Intramurals: Quinn Storage using bond to dominate all-sport championship race
The house has at least 10 couches scattered about its rooms.
The University of Iowa students living there had to throw two out last month because there wasn't enough room to walk around in the eight bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens, and attic. A giant cardboard cut-out of a Monster Energy drink can sits in every bedroom, alongside either a PlayStation 3 or an Xbox 360 with the latest Call of Duty game ready to play at a moment's notice.
This is the house of the intramural championship's leading team, Quinn Storage.
"If we had hired a maid, she would have quit a long time ago," Quinn Storage player Jeff Moon said and laughed.
Nine members of the team live in the house on South Governor Street this year, the first year they've used the Quinn Storage name and tried for the intramural sports championship. The friends have gone by different team names in the past, but five of the housemates — all seniors — decided this year was the year to leave a mark in the history books.
"We played enough sports last year to do pretty well, but we didn't combine our team names," senior Zach Bodensteiner said. "One night, we decided to get this thing going and go all-out for our last year together. We used [teammate] Riley Quinn's dad's business as a team name so we could have matching shirts and 'Win for Quinn' on them. That's been our slogan all year."
Bodensteiner created a Facebook page for house members and other friends to see registration deadlines, game dates, and times. He estimates this year that at least 20 people have played under the Quinn Storage name; the group has had at least one player or team in every intramural event, from flag football to sit volleyball.
The commitment to playing every sport — and playing well — is paying off. According to the UI's intramural website, Quinn Storage has amassed 820 points this year; second-place Sons of Thunder has 525.
"We have a lot of fun," sophomore Ryan Rozeboom said. "One of the best things about being a part of this is going out for victory slushies after we win. It's a lot more fun than playing with random strangers."
The team's five seniors met as freshmen on the engineering floor of Daum Hall. Friends and housemates have come and gone since then. Quinn left the house last year after he got married; three people joined the group recently.
The memories the various Quinn Storage members have created while living together — and the friendships they've made — may come to an end sooner than they want. The players said the team "may fall apart" after this year; the five seniors are graduating, including most of the founding players, and the younger housemates aren't sure it will be possible to keep the team going.
But they say they don't mind too much. For now, their goal is to win the intramural championship. They want it for many reasons: a Buffalo Wild Wings gift card, the legacy and one last memory, and — most of all — to Win for Quinn.
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