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WC Wins State Athletic Training Quiz Bowl

Defeats Ohio State in Columbus

January 21, 2009

Wilmington College upset Ohio State University on the Buckeyes’ home turf in Columbus.

With quick hands on the buzzer and even quicker minds that correctly answered the most questions, a team comprised of three seniors majoring in athletic training won the 2009 State Quiz Bowl championship Jan. 17 at OSU.

WC, which last won the title in 2006, will advance to the district competition against other state champions this spring in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Under the guidance of coach/adviser Larry Howard, director of WC’s AT program, the team of Jackie Borda, Alex Rhinehart and Jesse Parthmore employed a strategy of aggressively taking an early lead and then playing defense.

“We got a few answers right and went into a defensive mode,” Howard said, noting their competition found themselves quickly down and tried to rebound by haphazardly buzzing to respond to questions of which they weren’t sure of the answers. In turn, they quickly amassed negative points.

Wilmington won with 3,600 points, followed by the University of Toledo with minus 800, University of Cincinnati with minus 900 and Wright State University with minus 1800. The four teams all won the initial round in the 16-team competition.

Howard said the Quiz Bowl is formatted much like television’s Jeopardy! featuring five questions in five categories. The questions get progressively more difficult.

“It’s run just like a TV game show,” he said. “We practiced on buzzing in quickly and answering quickly and correctly.”

Wilmington College was the smallest institution that is accredited in athletic training represented in the Quiz Bowl, however, with some 90 students majoring in AT, it hosts one of the state’s largest programs.

Howard took most of the program’s 26 seniors to the event, which was held at Ohio State’s football recruiting facility.

“The consensus among our students was they seem to know a lot more than students from other schools,” he said. “This recent success makes you feel good about the education they’re receiving here.”