Club Sports Update 11/20-11/26

Miami University Club Bowling attended the Striking Knights Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. The team finished the highest they’ve ever finished in a tournament and two individual bowlers posted their best scores. Miami Bowling team finished in 9th place. Individually, Kyle Berger finished 15th and Ben Roth finished 23rd.

Miami University Boxing Club had 2 boxers travel to the New York City Athletic Club Show: Ryan Adelson and Adan Salguero. Ryan lost a tough close match against Army. Adan won a good match against Navy.

Congrats to our Club Sports for their successful seasons!

Report by: Michelle Gregg

A Personal Trainer’s Perspective, Insight and Advice on Posture

Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and within seconds you straighten your back?  There is much more to good posture than its aesthetic aspect. Poor posture can have consequences that go beyond back pain. Therefore the Rec marketing team decided to interview two of our beloved Rec staff Holly Wilson and John Hofmann. In this two-part series, we will highlight the importance of posture and what services the Rec offers to help with this from two perspectives.

Part I

John Hofmann, Rec Center Personal Trainer

John Hofmann has been a personal trainer here at the Rec for over nine years. He’s not only a personal trainer but an endurance sports lover having participated in running, cycling and triathlon competitions. With his experience and knowledge, Hoffman will help us understand what good posture is and what he does as a personal trainer to help with this.

What is good posture? Hofmann explains that there’s a postural difference when sitting and standing. Posture when sitting: have space between your feet, lower legs and the chair, sit up straight and have your knees at a 90-degree angle. The curve of the spine must be supported without bending, as that puts our vertebrate into compression.  Posture when standing: stand with feet aligned with the shoulders, putting a little more weight on the balls of your feet, arms relaxed and head up over the spine. Hofmann emphasizes that there are many reasons why you don’t have natural posture, for example, you can have a skeletal inconsistency or muscular imbalances.

What can a  Rec personal trainer do to help you with posture? Although helping with posture is not a personal trainer’s principal goal, posture is indeed adjusted when training with a professional here at the Rec Center. The right posture is essential when lifting and our personal trainers will make sure you have the appropriate posture to keep you safe. What Hofmann does and has his clients do is, when they walk into the Rec, they should think about posture. He also explains that working on balance is essential, one of the reasons why there are mirrors in the fitness rooms is so you can see when you’re doing exercises, that you’re doing them symmetrically, you can also see how you’re moving. Being able to see how you look also reinforces standing tall and sitting straight. Hofmann says that the primary problem of poor posture is back issues. Usually, when you have back issues it is in the lower back, where most of the body weight is supported on the spine.  If you’re tilted consistently you can cause damage to the muscle and skeletal system.

STAY TUNED! Next Holly Wilson gives us her postural advice from a physical-mind discipline instructor perspective.

By Dania Puente

Club Sports Update 11/13-11/19

Miami University Roller Hockey had a home event. They went 2-1 defeating Ohio State 6-3 and Michigan 12-0. They fell to Akron 7-4. They are first in their conference!

Fencing attended a tournament in the Columbus area. 3 members placed in the top 8 competitors: 3rd place Brandon Yang, 5th place Landon Braemer, and 6th place Nicky Nocerino.

Miami University Club Broomball Team Unrestricted won their league championship with a 3-2 win over the Dayton Bombers. Max Warr (2) and Austin Smart scared, and Mike Dzoba (2) and Seth Wise had the assists.

Miami University Men’s Club Soccer competed in the National Championship Tournament in Phoenix, AZ. The team tied against UNC-Greensboro 1-1, lost a hard fought game to UCLA 3-2, and finished the tournament with a 2-0 win against Cornell.

Men’s Hockey D2 beat Louisville 6-2 on Friday and 7-3 on Saturday.

Women’s Club Volleyball had a tournament at the University of Dayton. They placed 3rd out of 17 teams!

Women’s Hockey D1 lost Friday 3-1 but won on Saturday 3-1 against Lindenwood.

Congrats to all of our Club Sports on their hard work this season.

Report by: Michelle Gregg

New River Gorge Fall Break Trip

Have  you ever wanted to brave class 5 rapids, hike to gorgeous sunset views, and experience the third tallest bridge in the United States all in one weekend?  Well that’s just what the folks from the New River Gorge Fall Break Trip were able to accomplish.  The participants of this Outdoor Pursuit Center trip took full advantage of their time in the area considered the Grand Canyon of the East.

While its name suggests youth, the New River is actually one of North America’s oldest rivers and its banks are home to ancient boulders.  This is where participants tried their hand (and feet) at bouldering-rock climbing at low heights without harnesses or ropes.   Later in the day, they experienced these rock formations in another way while on the water.  They loaded rafts with some of the most entertaining raft guides they could find and powered their way down the rapids of the Lower New River.  With the sun overhead and not a cloud in the sky, it was perfect weather for rafting and occasional swimming in the river.   the next day allowed participants to experience the river from high above.  They found multiple hikes around the rim of the gorge with picturesque overlooks and breath-taking views.   The highlight of day two was the hike to Long Point to watch the sunset behind the trees just beyond the 876ft. tall New River Gorge Bridge. 

After each day filled with adventures, each night concluded around a campfire with stories and laughter under the stars.  Participants walked away from this trip with new skills, new and deepened friendships, and new memories of a beautiful land not so far away.


By Bridget Oliver

Club Sports Update 11/06-11/12

 Men’s Volleyball competed in the Michigan State hardwood invitational. They made it to the semis in the silver bracket.

Men’s Hockey D3 split their two game series against the second ranked University of Michigan-Flint. They lost 5-0 Friday and won 2-1 on Saturday!

Miami University Club Football lost in the conference championship to Coppin State in overtime 22-16 after an amazing season.

Miami University Paintball Club competed in the MICT event at O’Hare Paintball in Chicago. They made it to the quarter finals and played the number one seeded Wisconsin. They lost 2-1. They ended up in 6th place out of 20 teams.

Broomball played in the Mid-Atlantic Broomball Tournament. They won 4-1, 4-1, and 6-0 in pool play. They won 2-1 in semifinals and then lost 1-5 in the championship. Unrestricted won league semi-finals 5-0.

The Intercollegiate Ice Skating Team finished 2nd at the Bronco Challenge Cup in Kalamazoo, MI. They finished with 78 points in total.

Men’s Hockey D2 played Akron and won 19-0 on Friday and 10-2 on Saturday.

Rowing competed in Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, TN. Women’s 4+ took silver in the Women’s College & Club 4+. John Misey took bronze in the Men’s Novice Novice 1x.

Boxing had 3 boxers compete at Lock Haven University’s Fall Brawl. Adan Salguero won his bout, Jack Cross lost by a close split decision, and Josh Schmitt had a tough match and lost.

Running attended the NIRCA cross country nationals in East Lansing, MI. They had 3 people place in the top 30 in the championship race, earning second team All-American: Ally Palmer (25th place women’s race), Robby Alexander (25th place men’s race), and Andrew Wallace (27th place men’s race).

Congratulations to all of our Club Sports this week. Keep up the great work!

Report By: Michelle Gregg

Club Sports Update 10/30-11/05

Here’s your weekly Club Sports report!

Dodgeball had the first fall Miami Dodgeball Invitational. Miami was ranked 32nd nationally and was expected to lose all three of their games. In a huge upset, Miami defeated all three of their opponents. Miami is hoping to carry this momentum to the Ohio University Invitational and break into the top twenty nationally for the first time in school history.

Miami University Women’s Rugby Football Club (MUWRFC) played in a home game for the league tournament. They won their game to receive 5th place. The score was 33-29.

Miami University Club Broomball Team Coed lost 2-3. Mar Warr and Curran Persinger scored. Unrestricted won 4-2 against the Dayton Bombers to take first in their league for playoffs. Curran Persinger (2), Mike Dzoba (1), and Austin Smart (1) scored.

Miami University Roller Hockey had their second regular season tournament. They went 2-1, defeating Michigan Tech 5-1 and DePaul 11-0, and fell to GVSU 5-2.

Equestrian had their Western Home Show.

Miami Gymnastics participated in the Virginia Tech Hokie Classic meet. Men’s and Women’s teams competed against 16 other teams. Out of 26 members who attended and competed, (18 female and 6 male), 10 were new members. Congrats to Anna Taylor, Brooklyn Smith, Caitlin Coode, Camryn Myers, Grace Mignery, Jasmine Male, Julia Dodds, Lindsay Rasizer, Susie Laane, and Christian Carey on their first meet with Miami Gymnastics. Evelyn Jackson placed 5th in Women’s All-Around and 3rd on Vault. Brian Spinello placed 2nd on Parallel Bars.

Men’s Hockey D3 fell to Central Michigan University last weekend and is 2-2 for the year.

Men’s Hockey D2 beat Xavier 5-0 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday.

Tennis got 5th place at the Badger Tournament. This was out of 32 of the top teams in and around the Midwest. They beat 5 teams, including Michigan State, Northwestern, and Marquette.

Table Tennis had a tournament in Columbus. They beat Oberlin 4-0 and lost to Toledo B 2-3.

Miami OH Ultimate Frisbee went 4-3 with wins against Wright State, Kentucky’s B Team, Xavier, and OWU.

Miami University Club Softball finished their fall season with a series sweep against EKU with a 10-0 win the first game, 9-8 win for the second, and a 16-1 win to finish it.

Miami University Club Football won against Ohio State 39-16 to win their division!

Congratulations to all of our teams for their hard work this season!

Report By: Michelle Gregg

MOVE is on the move!

We are excited to announce that MOVE is on the move! Miami & Oxford Value Exercise Bootcamps, also known as, MOVE Bootcamp is a collaborative initiative between Miami Rec Sports Fitness Department and the President’s Office. We began MOVE Bootcamp back in Spring of 2017. Once a month small groups of community members and students would meet to sweat it out in President and Dr. Crawford’s backyard. The initiative, which originally started out as a campaign to improve Miami and the Oxford community’s overall health, has turned into way to bring students and members of the community together. MOVE Bootcamps are all encompassing and open to all ages, respectively including ages 8 to 70 participate in previous MOVE Bootcamps.

M.O.V.E Outdoor Bootcamp with the Crawfords at Lewis Place.

This year, Miami Rec Sports Fitness Department and the President’s Office decided to collaborate with other on and off campus partners. On November 11, 2017 we will hold our largest MOVE Bootcamp yet! We have collaborated with Miami University Air Force and Army ROTC’s who will create the workout program! Athletics has also been an active participant, donating space in the Dauch Indoor Sports Center, and providing additional marketing. The most exciting part of this MOVE Bootcamp is the added fundraising component. MOVE Bootcamp is showing support for Toys for Tots, a Marine organized program.

No registration is required for MOVE Bootcamp, just show up with a smile and willingness to work hard! Spring 2018 MOVE Bootcamp dates have yet to be determined.

Bring a toy or two and join us at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Dauch Indoor Sports Center located at 800 Weeb Ewbank Way, Oxford, OH 45056.

If you have questions or are interested in collaborating in future MOVE Bootcamps please contact Assistant Director of Fitness, Shannon Speed, at or (513) 529-2193.



By Shannon Speed

Club Sports Update 10/23-10/29

Beach Volleyball competed this weekend. Ryan VonSchlobohm and his partner won their division, edging out Lucas Kulesza and his partner.

Women’s Soccer had regionals in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend. They tied OSU 1-1 and IU 0-0.

Men’s Rugby lost to Louisville 28-0.

Miami University Club Broomball Team coed lost and unrestricted improved their record to 5-0 with a solid 5-0 win against the Widowmakers. Curran Persinger and Max Warr scored 2, and Austin Smart had 1.

Men’s D2 Hockey played at the University of Pittsburgh. On Friday, they won 6-1 and 6-0 on Saturday.

Miami University Men’s Club Soccer had regionals this weekend in Indianapolis. They tied one game 3-3 and lost a hard fought game 1-0.

Swim Team hosted their annual fall invitational. Six other teams attended. The boys finished second overall and the girls won!! Their combined finish as a team was second. A few team records were set. More than half of the team has achieved national qualifying times in at least one event!

Miami University Club Football travelled to Pittsburgh and defeated the Panthers 25-0.

Running attended NIRCA Great Lakes Regionals in Shelbyville, Indiana on Saturday. Men came in 4th in the 8K with two top-10 finishers (Robby Alexander and Andrew Wallace). Women came in 5th in the 6K.

Women’s D1 Hockey won 5-0 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday against Robert Morris.

Baseball beat Ball State 9-1 and 22-7.

Miami University Quidditch placed 2nd at Regionals and qualified for Nationals. They also had a huge win against Ohio State!

Keep up all of the great work!

Report by: Michelle Gregg

Student Staff Spotlight on Ian Berg

Ian Berg, Class of 2019

Ian Berg is known around the Rec Center as the “Pro-Shop Guru”, he knows the Pro-Shop as well as the back of his hand if not better. He has memorized all product prices as well as all the details. “Wonderful Student Manager, wealth of knowledge. Great problem solver, our go to to fix anything”Jessie Bayer. With five years in the business, Ian tells us a little bit more about how he got here and what he does. 

When and how did you become a part of the REC staff?

I began at the start of my junior year of high school, so this is my fifth year here. I started back when reception and fitness were combined , I was in reception and CSS for the first two years and then I trained up to Pro-Shop for another two years, and starting this year I am Lead Staff.

What’s a normal workday for you at the Rec?

I guess it really depends on what I’m doing, since I can be Pro-Shop informal or just on Lead Staff shift, every day is a little different.

Do you think this job is preparing you for your future and career?

Yeah, I think so, I think it’s helped me be a little bit more outgoing. It’s made it easier for me to talk to people.

As a student manager here at the Rec, what’s a piece of advice you’d give students seeking your position?

Be ready to help out in any way you’re asked and be flexible with what you’re asked to do.


By Dania Puente

Club Sports Weekly Update 10/16-10/22

Here’s your weekly Club Sports updates!

Sailing competed in Annapolis, Maryland and finished mid-fleet.

Miami University Men’s Rugby Football Club Alumni Association had a home match against OU and lost 26-15.

Miami University Women’s Club Basketball went 2-1 at their home tournament. They fell to OU, but beat Cincinnati in overtime and NKU.

Miami University Waterski Team took their second consecutive D2 national championship in Zachary, Louisiana last weekend.

Women’s Volleyball had an away tournament at U of I in Champagne, Illinois. After going 3-0 in pool play against Northwestern, Illinois B, and Loyola B, they fell in the semifinals to Illinois A. They came in 3rd overall in the tournament.

Miami University Club Broomball Team coed lost 1-4. Nathan Bubash scored the lone goal.

Miami University Roller Hockey went 3-1 defeating Henry Ford College 4-3, Akron 6-3, Western Michigan B 12-3 and falling to Michigan State B 5-1.

Tennis won the Xavier University Challenger this past weekend in Cincinnati. They beat Michigan and OSU in bracket play to take the title!

Women’s D1 Hockey lost 4-0 to MSU on Friday and lost 3-2 in OT on Saturday.

Men’s D2 Hockey lost to the University of Cincinnati on Friday 5-3 and Saturday 4-1.

Swim Team competed at the University of Kentucky Wildcat Invitational. They placed 3rd out of 7 and were beaten only by the host team and the reigning national champions. Many swimmers achieved National Qualifying Times.

Women’s Soccer lost to OSU 2-0.

Miami University Men’s Club Soccer defeated Dayton 2-0 to complete their regular season with a record of 8-2. They will be traveling to Indianapolis for regionals next weekend as a result of their solid season.

Miami University Rowing Club raced at Head of the Charles in Boston this weekend. Miami’s Women’s Four was in the top 50% of their race, beating more than 27 boats.

Men’s Water Polo had their conference at OSU. They went 1-2, losing to Notre Dame 11-7 and Illinois State 4-2. They won against OSU B 4-3.

Boxing competed in the Cincinnati Athletic Club Fight Night. New members Jack Cross and Jake Isele won their bouts.

Miami University Club Football had a big upset win against #3 Ohio State in Columbus 19-18.

Men’s Volleyball tied for 3rd in OSU tournament this weekend.

Baseball swept Indiana University in a 3 game series winning 10-0 in game 2.

Miami University Team Handball Club had a home tournament this past weekend. They finished 2-1-1, beating UC and OSU, tying Columbus Armada, and losing to Auburn.

Miami University Club Softball lost the first two against UK, but fought back to come out on top for the third to avoid a series sweep.

Congratulations to all of our teams for their hard work this week!

Report by: Michelle Gregg