Black Penguins: on the march

Senior Ryan Logan is guarded by junior Matt Van Dyke as junior Ryan London attempts to get around sophomore Nick Geever. Logan, VanDyke, and London are in their third year with the Penguins, while Geever is in his second. Photo by Olivia Zimmer

By Caleb Williams

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a penguin is a flightless aquatic bird. According to Olivet senior Ryan Logan, a Penguin is a person who “loves to play competitive Frisbee.”

The Black Penguins are Olivet’s travel Ultimate Frisbee team. Logan said the team began three years ago after he and his brother, who helped start an Ultimate Frisbee team at Wheaton College (Ill.), came up with the idea the summer before Logan’s sophomore year.

The team has always been close, but after playing together for two seasons, they are even closer.

“We are like a fraternity that enjoys being around each other,” junior Ryan London said.

The Penguins started recruiting at the Ultimate Frisbee event during Ollies Follies. They then began practice mid-September.
Now with a roster of 17 men that includes eight returning players, the Penguins are ready to make an impact in the Ultimate Frisbee world. They have set their eyes on making a return to the Division III National tournament after failing to return last year.

But while the team is technically in Division III of the USA Ultimate College Division, the Black Penguins do not just play small schools. The team will also face teams from big schools like Michigan State, Purdue and University of Miami-Ohio.

The Penguins travel throughout Illinois, Indiana and Ohio to enter tournaments in order to compete against as few as 11 schools to more than 60 schools. Tournaments typically take place over a weekend and teams may play

This fall, the Penguins are only in one tournament, which takes place on the weekend of Oct. 23, but they said it was still be very beneficial for the team.

“We want to see what we have as a team,” senior David Picone said.

The Black Penguins still have openings for anyone who would like to play. Picone, Logan and London said that anyone interested in trying out could contact Logan at rlogan@live.olivet.edu.

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