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Quiz Team Told: ‘Go Big or Go Home!’

Exercise Physiology Students Win Jeopardy-Style Competition

From left, back row,  faculty coaches Cynthia Ferrara and Danielle Day with student Katelyn McMahon, the team alternate; front, students Rachel DeBlois, Connor Ryan and Adam Potts.

12/02/2009
By Karen Angelo

Four UMass Lowell Exercise Physiology students won the sixth Annual New England American College of Sports Medicine College Bowl competition, beating 15 universities and colleges in New England. 

The competition, set up like the Jeopardy quiz show, tested the knowledge of undergraduate student teams on physiology, anatomy, nutrition and pathology.

As difficult as the rapid-fire questions were, the UMass Lowell team members of Rachel DeBlois, Adam Potts, Connor Ryan and alternate team member Katelyn McMahon, all seniors, kept their cool and won.

“Some of the questions were pretty tough,” says Ryan.  “I credit this win to our professors, who prepared us, and the strength of our exercise physiology program. So many students in our class could have participated and done the same thing. I sincerely mean it when I say that our class is an intelligent and driven bunch.”

The students had to know their field of exercise physiology but they also had to quickly learn how to wager and strategize just like a Jeopardy pro.

“Taking a risk at the end definitely paid off. As we heard from Dr. Day right before the last round, ‘go big or go home!’” says DeBlois referring to Asst. Prof. Danielle Day.

The team, coached by Day and Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Ferrara, both of the Physical Therapy Department, will now compete with the rest of the country in the national College Bowl in May. 

“The College Bowl is a great event for students,” says Ferrara.  “It not only tests the students’ knowledge, it also allows them to meet students from other universities and have fun.”