College Bulletin 2016-2017 
    
    Apr 16, 2024  
College Bulletin 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education and Athletics


Courses  


Faculty

ADAM HERTZ, Director of Physical Education and Athletics

NNENNA AKOTAOBI, Associate Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator

KAREN BORBEE, Professor

MICHAEL L. MULLAN, Professor

TODD ANCKAITIS, Head Coach/Instructor

PETER CARROLL, Head Coach/Instructor

HARLEIGH CHWASTYK, Head Coach/Instructor

RENEE CLARKE, Head Coach/Instructor

RENEE L. DEVARNEY, Head Coach/Instructor

ROBERT FISK, Head Coach (part time)

LAUREN FUCHS, Head Coach/Instructor

PAT GRESS, Head Coach/Instructor

LANDRY KOSMALSKI, Head Coach/Instructor

JEREMY LOOMIS, Head Coach/Instructor

MATTHEW MIDKIFF, Head Coach/Instructor

ERIC WAGNER, Head Coach/Instructor

JIM HELLER, Head Coach (part time)

MARIAN FAHY, Administrative Assistant

SHARON GREEN, Administrative Assistant


 


The aim of the department is to contribute to the total education of all students through the medium of physical activity. We believe this contribution can best be achieved through encouraging participation in a broad program of individual and team sports, aquatics, physical fitness, and wellness. The program provides an opportunity for instruction and experience in a variety of activities on all levels. It is our hope that participation in this program will foster an understanding of movement and the pleasure of exercise and will enhance, by practice, qualities of good sportsmanship, leadership, and cooperation in team play. Students are also encouraged to develop skill and interest in a variety of activities that can be enjoyed after graduation.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Program is comprehensive, including varsity with teams in 22 different sports: 10 for men and 12 for women.

Ample opportunities exist for large numbers of students to engage in intercollegiate competition, and those who qualify may be encouraged to participate in regional and national championship contests. Several club teams in various sports are also organized, and a program of intramural activities is sponsored.

Requirements and Recommendations


Students are encouraged to enjoy the instructional and recreational opportunities offered by the department throughout their college careers. As a requirement for graduation, all non-veteran students, not excused for medical reasons, are required to complete 4 units of physical education by the end of their sophomore year. In addition, all students must pass a survival swim test or complete one-quarter of aquatics instruction.

Students who enter Swarthmore as transfer students can either apply transfer PE units toward the 4-unit physical education requirement or opt for a reduction in the PE requirement based on the student’s transfer status, but transfer students cannot both transfer PE units and receive a reduction in the requirement. The optional reduction in PE units depends on the transfer class of the student. Transfer students who enter Swarthmore as sophomores can opt to complete 3 units of physical education and pass a survival swim test (a reduction of 1 PE unit). Transfer students who enter Swarthmore as juniors can opt to complete 2 units of physical education and pass a survival swim test (a reduction of 2 PE units).

Courses offered by the department are listed subsequently. Credit toward completion of the physical education requirement will also be given for participation in intercollegiate athletics, as well as PE Dance Courses, which are semester-long courses. Credit will also be given for participation in approved club sports and student activity groups. The approved club sports are as follows: fencing, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, men’s volleyball and men’s badminton. The approved student activity groups are as follows: aerobics, aikido, capoeira, folk dance, swing dance, tango, squash, men’s soccer and Quidditch.

Under ordinary circumstances, physical education credit will not be awarded for independent study.

Physical Education and Athletics Courses


Fall


  • Advanced Weight Lifting
  • Bowling
  • Cardio Tennis
  • Core Ball Training
  • Fitness Training
  • RAD (Rape, Aggression, Defense)
  • Step Dance Aerobics
  • Swimming for Beginners
  • Swimming for Fitness
  • Swimming for Intermediates
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Walk, Jog, Run
  • Wellness Seminar
  • Walk, Jog, Run
  • Wellness Seminar

Spring


  • Advanced Weight Training
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Core Ball Training
  • Fitness Training
  • Pilates
  • RAD (Rape, Aggression, Defense)
  • Step Dance Aerobics
  • Swimming for Beginners
  • Swimming for Fitness
  • Swimming for Intermediates
  • Tennis
  • Walk, Jog, Run
  • Wellness Seminar
  • Yoga

PE Dance Courses


These courses are offered through the Dance Department. See the Music and Dance: Dance  section of the course catalog and the Swarthmore College Schedule of Courses and Seminars for fall and spring PE dance course offerings.

Intercollegiate Athletics


Fall


  • Men’s Cross Country
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Men’s Soccer
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Volleyball

Winter


  • Badminton
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s Swimming
  • Women’s Swimming
  • Men’s Indoor Track
  • Women’s Indoor Track

Spring


  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Women’s Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Men’s Outdoor Track
  • Women’s Outdoor Track