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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Athletics


Dec

9

Basketball Falls to Emmanuel (Mass.), 85-59
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior forward Molly Phillips (Cranston, R.I.) scored 14 points to lead the Simmons College women's basketball team in an 85-59 loss to visiting Emmanuel College (Mass.) this afternoon in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest at Moore Gymnasium. The Sharks...

Dec

7

Phillips Nets Career-High 23 in 54-50 Loss at Massachusetts College
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Junior forward Molly Phillips (Cranston, R.I.) scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Simmons College women's basketball team in a 54-50 loss to host Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this evening at Amsler Campus Center in North Adams,...

Dec

3

Swimming & Diving Earns 14th Straight GNAC Championship
BOSTON, Mass. – The Simmons College women’s swimming & diving team won its 14th straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship and the Norwich University men won the inaugural GNAC crown this evening at the Holmes Sports Center Natatorium on the...

Dec

2

Swimming & Diving Leads GNAC Championship After Day One
BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Aine Scholand (Albuquerque, N.M.) and senior Michaela Morris (Duxbury, Mass.) each captured a pair of first place finishes to lead the Simmons College women’s swimming & diving team on Day One of the 2017 Women’s Great Northeast Athletic Conference Swimming &...

Dec

2

Career-Efforts from Silva, Carroll Lead Basketball over Host Anna Maria, 70-52
PAXTON, Mass. – Senior forward Presley Silva (Wilmington, Mass.) (20) and junior guard Rebekah Carroll (Londonderry, N.H.) (12) each recorded career-highs in points to lead the Simmons College women’s basketball team to a 70-52 victory over host Anna Maria College...

Nov

29

Basketball Falls at Clark, 62-35
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Simmons College women's basketball team was defeated by host Clark University, 62-35, this evening at the Kneller Athletic Center in Worcester, Mass. The Sharks fall to 0-4 on the season, while the Cougars improve to 4-1.

Nov

21

Silva Leads Basketball in 66-47 Loss at Wellesley
WELLESLEY, Mass. - Senior forward Presley Silva (Wilmington, Mass.) netted a game-high 18 points to lead the Simmons College women's basketball team in a 66-47 loss to host Wellesley College this evening at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse in Wellesley, Mass. The Sharks fall to...

Nov

20

Summers Named GNAC Women's Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week
WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College’s Haley Summers (Hudson, N.H.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week for the week of November 13-19, it was announced today by the league. She is the...

Nov

18

Basketball Falls in Vassar Tip-Off Tournament Consolation to Wellesley, 68-39
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Junior guard Francesca Corsinetti (Johnston, R.I.) netted 12 points to lead the Simmons College women's basketball team in a 68-39 loss to Wellesley College in the consolation game of the Vassar Tip-Off Tournament at the Athletics and Fitness Center in...

Nov

18

Erichsen Scores 27 Points to help Lead Swimming & Diving over University of New England, 216-72
BOSTON, Mass. – Junior Jason Erichsen (Banks, Ore.) won three individual events for the second straight week to lead the Simmons College women’s swimming & diving team to a 216-72 victory over visiting University of New England this afternoon at...