to their collection. The new mat is made by ResLite and will be much safer than the old mat that was used by the varsity program. “The mat will allow our club to grow and bring in new members” Club President Steven Alfi said . The mat will be used at all future home competitions. The Schedule can be found at the NCWA website.
ELLENSBURG, Wash.-The trip to Texas A&M and a National title will have to go through Memorial Stadium once again for the CWU Men’s Rugby team. The annual 7′s competition brings together Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) foes in Seattle.The winner advances to the USA Rugby 7′s National Championship in College Station, Texas.
Central Washington Men’s Rugby team has thoroughly dominated the competition throughout the NCRC 7′s Series. Winning both tournaments at Oregon State University and Washington State University. The Wildcats have not lost in 7′s competition this year and will look to continue that trend.
Even though the Wildcats are favored, they will see some stiff competition from Western Washington and Oregon State. Western was a 2011 USA 7′s Rugby National Championship participant.The Vikings played the Wildcats in the Cup final at the Palouse 7′s tournament hosted by Washington State. The Beavers also played the Wildcats in the Cup final at their home tournament where the Wildcats won a hard fought match.
Central Rugby has won every NCRC 7′s Championship tournament since it’s inception in in 2010. The Wildcats are also looking to improve on a second place finish at the USA Rugby 7′s National Cmapion
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Schedule is Below with CWU matches bolded
8:40 CWU WOU
9:00 WWU BSU
9:20 EWU ISU
9:40 OSU UPS
10:00 CWU UO
10:20 WWU WSU
10:40 EWU UI
11:00 OSU UW
11:20 UO WOU
11:40 WSU BSU
12:00 UI ISU
12:20 UW UPS
1:00 Seed #1 Seed #8
1:20 Seed #2 Seed #7
1:40 Seed #3 Seed #6
2:00 Seed #4 Seed #5
2:20 Seed #9 Seed #12
2:40 Seed #10 Seed #11
3:00 L1/2/3/4 L1/2/3/4
3:20 L1/2/3/4 L1/2/3/4
3:40 W1/2/3/4 W1/2/3/4
4:00 W1/2/3/4 W1/2/3/4
4:20 L5 L6 11th/12th
4:40 W5 W6 9th/10th
5:00 L7 L8 7th/8th
5:20 W7 W8 5th/6th
5:40 L9 L10 3rd/4th
6:00 W9 W10 1st/2nd
Sept. 19, 2012 Ellensburg, Wash.- Central Washington University Collegiate Sports Clubs Demonstration Day a.k.a “Demo Day” was a resounding success and an excellent kick-off of the upcoming competition year for clubs. With all 24 clubs participating, 408 new recruits came to meetings and practices all over campus. Even though the air quality was not up to par, it did not affect the clubs’ ability to recruit new members. Practices were canceled and clubs held meetings to inform new students how they can get involved. “Every meeting I attended was full of new faces excited about the opportunities to participate” said Sport Club Graduate Assistant Derek Tomasone. The club with the most new recruits for the day was the Archery Club with 40 potential new members. Demo Day is an integral part of Collegiate Sport Clubs and its recruiting process.
Wildcat Welcome Weekend is upon us once again and CWU Sport Clubs will be welcoming the new freshman with open arms. Sport Clubs will be participating in many events throughout the weekend including SURC-US, Movers and Shakers, and Sport Club Demo Day.
SURC-US will take place on Saturday, September 15th in the Student Union Building and Recreation Center. Sport Clubs will be tabling at the event as well as recruiting incoming freshman. SURC-US begins at 7 PM and concludes at 10 PM
Movers and Shakers
CWU Sport Clubs will help incoming freshman move into their new residence halls on Friday from 9 AM to 4PM. Mover’s and Shakers is a great program and helps incoming freshman meet current CWU students as well as starting a new life as a Wildcat.
Sports Club Demo Day
Demo day is the biggest recruiting day for CWU Sport Clubs and will take place all over campus from the swimming pool to the Rec Center. Sport Clubs will be holding practices and will allow freshman to come out and join in the first official club gathering of the school year. The schedule for Demo Day is below.
Christina Ordonez, an Arlington, Wash. native and junior transfer student from Jamestown University in North Dakota became the first national champion in the short history of the club. Christina breezed through her competition en route to winning an NCWWA title in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her title plus her teammate’s effort allowed the Central women to place 4th overall in the nation. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for March is Christina Ordonez.
Thomas Olson: Wake Sports
Thomas a junior from Gig Harbor anchors the CWU Wake Team and is one of the best riders in the region. He helped the Wake team win the West Coast Regional in the fall and will lead them into competition next month in Oklahoma City at Collegiate Wakeboard National Championships. Thomas has been a vital part of the CWU Wake Team and he will hopefully help them bring back hardware this June at the ALT Games. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for March is Thomas Olson.
Amy Euting: Women’s Lacrosse
Amy Euting, a senior in the Global Wine Studies program, plays a vital role on and off the field for the Women’s Lacrosse Club at CWU. Amy scored the most goals on the team and was voted as the Offensive MVP by her peers. Amy also helped with fundraising and scheduling. She also emerged as leader this year and help newcomers learn the game. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for April is Amy Euting.
Torrey Kuhlmann is a post-baccalaureate studying Mechanical Engineering Technology for his major, from Seattle, WA. He began biking for commuting purposes and turned into racer where success has begun to come his way. Torrey won two races this season including the Conference Championship Road Race in Palouse, WA and the CWU Critierum. He was also a member of CWU’s Men’s C Championship winning Team Time Trial team. He finished the racing season in 3rd place overall in the Men’s D category. He is only the 6th CWU cyclist to win a Northwest Collegiate Cycling conference race.
Matt Peterson: Swimming
Matthew Peterson, a current club officer and a senior Aviation major was the most versatile swimmer for the Wildcats at the United States Masters National Swim Meet this past April. He qualified in five events and placed in the top 15 in each. Peterson’s highest placing was in the 1,000-meter. He finished fifth with a time of 11 minutes 19.45 seconds and in the same event. He led the team with six individual medals. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for May is Matt Peterson.
Heather Johnson: Women’s Rugby
Heather Johnson, a sophomore clinical physiology major, is the starting scrumhalf for the Women’s Rugby Club. She has improved throughout the year and become a very versatile player on offense or defense. Off the field, she has also stepped up; she is the vice-president of the club and is involved in fundraisers, recruiting, and other events. Your US Bank Scholarship winner for May is Heather Johnson.