Volleyball Places Fifth at Collegiate Nationals

Diane Nordstrom


The University of Wisconsin volleyball team finished fifth at the Collegiate Nationals Beach Championship on Sunday in San Diego.

Texas won the team title with 14 points, downing San Diego, which finished second with 11 points. Defending champion Nebraska placed third with eight points while Southern California edged the Badgers by one point for fourth place.

“All of our teams had a great day,” said UW assistant coach Colleen Bayer, who traveled with the team. “Everyone had a really great time and loved their experience. It made the whole spring worth it for the team.”

Three of the UW teams won their pools. The team of Nikki Klingsporn and Brittney Dolgner won Flight B with a 2-1 win over Geena Urango and Mychaela Miller from Southern California and a 2-0 win over Leslie Mansfield and Jeannette Abbott from Clemson.

In Flight C, the team of …


Texas Takes Two

Kiley Hall & Ashley Engle

CN Staff

April 20, 2008



Football is not the only sport where the University of Southern California and the University of Texas have met in legendary championship contests. Ashley Engle and Kiley Hall of Texas defeated Taylor Carico and Jessica Gysin of USC in the 3rd Collegiate Nationals Beach Volleyball Championship today from Mariner’s Point in San Diego, CA.

The pair of Longhorns defeated the Women of Troy 21-9, 21-12 to win the 2008 Collegiate Beach Volleyball championship as part of the third annual Collegiate Nationals, a first of its kind event that crowns national champions in 11 events. The volleyball tournament, showcasing the nation’s top women’s collegiate volleyball players, was staged by CBS College Sports Network, along with the American Volleyball Coaches …


Neubauer New Champion

CN Staff

Point Loma Nazarene’s Chris Neubauer had one last chance to win the Collegiate Nationals Flowboarding Championships. The senior failed to make even the semifinals of the 2007 contest, but what a difference a year makes. Buoyed by an entire cheering section, Neubauer out-flowed the other five finalists and left the Wave House $1500 richer.

Results from the 2008 Collegiate Nationals Flowboarding Championships:

Team Champions:

1 Mesa (100 pts)

2 SDSU (95 pts)

3 PLNU (83 pts)

4 USD (44 pts)

5 USC (26 pts)

6 UCSB (18 pts)


Individual Champions:

1 Chris Neubauer, Point Loma Nazarene

2 Brian Crecely, San Diego State

3 Jeff Ranta, San Diego State

4 Andy Gold, Mesa

5 Trevor Kelly, Mesa

6 Tyler McIntyre, Mesa


Semifinal Results

Semi 1

1 Tyler McIntyre, Mesa

2 Brian Crecely, SDSU

3 Jeff Ranta, SDSU

4 JoJo Roper, SDSU

5 Nate Cadieux, PLNU


Semi …


O Canada!

Raymond Ayala

There were a lot of people who attended the Saturday finals of the Collegiate Nationals Eating Championship, but no one stood out like Furious Pete Czerwinski’s cheering section. That raucous crowd helped the amateur eater from Canada win his first ever eating championship.

There were seven contestants in Saturday’s finals; four were chosen from colleges around the country, while the other three earned their spot at the Friday’s qualifiers.

#1 Christian “Muscox” McCarthy (Kentucky), #2 “Iron” Pete Czerwinski (McMaster), #3 Carey “Powerhouse Poehlman (Montgomery Country CC), #4 Brian “Eatin” Keaton (Maryland), #5 Darrin “D Money” Wolff (San Diego City), #6 Ryan “Big Mac” McMillan (Mesa) and #7 Chris “Scary Spice” Hanson (Grossmont/SDSU) all competed in the competition.

Their opponent was a Wave House platter, which consisted of a hamburger, a hot dog, and a handful of fries. The contestants had to knock off as many plates as possible …


They’ve Had a Bellyful

Tums, please.

The 12 men and one woman who stuffed as many french fries in their mouths as fast as humanly possible had, at times, that familiar look people get at the Thanksgiving table. They groaned. They burped. And they went back at it.

But this was no holiday feast. This was sport. A chance for the Big Time – or the Big Enchilada, if you will.

They were chewing and swallowing and burping and holding back possible regurgitation for a shot to go to the first-ever Collegiate Nationals Eating Championship, to be held today at Mission Beach.

The four finalists at last night’s qualifying event at RT’s Longboard Grill in Pacific Beach will now compete against each other and four of the top collegiate eaters from throughout the nation. The event, along with other Collegiate National competitions, such as volleyball, will even be on TV, on …


Huskers Head to San Diego

NU Media Relations


The Nebraska volleyball teams wraps up the spring portion of its schedule on Sunday, as they head to San Diego for the Collegiate Beach Nationals this weekend. This event, in its third year of competition, brings six of the nation’s top teams to the West Coast for a day of competition. The event, which is coordinated by AVP Tour and the AVCA, begins at Mariner’s Point in San Diego at 10 a.m. (central) with semifinals and finals taking place later that day.

The six teams involved in the 2008 event include the Huskers, USC, Texas, Wisconsin, Clemson and the University of San Diego. The teams are in two three-team pools, with Texas and San Diego joining the Huskers in their side of the bracket. One change from this year from previous years is that the tournament is a team event, as four teams from each …


Top Volleyball Players Storm the Beach

Texas practices on the beach

Raymond Ayala

There is only one event in volleyball that takes the best collegiate volleyball teams and has them showcase their beach skills against top competition. That event is the Collegiate Nationals Beach Volleyball Championship, and it arrives in San Diego today.

#1USC (3rd in AVCA poll), #2 Nebraska (5th in AVCA poll), #3 Texas (6th in AVCA poll), #4 Wisconsin (14th in AVCA poll), #5 Clemson (22nd in AVCA poll), and #6 San Diego (25th in AVCA poll) will all be participating in this event and are practicing all day at the game day site Mariner’s Point.

Unlike other Collegiate Nationals championships, the athletes participating in this event are also NCAA athletes. Many of the players have won numerous awards over their collegiate careers on the hard court, including Taylor Carico (USC), Brittany Dolgner (Wisconsin) and Jordan Larson (Nebraska). These athletes were all 2007 …


Crowning a Collegiate National Chomp

Michael Hiestand

Most student-athletes who play college sports, as NCAA ads reminded viewers relentlessly on CBS during the men’s basketball tournament, don’t go on to play pro sports.

Instead, they perhaps compete for the camaraderie. Or, maybe, to carry on the ancient Greek ideal of the healthy body and healthy mind. Or they’re preparing themselves for greater tests: The battle of Waterloo, in a saying attributed to the Duke of Wellington, “was won on the playing fields of Eton.”

So it makes sense that, finally, there will be a made-for-TV collegiate eating championship. It will be staged Saturday in San Diego as part of the CBS-owned Collegiate Nationals, which also includes surfing in machine-made waves.

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Four Local Eaters Qualify for Final

CN Staff

Friday night’s for feasting – French fry feasting, to be specific. Drinks were flowing and food was flying at RT’s Longboard Grill in Pacific Beach, CA for the inaugural Collegiate Nationals Eating Championship. 13 collegiate food warriors with dreams of a $1000 cash purse gathered to chow their way through two-pound plates of French fries.

Arnie “Chowhound” Chapman, the Commissioner of Eating, was on hand to welcome the co-eds to the ranks of competitive eating. Wearing a “Food Warrior University” sweatshirt, the Chowhound solemnly explained the Eaters’ Oath: no chipmunking; no mashing, mushing, mutilating, or otherwise desecrating the food; no unhappy returns. Respect the food.

And with those words of wisdom, they were off, plowing their way through plate after plate of French fries.

Competitors were divided into three heats, with the top four overall times advancing to Saturday’s finals.

Darrin “D Money” Wolff of San Diego City …


Chewing through competition

Jonathan Pitts, Baltimore Sun

He seemed a normal lad growing up in central New Jersey – quiet, studious, a bit of an appetite perhaps, but no predilection for superhuman feats.

Then he saw the TV show that changed his life.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” says Brian “Eatin'” Keaton.

He was watching the hot-dog-eating competition at Nathan’s Famous Coney Island on the Fourth of July seven years ago. That was when Takeru Kobayashi, a slender Japanese native, shot to fame by gorging himself on 50 hot dogs to win the contest. He went on to win the title five more years before finishing second last year to another world-record eater, Joey Chestnut of California.

“I was so impressed,” Keaton says. “I was inspired.”

A junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, Keaton can’t quite say what it was – the cheers of the crowd, Kobayashi’s unyielding …