Al Akhawayn Swimmers Win 12 Medals in Turkey



Ifrane, June 4, 2012 – Al Akhawayn University swimming and water polo teams attained outstanding results in Boðaziçi University's International Sports Fest held on May 18-22, 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey. 

One hundred universities - among which Al Akhawayn University - from over 30 countries participated in the “2012 Sports Fest”. 

This is the third time that Al Akhawayn has participated in this international tournament, achieving every time an excellent performance. This year, business student Soumaya Berrada (‘14) won a total of 6 medals: two gold in the 50- and 100-meter backstroke, and four silver in the 50-, 100-, and 200-meter freestyle, and in the 200-meter medley. Business student Zineb El Koudia (‘14) won 4 medals: two silver in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke, and two bronze in the 200-meter medley and the 100-meter butterfly. In the category of team competition, Al Akhawayn swimming team was ranked 3rd, with a bronze medal. Al Akhawayn's water polo team also won the bronze medal. 

“The Festival's program included several competitive sports gatherings," said Adel Kamane, Director of Athletics at Al Akhawayn University. "The event was also a great opportunity for our students to engage in intercultural exchange.” 

Al Akhawayn University offers its students a diversity of sports programs. Athletics is one of the major components of Al Akhawayn's liberal arts approach to a well-rounded education for its students. Student athletes take part in different sports competitions nationally and internationally. Every semester, the Athletics Department honors and awards all graduating outstanding athletes. The latest ceremony was held on May 7, 2012. 

"I spent a great semester playing sports at Al Akhawayn," said Dak Kibler, an international visiting student from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and member of Al Akhawayn's official soccer team in Spring 2012. “Before coming to Al Akhawayn, I was not sure about my expectations as far as campus life is concerned; but I quickly realized that the environment was very welcoming of international students and accommodating to their needs, especially the Athletics Department.”