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Athletic Training Quiz Bowl Team Repeats as State Champs

Winners in 2006, 2009 and 2010

January 26, 2010

Team members pictured from the left are Amanda Sabin, Daniel Allbaugh, Megan Vaughn and coach Larry Howard.

Team members pictured from the left are Amanda Sabin, Daniel Allbaugh, Megan Vaughn and coach Larry Howard.

Wilmington College’s Athletic Training Quiz Bowl team proved last year’s success was no flash-in-the-pan sensation when it repeated as the Ohio champion in the state competition held Jan. 16.

In fact, WC’s sports medicine program is approaching dynasty status as the Quiz Bowl team has captured state titles in 2006, 2009 and 2010. Last year’s team went on to win the Great Lakes District title and place seventh in the nation.

The team’s coach, Larry Howard, WC’s athletic training program director, said this year’s state contest was “especially competitive” as 20 colleges and universities — the most ever — participated in the Ohio Athletic Training Association Quiz Bowl Championship held at The Ohio State University.

“It came down to the wire with Wilmington and the University of Cincinnati in the final round,” he said, noting WC nipped UC 120,000 points to 118,000.

“After the success we enjoyed last year, everyone was gunning for us — the field clearly didn’t want us to win again,” he added. “It was much more competitive this year as teams were better prepared.”

Howard said the Quiz Bowl is formatted much like television’s Jeopardy! The two-hour competition features five questions in five categories and the questions get progressively more difficult.

Besides Cincinnati, the other finalists were Akron University and the College of Mount St. Joseph. Other participants included Ohio State, Ohio University, Toledo, Miami, Ohio Northern, Cedarville and Otterbein.

Wilmington fielded a completely new team as last year’s members all graduated. They include seniors Daniel Allbaugh, Amanda Sabin and Megan Vaughn.

The team will face champions from six other states at the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association’s District Quiz Bowl Championships March 12 in Detroit. Winners from the 10 district competitions will face off this summer for the national championship.

Howard noted the team members, along with all seniors and others in the AT program, had a chance to attend OATA’s athletic training symposium, which included a three-hour student workshop held prior to the Quiz Bowl.

WC’s Allbaugh was one of the two student presenters. He spoke on his research project, which is titled “Factors That Influence Students’ Graduate School Selection.”

With about 80 students in the program, athletic training is one of the largest academic areas at Wilmington College, as well as among its most prominent. It is nationally accredited through The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

WC’s athletic training seniors in 2009 passed the Board of Certification examination on their first try at a rate nearly twice the national rate. Indeed, a “phenomenal” 82 percent of Wilmington’s 2009 AT graduates succeeded on the comprehensive test last April. The national average on passing the first attempt is about 45 percent. In 2008 and 2009, WC’s students passed at a first-time rate of more than 75 percent.