ELON, N.C. - Guilford College's economics team featured four student-athletes in a strong second-place finish in the Regional Federal Reserve Challenge October 28 at Elon University. Mason Church (tennis), Tom Driscoll (lacrosse), Jacob Hymowitz (lacrosse), Jose Oliva, and Austin Seibert (football) competed under team advisor Robert G. Williams, Guilford's Voehringer Professor of Economics and chair of the Economics Department.
Appalachian State University finished first in the event. Elon University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Chapel Hill also participated. Of the teams, Guilford most noticeably outscored UNC-Chapel Hill, which has won the past two annual regional rounds prior to this year's competition.
Teams were scored by judges based on how well they demonstrated their understanding of monetary policy and the role of the Federal Reserve in its implementation through their presentation, teamwork and style.
Some of Guilford's team members have seen success as a part of Guilford's athletics as well. Driscoll and Hymowitz helped the Quakers' men's lacrosse to its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament appearance in 2015. Seibert played on the football team that tied for the top spot in the ODAC in 2014 and the 2015 unit that posted a school record nine wins.