Four San Diego State University students teamed up as strangers the other weekend to win the 2013 American Collegiate Intramural Sports (ACIS) Fitness National Championships. This is a huge event that draws teams of four (two women and two men) from ten different national schools who compete in four different events. This year the competition was held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
While other competing schools held tryouts to form their teams, the SDSU team was formed by Aimee Orozco, who reached out within the ARC to find three other teammates. Mike Nguyen, Jack Waddell and Lindsay Miller rounded out the Aztec’s winning team. The teams were all put up for the weekend at the Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn and Suites on Shelter Island for the entire weekend. They were also provided with free meals and a shuttle to and from the Olympic training center each day.
The event itself was held on Saturday and consisted of four very different and grueling events. The first event was a Navy Seal Obstacle course, which was followed by a BMX race and a Beach Volleyball match. The day concluded with a huge team tug-o-war competition. The winners were determined by totaling all of the team times together for each event. After the SDSU team tallied all of their times together, they achieved a final score of 68. This gave the Aztecs a four point lead over all of the other teams! Teams from Baylor and Cornell tied for second with 64 points each. The competition was supported with great sportsmanship from each team which allowed the competitors to make friends from all around the country!
Aimee described winning the 2013 ACIS Fitness National Championships as, “a once in a lifetime opportunity and an experience that will never be forgotten.”
Full coverage of the 2013 ACIS Fitness National Championships will be aired on FOX College Sports sometime in the middle of May, so be sure to check your TV schedule and catch the Aztecs taking home the gold!
By: Kayla Heaviside