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Alex Leichenger is a news editor for Student Life
Alex Leichenger has written 115 articles.

Super Bowl XLVIII: The national game at a crossroads

January 30, 2014 | Alex Leichenger

For the 30th year in a row, football is America’s most popular sport, and it’s not even close. In fact, it has been America’s most popular sport ever since the Harris Poll started asking people in 1985, with more than twice as many survey respondents saying they preferred the NFL to baseball, our supposed national pastime.

Sports & Society: Fulfilling Mandela’s vision?

December 12, 2013 | Alex Leichenger

After the passing of Nelson Mandela last week, sports websites lauded the former South African president for his masterful ability to make sports a pathway for social change. “Mandela realized the transformative and unifying power of sports, and used that power to make changes that protests and diplomacy could not,” read the featured story on Yahoo! Sports.

Five soccer players earn regional honors, Conlon named top coach

December 05, 2013 | Alex Leichenger

After a record-setting season that ended in playoff disappointment, Washington University head women’s soccer coach Jim Conlon earned Division III Central Region Coach of the Year honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Conlon received the award for the second straight season. He led the Bears to the second No.

Club sports teams close fall seasons at nationals

December 05, 2013 | Alex Leichenger

Though the top-ranked Washington University women’s soccer team missed out on a travel opportunity to San Antonio for this weekend’s national semifinals, the women’s club soccer players had punched their tickets to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Soccer Championships Nov. 21-23 in Phoenix.

Men’s cross-country finishes fourth in nation, three Bears named All-Americans

November 25, 2013 | Alex Leichenger

Injury and sickness marred the Washington University cross-country rosters at the NCAA Championships Saturday in Hanover, Ind. Yet the women’s team matched its national ranking, and the men’s squad attained a point total that would have tied for last season’s national title. Three All-Americans drove the efforts.

Swimming sweeps team titles at Illinois Wesleyan Invitational

November 25, 2013 | Alex Leichenger

Winning eight of 12 events apiece, the Washington University swimming and diving teams both claimed first place Saturday at the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational. The women’s team routed its competition, with a point total of 172 well ahead of runner-up Augustana College, which had 102 points.

Cross-country teams gear up for NCAA Championships

November 21, 2013 | Alex Leichenger

Fresh off of their top-three finishes in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Nov. 16, the Washington University men’s and women’s cross-country teams have built up all season for this Saturday’s NCAA Championships in Hanover, Ind. Over the last several years, both the men’s and women’s squads have reached heights unprecedented in school history.

Cheadle wins individual regional championship, men’s and women’s cross-country teams qualify for nationals

November 18, 2013 | Alex Leichenger

Junior Lucy Cheadle became the first Midwest Region individual champion in Washington University history, and the No. 17 women’s cross-country team raced to third place Saturday in Rock Island, Ill. The No. 2 men’s team finished behind only No.

Wash. U. basketball teams open season on Saturday

November 14, 2013 | Alex Leichenger

Washington University’s basketball teams both kick off their 2013-14 seasons on Saturday. Here’s what to expect from these two highly ranked teams: Women’s basketball The Breakdown Returning their top nine scorers from a squad that advanced to the third round of the 2013 NCAA tournament, the Bears enter this season ranked No. 2 in Division III.

Swimming drops dual meet against UChicago

November 11, 2013 | Alex Leichenger

In its first road dual meet of the season, the Washington University swimming-and-diving team came up short against the University of Chicago Saturday. The women’s team won six of 16 events, falling 157-139 in the total point count. Junior Luke Dobben was the lone event winner for the men’s team, swimming a season-best 4:43.72 time in the 500-yard freestyle.

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