By: Julie Laugel and Maria Adams
Grand Canyon University senior Cheyenne Archuleta and sophomore Tyler Lowell have been chosen as the November GCU Club Sports Student Athletes of the month.
Both athletes use their multi-sport backgrounds to help them excel in their sport while balancing work, school and social lives as college students.
Cheyenne Archuleta: Club Running
Growing up as a multi-sport athlete, GCU Running Club senior Cheyenne Archuleta initially took up running on her own time to become a more well-rounded athlete.
“I recognized that – to be better in the other sports I was playing – I needed to be faster,” said Archuleta. “So, I began running on my own.”
The result was more than just improved speed and stamina. Archuleta soon gained an interest in the competitive side of running itself, and eventually brought her talents to the Lopes where she has been a model student-athlete.
“She is a very responsible, intelligent young lady,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Kimberly Weeldreyer. “She is a really good role model and team player.”
Archuleta is earning a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine, and after graduating she hopes to attend medical school. She currently has a 3.71 GPA and has maintained the academic requirements for the President scholarship throughout her time at GCU.
Being a member of the Honors College has been a highlight of Archuleta’s college experience. It has allowed her to participate in the Professional Development Boot Camp and the Pre-Health Graduate and Medical School Preparation Program.
Archuleta also fills her time with extracurriculars such as Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) and volunteering at the Wickenburg Community Hospital in her hometown.
While embarking on a senior year for any student-athlete can be bittersweet, Archuleta does not plan on hanging up her running shoes anytime soon. She hopes to complete a marathon after graduating.
“As my coach likes to say, ‘Running is a lifestyle,’” said Archuleta. “I believe this to be true as well.”
Tyler Lowell: Club Water Polo
As a high school freshman, after quitting football and wrestling due to their high risk of injuries, Tyler Lowell was looking for another sport that could challenge him while also being potentially less dangerous.
Enter water polo.
“I felt lost because (training for football and wrestling) was what I did all the time,” said Lowell, now beginning his first year as the Lopes’ Water Polo Head Coach. “I was looking for something else that could be rigorous and challenging, and I saw a couple of my friends playing water polo. They said it was the hardest sport that you will ever play.”
Although a difficult transition, Lowell quickly became accustomed and joined the water polo team at Los Osos High School, one of the top water polo schools in Southern California, as a sophomore. Joining the Foothill Water Polo club team and putting in extra hours before and after practices then paid off with a promotion to varsity at LOHS, and a captain’s spot with one of Foothill’s top teams.
His relentlessness earned him athletic scholarship offers from universities across the country, but wanting to stay close to home, the Rancho Cucamonga, California native chose GCU and joined the GCU Club Water Polo team.
Unfortunately, after a few weeks with the team, a career-ending shoulder injury forced Lowell to find other ways to stay involved. Few freshmen would even consider becoming the coach of the team at that point.
It made perfect sense to Lowell, though.
“I like structure in the way that I coach and the way that I run my team, and there wasn’t a lot of that last year,” said Lowell. “I wanted to develop a new culture amongst the team and show them that this is what a good team looks like.”
Lowell models his coaching style after multiple international coaches, including one from Germany that instilled his favorite quote: ‘It’s not about how hard you work. It’s about how smart you are about working hard.”
His workload reflects that: water polo coach, student (an Entrepreneurial Studies major), consultant at a local fitness center, involvement in the Latino Student Union on campus, increasing connectivity with God, and the desire to one day open his own international real estate brokerage.
All in a day’s work.
“I didn’t think it was going to be as challenging,” said Lowell. “Working full time, being a student, and coaching is a lot on my plate, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”
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