ARLINGTON, Va. – In honor of the Veteran's Day holiday on Monday, Marymount University athletics is taking time to celebrate some of the members its staff, current student-athletes, or alumi that are members of the military and veterans.
Veteran's Day is a day to recognize those who have served our country and to reflect on the heroism and sacrifices made by those who have died in that service. Please take a moment today to celebrate these members of the Marymount athletics family and all others that served for the United States.
Ryan Wildenhain, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance
Wildenhain is in his fifth year at Marymount, being promoted to his new title, this year. He currently oversees Athletic Training and Strength & Conditioning for the Saints, while serving as the Sport Administrator for baseball, men's basketball, and women's basketball.
From 2003 until 2007, Wildenhain was a member of the United States Air Force, serving as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman and HVAC/R Apprentice. During his time with the Air Force, he was hand selected for supplemental deployment to Kwang Ju Air Base, Korea while deployed at Kadena Air Base, Japan. He was honorably discharged in the fall of 2007.
"I credit the Air Force for engraining the characteristics necessary for me to be successful in the collegiate athletics setting," Wildenhain said. "In addition, I continue to apply the Air Force core values (Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in all that I do) to all facets of my life."
Mary Catherine Treuting, Women's Soccer
Treuting completed her senior with the women's soccer team in the 2019 season, playing in 43 games and making 25 starts over the past four seasons. She finished her career with three points on one goal and one assist.
She is currently enlisted in the United States Army and is a member of ROTC.
"I chose to join the Army, not, to begin my own legacy, but to honor my parents and other relatives who have served in their respective branches. Since joining ROTC, I have been pushed mentally and physically at trainings, learned to lead others from the front, and become mentally tougher and more willing to take on any challenge," Treuting said. "It definitely has not been easy juggling soccer, ROTC, and school; however, my teammates and coaches have been beyond supportive in my pursuit to become an Army Officer. Thank you to all the support I have received from everyone in the Marymount Athletic Department, as well as thank you to all the veterans who have served, I cannot wait to serve you."
Jessie Bricker, Women's Swimming
Bricker is currently swimming in her senior season with Marymount. In the past four years in the pool with the Saints, she has finished in the top five 54 times. Last season, she was honored with All-Atlantic East first team selections in four events and a second team selection on one event.
Bricker is currently a member of the United States Army ROTC and has been since her freshman year. She plans to commission into the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Officer in May.
"Since joining ROTC my freshman year I have grown as a leader and overall as an individual. Being apart of ROTC hasn't been easy, especially when trying to juggle commuting to Fairfax multiple times a week, different class schedules, being a STEM major, and being a student athlete, however, it has been completely worth it," Bricker said. "ROTC has been a huge part of my college experience. It has forced me to time manage from the very beginning and to constantly develop myself as a soldier and a leader. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to serve and be apart of the greatest military in the world, and I am thankful for the men and women who have served before me, paving the way, so that I might have this opportunity."
Chase Goodwin, Men's Cross Country
Goodwin was a member of the Marymount men's cross country team from 2017 to 2018, earning second-team All-Atlantic East during the 2018 season. He finished 12th in the Atlantic East Championship in 2018, running in a time of 32:24.90.
He is a member of the United States Marine Corps and, between 2011 and 2015, was deployed in Afghanistan, Jordan, Okinawa, and Morocco.
Dylan Gerdts, Baseball
Gerdts was a four-year member of the Marymount baseball from 2015 to 2018, making 43 appearances on the mound. He made 33 starts in his career with a 4.53 earned-run average. Gerdts pitched over 200 innings for the Saints and had three complete games and seven wins.
Gerdts recently enlisted in the United States Army over the summer as an Officer.
Thank you to these individuals, as well as, all of the members of the military and veterans for their service!