Lewis & Clark student-athletes have displayed true determination, resilience and joy through the love of their respective sports. When their seasons come to an end, many find themselves missing it and eagerly awaiting the next one to come. Yet what happens when there is no next season? For many seniors, there are no more practices to go to, no more games to look forward to and no more offseason workouts to attend. After four years, their time as LC athletes has officially come to an end, leading us to wonder what this experience feels like.
Kassie Kometani ’19 was on the women’s swimming team and is from Hawi, Hawaii. She started swimming for LC during her first year and has been a First Team Northwest All-Conference Champion multiple times. She swims the freestyle race and holds the record for the second fastest time in the Northwest Conference. Kometani recently finished her last season on the swim team and reflected on the end of her college athletics career.
“It was definitely bittersweet,” Kometani said via email. “I felt ready to be done with swimming after a long career, but I know that I am going to miss being on my team. I was happy with what I accomplished by the end of the season so it was a good ending!”
Kometani also looked back on the worthwhile moments of being a member of the swimming team.
“I cannot imagine my LC experience without swimming,” Komentani said. “I have made lifelong friends on this team and most of my favorite memories revolve around the sport. It kept me busy, healthy and committed to my goals. I would not have done it any other way and I know the skills I’ve gained from the sport will carry on into my future.”
Kyle Owens ’19 was on the men’s basketball team, and hails from Los Altos, California. He has played for the basketball team all four years at LC and ended his career with a total of 780 points and 207 three-pointers. The basketball team recently finished up their 2019 season and Owens discussed how he felt about the end of his time participating in LC athletics.
“I definitely had mixed feelings,” Owens said. “I was sad that I could no longer practice and play with my teammates … I had gone through my four years at LC and I was looking forward to something new. I’m looking to play professional basketball after I graduate.”
To Owens, the end of playing at LC does not signify the end of his basketball career.
“For me, I don’t look at it as finishing playing sports or athletics,” Owens said. “For now my LC career is over, but I’ll always be connected to basketball and connected to sports. I will no longer be part of a college athletic community, but I hope to be a part of sports for the rest of my life. I’ll also miss the brotherhood I’ve created with my teammates and the other athletes on campus.”
Kortney Meyer ’19 is from Phoenix, Arizona and finished her time with women’s volleyball last semester. Despite missing her teammates, she is certain they are all destined for prosperous paths.
“(What) I will miss most is the relationships with the women on the team and getting to grind with them every day in the sport we love,” Meyer said. “But we are all moving in wonderful directions in our lives and are all going to succeed with what we do next.”