AveRee Reynolds, a community college transfer, crammed up her and her husband's belongings into a car and drove up to Fairbanks in August. Sophie Schilling, of Berlin, Germany, has only been in America for a few months, but has the guidance of another German player on the team who is accustom to the Alaskan Lifestyle.
Universities often emphasize the "student" aspect of student athlete, ensuring they focus on the classroom as much as their sport. But, before they're students or athletes, they're people. University of Alaska Fairbanks Swim Coach Becca Weiland makes sure that her athletes are not only on top of their performance and academics, but that they are good people within the community as well. Jordan Rodenberger spent the day with the UAF Swim program, who visited North Pole Elementary Thursday to read to kindergartners.
When thinking of Alaskan sports, one would typically think dog mushing, hockey or skiing. So, how does the second most successful NCAA Rifle program in history reside in Alaska? Jordan Rodenberger spoke with 3x National Champion and current head coach Layne Lewis about the University's most decorated sports program.
Since the vast majority of the athletes and the Athletic Department at UAF are taking some time off for Christmas, this week for Nanook Corner we are going to recap how our teams are doing this year, and show you where they rank in their respective conferences.