Ronnie Bennett

Ronnie Bennett '18 on Rowing Crew

What are you studying at Simmons?

I'm majoring in nursing and minoring in biostatistics.

What drew you to your major?

The idea of nursing came to me during my junior year of high school when I realized that I have a passion for helping people. At that time — and still today — I could not sit still and feared having to work in a cubicle. I attended an Allied Health program during my senior year in high school where I was able to go into the hospital and observe nurses performing their work in various medical specialties. I would love to be a part of researching new therapies and cures to improve healthcare and the quality of life for people.

How did you get involved with rowing crew?

I started rowing when I was a freshman in high school when my school created a crew club. I wanted a spring sport to stay in shape for swimming because that was my main sport at that time. I had a great first season of rowing, kept improving each year, and eventually swimming became the sport to stay in shape for crew. On my recruitment visit to Simmons, the crew team accepted me like I already belonged, and I knew it was the right team to join. 

Tell us about competing in the Head of the Charles.

It's the biggest regatta in the world! The Simmons Crew team likes to call it “Rower’s Christmas” because it's accompanied by a strong energy similar to the holidays.

Competing in Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a privilege and real treat for me. The HOCR is a classic and prestigious rowing event, and it's hard to get an entry. Entries are earned by placing top half in the event the year before or by basically pulling teams from a hat. Teams come from across the globe and it's a big honor and a lot of fun to be a part of that. The whole 6,000 meters of the course are filled with vendors and fans. There is never enough time to take it all in, I wish the event lasted the whole week!

How do you balance being a student athlete?

As I write this at midnight before my clinical rotation tomorrow, I admit that it can get difficult at times. I realize I'm more productive when I'm busy. The demanding mental and physical requirements of nursing and rowing respectively balance each other well by keeping me disciplined and focused. I set academic and athletic goals that I work for each day. I keep working at them to be the best I can be at both.

What's your favorite sports moment in your Simmons career?

The spring of my first year when we won our first race! It was at the Clark Invitational in Worcester, MA. It was one of my first times rowing there and in that line up of rowers. The entire race was painful and I couldn’t breathe. We had a fast start and could see the other boats already. We executed our race plan and by the end, we had “open water” (lots of space) between us and the other boats. After the race, when the pain died down and we could talk again, we hugged and said congrats to each other. That was a fun time and it created the basis of excitement for the team at that venue.

What's your Simmons moment?

I have a Simmons moment almost every day around 6:00 a.m. when I see the breathtaking sunrise behind the Boston skyline. During that time the colorful light shines on me as I work hard rowing with my friends. I love how each sunrise is different from the other which keeps it special and brings a unique day with many possibilities.

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Feb

19

Scholand Named GNAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for Third Time
WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College’s Aine Scholand (Albuquerque, N.M.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for the week of February 12-18, it was announced today by the league. 

Feb

19

Soraghan Named GNAC Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week for Sixth Time
WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College’s Maria Soraghan (East Hampstead, N.H.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Rookie of the week for the week of February 12-18, it was announced today by the league.

Feb

18

Swimming & Diving Wins 2018 NEISDA Championship; Scholand Named Swimmer of the Meet
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Sophomore Aine Scholand (Albuquerque, N.M.) broke her third meet and school record in as many days and was named the Swimmer of the Meet in leading the Simmons College women's swimming & diving team to its first-ever New England Intercollegiate...

Feb

18

Giraldi, Leedham Break School Records;Swimming & Diving Sends 12 to Day Four's NEISDA Championship Final
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Senior Natalie Giraldi (Bedford, N.H.) and first year Anna Leedham (Lowell, Mass.) each broke a school record and the Simmons College women's swimming & diving team saw 12 swimmers advance to the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association Championship Final following the...

Feb

17

Soraghan Leads Swimming & Diving in Day 3 Finals of NEISDA Championship;Sharks Hold 2nd Place
KINGSTON, R.I. -- First year Maria Soraghan (East Hampstead, N.H.) won the 200-yard freestyle final to lead the Simmons College women's swimming & diving team this evening on Day Three of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Championship at the Tootell Aquatics...

Feb

17

Basketball Falls Short at Albertus Magnus, 69-68
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Senior forward Presley Silva (Wilmington, Mass.) scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Simmons College women's basketball team fell just short in a 69-68 loss to host Albertus Magnus College in a Great...

Feb

17

Scholand Breaks Another NEISDA/School Record; Swimming & Diving Sends Eight to Day Three Finals
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Sophomore Aine Scholand (Albuquerque, N.M.) obliterated the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association and Simmons College school record for the 1000-yard freestyle to lead the women's swimming & diving team on Day Three of the NEISDA Championship at the...

Feb

16

Swimming & Diving in Second after Day Two at NEISDA; Scholand Breaks Meet & School Record in 500 Free
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Sophomore Aine Scholand (Albuquerque, N.M.) broke both the school and meet record in the 500-yard freestyle to help the Simmons College women's swimming & diving team to a second-place showing after the second day of the New England Intercollegiate...

Feb

16

Erichsen, Morris Break School Records, 11 Advance to Day Two NEISDA Championship Finals
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Two Simmons College women's swimming & diving records fell and 11 swimmers and a pair of relays teams qualified to compete in tonight's finals on Day Two of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association Championship at...

Feb

15

Swimming & Diving Wins 800-Freestyle Relay and Breaks Pool Record to Open NEISDA Championship
KINGSTON, R.I. -- The Simmons College women's swimming & diving team won the 800-yard freestyle relay and broke the pool record to open the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Championship at the Tootell Aquatics Center on the campus of host...