The CMS-ence of the Athenas/Stags

Welcome to our new video feature, "The CMS-ence of..." in which we profile senior student-athletes with a short video question and answer session about their collegiate careers ... athletically and academically. With three colleges and two mascots, CMS is arguably the toughest athletic department in the country for branding, but to the degree that there's a singular brand identity around CMS, it is the consistently high achivement of our student-athletes both on an off their playing surfaces. Athletically, five different CMS athletic teams have won national titles in the last three years, while the athletic department as a whole has won the SCIAC all-sports trophy 30 times, and finished third nationally in the Learfield Director's Cup last year. Academically, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Scripps represent three of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, and our student-athletes are constantly taking advantage of the many opportunities that their education provides for them.

This feature was created to give our seniors a chance to personally discuss some of the things they have accompished over their four years, while also showing their contributions to the CMS "brand" of high achievement (their "CMS-ence", if you will). The cumulative effect of these profiles will also hopefully give a wide cross-section of the various ways our student-athletes are leaving their mark in the Claremont community in their different fields of study, while excelling on both sides of the "student-athlete" hyphen. 

Scroll down for some thumbnail capusles of our subjects so far, and click on their names to learn more about The CMS-ence of: 

Ryan Kusch (Men's Basketball, HMC - Computer Science): A member of two SCIAC champion men's basketball teams, Kusch has interned the last two summers at Google, while working on his senior Capstone Project at Harvey Mudd with Intuit. 

Ellery Koelker-Wolfe (Women's Basketball, CMC - Biochemistry): A part of three regular season SCIAC championships, Koelker-Wolfe spent this summer conducting cancer research at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California, developing ways to help the human immune system fight cancer cells.

Torrey Hart (Women's Swimming and Diving, CMC - Media Studies/American Studies): A top-10 finisher in the 1650 (eighth) at the 2018 SCIAC Championships and a part of a SCIAC Championship team as a sophomore, Hart spent this summer working at Yahoo Sports in Los Angeles covering Major League Baseball, spending time in the clubhouses and press boxes at both Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium. 

Matilda Msall (Women's Cross Country, Scripps - Politics): A member of four SCIAC Championship cross country teams, Msall spent this summer interning on Capitol Hill with Illinois congressman Mike Quigley and is involved with several extra-curruricular activities around campus, including serving as the interview editor for the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy. 
Benjamin Iten (Men's Cross Country, HMC - Engineering): A member of the West Region co-champion men's cross country team, Iten interned in the sports division at the Intel Corporation in Portland, helping to design technology that will one day making the viewing experience for sports fans more immersive.

Jackson Tate (Football, CMC - Biophysics): A two-year captain on the SCIAC champion football team, Tate spent this past summer at a laboratory in Memphis performing mock surgeries for medical research. 

Brenden Brown (Football, HMC - Engineering): Another memner of the SCIAC champion football team, his research on the tissue engineering of corneas at Harvey Mudd gave him the opportunity to present his work at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Conference, which was held in Davos, Switzerland last summer. 

Malea Martin (Women's Cross Country, CMC - Literature and Government): A four-time SCIAC Champion and All-West Region runner, Martin is actively involved with several non-profit organizations on campus and off campus, including United Way, the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and Amnesty International.

Aidan Johnson (Men's Soccer, CMC - Government): An All-West Region midfielder and a government major at Claremont McKenna, Johnson has interned with Oregon senator Jeff Merkley's office in the summer of 2016, the U.S. Senate in 2017 and with the U.S. House of Represntatives in 2018. 

Sydney Talmi (Women's Soccer, CMC - Neuroscience): An All-SCIAC starting center back and a neuroscience major at Claremont McKenna, Talmi is working on her senior thesis quantifying axon termination in relevant areas of the rhesus monkey brain.