Galloway at home on water

first_imgWith every stroke slicing the stillness of the Lake Monona water, junior Maggie Galloway is reminded of what she enjoys most — the outdoors. As a member of the UW women’s rowing team, Galloway has a chance to stay connected to her interest each and every day during the season, even if it was by random chance.“I like endurance sports, and I love being out on the water,” Galloway said.In addition to rowing, the Varsity Eight member finds great pleasure camping and canoeing. Not to beat it over the head, but Galloway gets so much out of immersing herself in nature that she has plans to make a career out of it. She is majoring in biological aspects of conservation. However, rowing isn’t only about being outdoors for Galloway; it’s an opportunity to let her competitive edge come to the fore, and it pushes her mind in ways that other activities can’t. “I’m super-competitive; I don’t like to lose,” Galloway said. “The thought of being able to beat teams that are better, or girls that are faster than me or bigger than me, makes me want to go faster.”Not only does Galloway, a three-time high school MVP rower, push herself, but she also acts as a driving force for her teammates. “Maggie is a great teammate,” senior captain Shayla Dvorak said. “She always does everything and does her best to help her [teammates]. She pushes everyone physically and mentally in all aspects.”Galloway’s competitive spirit wasn’t always as forthright as it is now. In fact, it wasn’t until this past year that her determination really became apparent to her coaches and teammates. “She seemed quiet, and she didn’t have all the confidence in the world,” coach Bebe Bryans said. “But she just decided that she really, really, really wanted to do this and be successful.” This attitude makes Galloway one of the key players on the team — most girls involved are competitive but not many can take it to the next level like Galloway does, according to Bryans. “[Galloway’s] in the room among the fiercest people on the team,” she said. Hailing from Louisville, Ky., it was somewhat of a happenstance that Galloway even had Wisconsin on the radar. But after a campus visit, there was nothing accidental about her attending UW.“I knew immediately that I was going to come here; how could you not fall in love with Madison?” Galloway said.Last year, the junior was named 2007 Academic All-Big Ten for her dedication in the classroom. With renewed focus on the water, not at the expense of her schoolwork, Galloway can only benefit the Badgers. “We work for each other,” Galloway said. All the effort she puts into rowing is not for personal gain, but to give the team a fighting chance of winning every competition the team enters. Galloway said she knows the other girls feel the same and believes this is why they will have such a successful season.According to Galloway, there is much to look forward to this season, including prospects of making it to the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships — which they were not invited to last year. –Kevin Hagstrom contributed to this reportlast_img read more

Trojans look to keep streak alive at home

first_imgJust like the Southeastern Conference in football and the Big East Conference in men’s basketball, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation stands alone in men’s volleyball as the premiere division across the country. No other conference has as many national championships, ranked teams or the caliber of competition as the MPSF annually showcases.Rising star · Junior opposite hitter and team co-captain Murphy Troy, pictured here from last season, helped the Trojans sweep Long Beach State Wednesday night, contributing 20 kills. The Trojans host UC San Diege Friday night. – Daily Trojan file photo. So in a year in which the USC men’s volleyball team has held its status as the top team in the land despite a brutal schedule away from home and three tough early conference matchups, the road ahead will continue to challenge the strength and resolve of the Trojans (5-1, 3-0).That challenge continues tonight as the Trojans welcome No. 12 UC San Diego to the Galen Center, in an inter-conference showdown that marks the seventh straight match USC will face a top 25 opponent.The Trojans are coming off what was arguably their most impressive and efficient match of the year, after they defeated the No. 8 Long Beach State 49ers with relative ease in three sets (30-28, 31-29, 30-23). Led by junior opposite hitter Murphy Troy’s 20 kills, senior middle blocker Hunter Current’s five blocks and sophomore middle blocker Andrew Pizula’s match-high 12 digs, USC looked the part of a No. 1 team in its home opener.No. 12 UCSD (2-4, 1-2) is also coming off its most impressive win of the early season, as the team defeated No. 7 Pepperdine in four sets on Wednesday night for its first win against the Waves in school history.While the Tritons enter this season as one of the youngest teams in the conference, they are led by savvy veterans Frank Fritsch and Calvin Ross. Fritsch, the team’s outside hitter and senior leader, led the team with 366 kills in 2009 while Ross, the team’s top middle blocker, led the Tritons in blocks last season.So though on paper the advantage of experience tends to lean toward the Trojans in this match, the players know that in every match in the MPSF conference they will be facing the opposing team’s best shot. And tonight’s match against the Tritons is likely to be no different.“USC always has a target on its back. By having the reputation as a top contending program, every team wants to claim a win against the Trojans,” Current said.First serve will be at 7 p.m. and will mark just the second time this season the road-weary Trojans will have an opportunity to play in front of their home crowd. The match also marks the last time the team will be in town for the rest of January and the beginning of February, as their upcoming matches are at Pepperdine, Cal State Northridge and Santa Barbara.last_img read more

East entrance to Woods Park to be closed today

first_imgSumner Newscow report — BNSF will be replacing track panels over the east entrance to Woods Park today and will be closing a section of the road near the Wellington Municipal Golf Course maintenance building for most of the day.  Entrance to Woods Park will only be open on the west end.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Applications being taken for Ms. Wheelchair Iowa contest

first_imgWATERLOO — A new advocate for Iowans with disabilities will be chosen next weekend in Waterloo.The Ms. Wheelchair Iowa Contest is scheduled for March 7th and contestants are still welcome to apply and compete for the crown. Jenn Wolff, of Waverly, is a former titleholder and is one of this year’s event organizers. She says you need to be a U.S. citizen who’s at least 21 and have lived in Iowa at least six months.“We are looking for women who use wheelchairs 100% of the time for mobility,” Wolff says. “We’re hoping that they want to educate the general public, advocate for others with disabilities. We’re really hoping to build this competition into a stronger community of women with disabilities.” Wolff says the winner will be picked based on her accomplishments since the onset of the disability.She notes it’s not a beauty pageant so there’s no swimsuit competition and contestants don’t need to perform some sort of talent.Wolff says, “It is really more focused on building education and empowerment and advocacy, in building a person’s confidence, public speaking ability, and civic engagement.”The winner’s duties will revolve around her platform and her ability to travel — which may take her from local parades, churches, civic groups and schools to the state capitol, the governor’s office and beyond. Wolff, who was Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2011, says being the titleholder had a profound impact on her life — for the better.“There is power in the tiara! It gets you into rooms that you might not be able to otherwise get into to speak,” Wolff says. “It really, really helped my confidence and ability to public speak. Going to nationals is unlike anything else because you’re in a room full of women in wheelchairs and you will never, ever get that experience anywhere else. It was amazing.”The Iowa winner will represent the state at the Ms. Wheelchair America event, scheduled for August in Little Rock, Arkansas. To apply for the state contest, search for “Ms. Wheelchair Iowa Contest 2020” on Facebook and scroll down to find a link to the application.last_img read more