ChemE Graduate Powerhouse Wins Octathon, 7-0-1By Kiko Aumond and Chris Dowd
The Chemical Engineering Graduate Student team finished first in this year's octathon with an almost impecable 7-0-1 record. After placing 12th out 16 teams last year, Captain Chris Dowd G managed to assemble a mix of specialists in certain sports, as well as good all-around athletes, enabling the team to attain the maximum number of points in four of the eight Octathon events.
The octathon all started on a cold winter night at the Johnson ice rink. ChemE faced mighty opponents Phi Kappa Sigma in the hockey event, winning 3-1. The score, however, did not reflect the toughness of the game. Steffen Ernst G and Mark Powers G were a formidible offensive line, while a stoked Shahin Ali G scored an almost impossible goal, retrieving the puck from behind the net and driving it home mercilessly.
Although it was a good start, team members knew the worst was yet to come with the approach of the Patriot's Day weekend and the seven remaining sports. Saturday morning a cautious water polo team entered Alumni Pool, still shell-shocked from the previous year's disastrous showing, but the team redeemed itself, emerging victorious with a win against a spirited Next House opponent.
From the pool to the Du Pont Gym hardwood: in what might have been the A league final, ChemE faced a fired-up Delta Upsilon hoops squad. Although they had trouble with DU's good rebounding, tight defense, and three-point shooting in the first half, ChemE, with Justin Hanes G and Dowd G leading the offensive, iced a 39-35 win.
Day one ended with a soccer game against Phi Beta Epsilon. Rick Batycky G, Colin Wolden G, and Glen Bolton G all had tantalizingly close shots, but Dowd managed the only ChemE goal as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie.
Sunday started with an Ultimate frisbee game against Lambda Chi Alpha, where the ChemE team had to fight gale force winds and driving rain to win the game 15-7. Glen Bolton provided one of the morning highlights by showing up for the game and scored an almost impossible point by catching a long upwind toss from master handler Jeff Hrkach. Gabe Worley G also played a great game, leading the offensive and making pin-point passes in truly abominable conditions.
In the volleyball event, Wolden and Bill Stockton's powerful spikes off accurate sets by Daniel Winkelman G led ChemE to a 2-0 victory against Beta Theta Pi. Chem E later notched a 13-7 softball win over a tough Kappa Sig team behind the strong hitting of Stockton, Hrkach, and Wolden.
After maxing out all the Sunday events, the Course X team was close to an overall victory, and with this spirit they stepped onto the Briggs Field lawn Tuesday morning for the football game against Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Heckling from some DU brothers directly interested in a ChemE defeat only made the team play more fiercely. Mike "Hoss" Szady G, Fred Colhoun G and Wolden formed a solid offensive line. The nimble Kiko Aumond G, making a smooth transition from the Brazilian form of football, garnered two critical points with a stunning second-half safety. After 40 minutes of intense grid-iron action, quarterback Hanes marched the team down the field and connected with tight end Stockton in the final minute to secure a 15-13 victory for the 1994 Octathon.