Quiz bowl champs

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Answer: “What is depth jump?” That’s the only answer that eluded the Exercise and Health Science students who recently dominated a regional American College of Sports Medicine Jeopardy-style quiz bowl.

Kennesaw State University EHS students Erin Gainey, Christine Wood and Karletta McCoy will represent the Southeast Chapter at the competition held during the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in May. The team earned the honor of representing the Southeast Chapter after soundly defeating 20 other quiz bowl teams from across the region. Teams are made up of three undergraduate students, and the competition tests their knowledge in the areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning and exercise testing.

“Our team didn’t miss a single question,” quiz bowl faculty sponsor Tiffany Esmat said. “They didn’t answer one question, ‘What is depth jump,’ but that didn’t hurt their score.”

The KSU team scored 43,800 points to win first place, followed by Virginia Commonwealth University with 10,000 points and Florida Atlantic University with 8,600 points.

“The success of the students is a product of their hard work and preparation and the instruction they have received by our faculty,” health, physical education and sport science department Chair J.C. Bradbury said. “I could not be more proud of the students and faculty involved with the quiz bowl team. They did not just win, they destroyed the competition, which included well-known prestigious universities in the Southeast. They sent a signal that KSU is not just an up-and-coming program in exercise science, but it has arrived.”

The KSU students will compete May 29 against 11 other regional teams in a bid for the national quiz bowl title.

“There’s a good chance we could win this,” Esmat said.

 

--Jennifer Hafer