Hope College October 2013 : Page 11
Pull ’13 winners T The Swim he Black River isn’t a particularly inviting swimming hole where temporarily bridged by the Pull. Make no mistake, the forested site itself is beautiful, and on a sunny September afternoon reflects West Michigan at its early autumn best, but the water, well, it’s muddy. On Pull day, it’s nonetheless a highly anticipated destination. Across the event’s three grueling hours, not to mention the weeks of preparation preceding the contest, each class is hoping to make the celebratory leap into the waiting waters. The sophomore Class of 2016 earned the reward this year, besting the freshman Class of 2017 by 15 feet on Saturday, Sept. 28. It was a first win for the Class of 2016, which had lost to the Class of 2015 the year before. The sophomores wore blue wrist bands to honor their classmate Andrew Holbrook, a member of the team last year who sustained a serious head injury in an automobile accident in August and is now in physical therapy full-time as he recovers. A friend also face-timed the last 25 minutes of the event so that Andrew could watch. Andrew is the son of the Rev. Taylor ’80 and Cathleen Bast ’82 Holbrook of Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Top photo: the sophomores celebrate their win. Second row: left, Nicholas ’06 and Katherine wright ’06 DeKoster and children Lincoln and redford, who are also in Even-Year attire; right, siblings Abigail and Jackson Allen, children of Kerri Langerak ’99 Allen and husband matthew, wear their future class-year colors. Third row: left, freshman moraler Amber Baker of Houston, Texas, and puller Caleb Goodman of East Lansing, mich.; right, sophomore moraler Lindsay Lehman and anchor Luke wisniewski. A gallery of nearly 80 images from this year’s pull is available online. hope.edu/pr/gallery June 2012 October 2013 11
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