Athlete Profile

Changing Tides: How Devin Bunner’s transfer to WashU reinvigorated his love of swimming

“I noticed that was the first time I was smiling behind the blocks,” Bunner, who transferred to Washington University this fall, said. “Because those are my teammates. Those are the people who accepted me and I just get to get up and race them.”

| Junior Sports Editor

“We are 19 teams, but we are one family”: Student-athletes support each other through a new SAAC-led initiative

“I think we’re really trying to push an idea that, like, we’re 19 teams, but one family and we’re part of one whole large community,” SAAC Co-President and senior golfer Caraline Oakley said.

| Staff Writer

All-American Sam Buckley talks building off a thunderous volleyball freshman season

While freshman college athletes sparsely play their first year, Sam Buckley isn’t like most. Last year for the women’s volleyball team, Buckley was named All-UAA First Team and UAA Rookie of the Year. She also helped power the team to a 30-6 record and second round appearance in the NCAA tournament.

| Staff Writer

Three ACL tears later, Maggie Brett is WashU’s leading scorer

Senior Maggie Brett, soccer’s leading scorer, tore her three ACLs. In her first full season for WashU, she’s been a key part of the Bears’ offense.

| Managing Editor

Entering a different gear: varsity softball players Emily Talkow and Alex Rubin cycle across America

4,500 miles. 147,000 feet of climbing. 100 days on a six-member biking crew.

| Contributing Writer

Caleb Durbin got drafted in 2021. Now, he’s raking in the minors

Durbin is currently playing in high A for the Rome Braves, and his batting average has slowly climbed over the past month.

| Managing Sports Editor

Athlete of the Week: Sam Weaver dishes on building a team dynamic and leading a young team

A sophomore from Apex, North Carolina studying global health and Spanish, Samantha Weaver has become an integral member of the Washington University women’s basketball team this season.

| Senior Sports Editor

St. Louis native Kristina Schmelter looks back on playoff run and the year to come

The Washington University women’s basketball team made it to the Elite Eight last season before falling to the top seed in the NCAA playoffs. I sat down with St. Louis native Kristina Schmelter, one of the team’s two seniors, to talk about her experience on the team and what she expects from the year to come.

| Senior Sports Editor

AOTW: Talking academic excellence and playoff preparation with Katy Mockett

Katy Mockett has started all but one game in the last two years for the Washington University women’s soccer team. Ahead of Saturday’s first round playoff matchup with Maryville University in Tennessee, I sat down with Mockett to discuss how she balances academics and soccer as well as her mentality heading into the playoffs.

| Senior Sports Editor

Athlete of the Week: Connor Mathes looks back on leadership, competition and leaping saves

Men’s soccer’s goalkeeper, senior Connor Mathes, began his college career over three years ago at Division I Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Now Mathes, who is from Overland Park, Kansas, is preparing for his final regular season game as a Washington University Bear.

| Senior Sports Editor

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