A Page -- April 10, 2012 -- AM Edition

Heewon Kwon

Rewriting the Rules; Into Korean That Is

For one glorious January, first-year lacrosse player Heewon Kwon managed to do what her peers only dream, err, hope to do most days: sleep for school credit. One happily groggy day after another her mother would ask, “Why are you sleeping so much?”

“Mom,” she rebutted, “this is kind of, like, an experiment…for my research project.” And that’s how you get to what endears Kwon to her coach the most, what Coach McDevitt calls her, “undercover funny.”

And to think this academic napper was one Lasik surgery away from accepting an offer to join the US Naval Academy instead of Oberlin.

But if you ask around, what you’ll hear aren’t tales of her falling asleep in class or snoozing on the sideline.

“She’s a really hard worker,” says Coach McDevitt. “She’s very appreciative of the opportunity to be here. Even being a freshman, what sets her apart is her maturity and her work ethic.”

“When freshmen come in they’re not really sure of themselves, but I think that Heewon really does kind of set herself apart.”

And not just on the field, but in the classroom as well. You see, she wasn’t just sleeping for school last winter.

“[Last] December, I asked the professor of my first-year seminar [Patty deWinstanley] about winter term and she said I could help her do research on sleep and memories while at home (in Seoul). It was a really big group project, we were reading an article everyday and posting comments on blackboard.”

“Some of it was really difficult to understand, but I learned a lot about sleep and memory. It was really cool.”

But that’s not all she did.

“Well, I also wanted to do some lacrosse-related stuff, so I went to our Korean association for lacrosse and asked the co-head if there was anything I could do, and he said I could translate the IWCCA Umpire Reference Manual (into Korean). There wasn’t an official Korean one.”

The manual, over 100 pages of detailed diagrams and small font, looks to the untrained eye like it belongs in a box with the game Mousetrap. I took a nap after struggling through the table of contents, so it’s no wonder she slept so much.

Did her friends think she was crazy for essentially taking on two winter term projects at once?

“I thought I was crazy!” she said. “But it was really good. I’m thinking of majoring in psychology, so that was kind of the academic part, and translating [the manual] was kind of the athletic part.”

Hmmm. Student-athletes doing one project for school and another for their sport? I hope none of the coaches are reading this, for their players’ sakes. Besides, doing that extra work probably didn’t help once the floodgates of early February opened, right?

“Actually, it helped a lot. I was doing work right up until the semester started.”


Her coach, for one, was more than impressed when she heard how Heewon spent her winter term.

“It was amazing, I didn’t even know she was doing that over winter term. [It shows] her passion for lacrosse and her willingness to get better. To know how hard it is for us to read this book, to interpret this book, and then for her, which English is her second language, to translate that into Korean? I was blown away when I heard about what she did, just mesmerized.“

And according to Coach McDevitt, her writing abilities aren’t limited to tiresome manual translations.

“We do a lot of check-ins with players, just personal check-ins. You know, how’s life, how’s school, things like that. [At first] she didn’t open up as easily. So I did a lot of check-ins with her and found out she has written a couple of novels. She sent me a couple of her short stories, they’re all in Korean so she translated them. That was really something exciting to get to know about her.”

It seems that her sleepy winter term efforts have translated into on-field results for the women’s lacrosse team, a team playing with confidence as it enjoys the best start in school history.

“Sports give women confidence, “Coach said. “Being able to compete on a field gives them more confidence to compete in the classroom. I think her experiences here have opened her up personally to be more sharing. Most of my younger kids, what they lack is confidence. Sports have really done a great thing for her and given her some avenues outside of the field over on campus to kind of spread her wings a little bit.”

And so it was that Kwon politely excused herself from our interview, gathered her books, and walked over to a table of friends. I grabbed my stuff and slowly walked past them hoping to catch a snippet of what she was saying to them.

“What was your interview about?” they all asked. She turned, glanced at me for a moment with a big, bright smile, and looked back at them.

“Lacrosse, it was for lacrosse.”

Mount Union sweeps Case Reserve

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union softball team earned a pair of wins over Case Western Reserve—7-0 and 11-5—Monday afternoon at 23rd Street Field in Alliance. The 11 runs scored and 15 base hits in the second game were season-highs as senior Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) earned a pair of victories for the Purple Raiders.

Mount Unio (12-16, 2-6 OAC) never trailed in either game, taking a 1-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning of Game 1 when sophomore Marissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) singled to score freshman Kaylah Nieschwitz(Canton/St. Thomas Aquinas).

Junior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) got a four-run 5th inning started with a leadoff home run. FreshmanLeigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South) added a two-run home run of her own later in the inning and sophomore Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green) scored on a double by Brenna Longo (Moon, Pa./Moon) to take a 5-0 lead. The Raiders scored two more runs in the sixth inning on a single by Siedlak.

Willis (6-7) scattered three hits over seven innings in recording her second shutout of the season. She also had six strikeouts while walking just two batters.

Mount Union got balanced hitting in Game 2, which was its best of the season in terms of runs (11) and hits (15). Nine Raiders had at least one hit and six Raiders had at least one RBI in the victory.

The Raiders took advantage of a Spartan error with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning to score a pair of runs on a single by Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton). A two-run home run by freshman Amy Brown(Uniontown/Green) capped a four-run 2nd inning to take an early 6-0 run.

Starting pitcher Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) was then replaced after throwing two scoreless innings by freshman Michelle Stiltner (White Lake, Mich./Lakeland). Stiltner allowed five runs before Willis came in to record the final out of the inning and maintain a 6-5 advantage.

Freshman Hannah Kopack (Westlake/Westlake) and Siedlak each drove in a run in the bottom of the 4th and Nieschwitz, Earl, and Kopack added RBIs in the 5th inning for an 11-5 lead.

Five Raiders—Earl, Brown, Kopack, Carmichael, and Nieschwitz—had two RBI in the game. Carmichael had a team-best 3 hits. Kaeleen Boden led the way for Case with two RBI.

Willis threw the final 4 1/3 innings of the game to earn the victory. The tying run was on third base when she entered the game and managed to get out of the jam with the one-run lead intact. She added five more strikeouts for a day's total of 11 1/3 scoreless innings pitched and 11 strikeouts.

Mount Union resumes Ohio Athletic Conference play when it visits John Carroll on Wednesday at 3:30 pm.

B-W Thrower Zach Marinucci Has Been Selected the OAC 

Male Field Athlete of the Week

BEREA, OHIO -- Junior thrower Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) has been named today (Monday, April 9, 2012)as Ohio Athletic Conference Male Field Athlete-of-the-Week . This marks the second career weekly honor for Marinucci and his second of his junior season as well as his first career outdoor accolade.

Marinucci earned his weekly honor by winning the shot put with a throw of 53-feet and three-quarter inches (53’0.75”), placed second in the discus at 157’2” and second in the hammer with a season-best throw of 159’7” at last Saturday’s Marv Frye Invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.

The track and field teams are back in action this Saturday, April 14 when it travels back to Delaware to participate in the 2012 All-Ohio Championship Meet at Ohio Wesleyan University. Field events begin at 10:00 a.m. and running events start at 12:30 p.m.

Junior Erika Lim Garners Third UAA Player of the Week Laurels

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University No. 1 women's tennis player Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union), on the heels of producing a perfect weekend on the courts, has been selected as the University Athletic Association Player of the Week for the third time this year for her role in three dual victories, announced the league office on Monday.

Her third weekly Association honor this spring and fifth of her career, Lim recorded an unblemished 3-0 mark at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles during a 3-0 weekend for the Spartans. Competing at the Central Region Shootout at Oberlin College, Lim led the 16-2 Spartans to wins versus Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association foes Hope College, Kalamazoo College and Albion College. Lim did not drop a set in singles action and did not allowed an opponent over three games during any singular set. She also teamed with freshman sister Alexandra Lim for wins of 8-1, 8-3 and 8-0 in the top flight of doubles.

Via her trio of individual singles victories, Erika Lim improves to 20-6 overall this season with a 15-3 mark in dual matches. This past fall, she became the first player in school history to advance the title match of the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional Championship.

This coming Saturday, Case travels to University Athletic Association foe the University of Chicago (Ill.) for a tri-match featuring three regionally-ranked teams. The Spartans will square off with Washington University-St. Louis, ranked No. 3 regionally, at 11:00 a.m., before turning around to play host Chicago, the Central region's top-ranked team, at 4:00 p.m.