Three Culver student-athletes were recognized as the February Athletes of the Month.
CGA: Beatrice Verrechia
Beatrice Verrechia ’17 (Firenze, Italy) has been the women’s foil captain for the past two years and compiled a record of 21-1. This year, she was the Great Lakes Conference champion and Indiana state champion in women’s foil.
She also placed first at the Culver U-20 Regional, second at the Northwestern University U-20 Regional, and was named a USA Fencing High School All American. Her accolades have drawn the attention of Temple University, Penn State University, and the University of Notre Dame.
Coach Matt Cameron, “Bea’s drive to become a better fencer is denied by no one,” coach Matt Cameron said. “Her national-level growth and commitment to improvement has caught the eye of many of the top-10 Division-1 schools. Bea’s a grinder and truly is a fencer’s fencer.”
CMA: Manzona Bryant
Manzona Bryant ’20 (Columbus, Ohio) finished the season with a record of 35-4. Wrestling at 132 pounds, Bryant was the sectional champion, regional champion, sixth and placed sixth at the Indiana State Finals. There were more than 300 132-pound wrestlers in the state.
Bryant followed his high school tournament run with a state championship at Indiana State Wrestling Association’s folkstyle tournament at 145 pounds about three weeks later.
According to Coach Matt Behling, “Manzona’s perseverance was an inspiration to his team this season, and his physical and mental toughness set a high standard among his teammates. Culver wrestling can expect Manzona to make many more trips to the podium during his career.”
CMA: Forrest Baumgartner
Forrest Baumgartner ’18 (Plymouth, Ind.) completed his swimming season as sectional champion in two events and breaking his old records in each event in the process.
He was the sectional champion in the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley, which qualified him for the state meet in Indianapolis. He broke his 200 IM mark at the sectional, going 1-minute, 59.79 seconds. He broke his 100 butterfly record at the state meet, swimming 52.97 in the preliminaries.
According to CMA swimming coach Josh Brown, “Forrest is a leader in the pool. He encourages the guys through warmups, he keeps the team together through practices, and he helps his teammates perfect their technique. He’s also got a contagious energy that helps pull his teammates through the challenging workouts.”