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HMC Strategic Vision in Action — Whole-person Development SPORTS SCORE POINTS FOR PERSONAL GROWTH AND BALANCE


Ancient Greek philosophers believed development of the body was every bit as important as development of the mind. However, HMC’s approach to athletics goes beyond this philosophy. HMC also seeks to nurture in students the qualities of leadership, confidence, community and more. “Swimming helped me become the person I am today,” said Jenni Rinker ’11. In November 2011, she was the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

inducted to (CMS) Wall of Fame, an hon-

or accorded to alumni with a final grade-point average of at least 3.0 and to those with first-team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) honors. Rinker, an SCIAC record-holder in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, also garnered All-American status in multiple swim events and was HMC Athlete of the Year in 2007–2008. “In my senior year, I had to learn to be a leader because, in-

stead of the way it was in the three years before where everyone was older than me and I looked up to them, now it was everyone looking up to me and the other seniors on the team,” she said. Rinker follows in the legendary footsteps of Patrick

Hagiwara ’68, who was inducted to the CMS Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. An engineering major, Hagiwara played on SCIAC Championship basketball teams in 1966 and 1967 (the

three-time letterwinner also played baseball). “Being part of a successful basketball team did wonders for my self-esteem,” he said. “Basketball provided the foundation for my ideas about teamwork and competition. “I learned that good teamwork is more than just filling your

role and ‘doing your job,’” Hagiwara said. “It’s also about helping others do their job. And competition is about the ability to adjust to changes.” Hagiwara found sports to be an important diversion from the

daily grind of study. So did Wall of Fame inductee and cross- country runner Kramer Straube ’11. “My HMC experience would have been much more one-

dimensional without sports,” said Straube. “Being able to compete in cross country gave me a good physical outlet that allowed me to both stay physically fit and meet other people at the other colleges that I would have been much less likely to meet in other ways. “Without the experiences in cross country, I would have

not been as outgoing and would have had a less well-balanced experience at HMC.” In addition to Rinker and Straube, cross-country runner

Georgi Dinolov ’11 was honored as a Wall of Famer. During 2011–2012, 47 HMC students participated in CMS athletics.

Sports provided a solid foundation for the careers of Patrick Hagiwara ’68 and Jenni Rinker ’11, both Claremont-Mudd-Scripps honorees.

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