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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Aug

2

Lacrosse Lands Three on 2017 IWLCA Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll;Sharks Named an Honor Squad
GRAND LAKE, Colo. - The Simmons College women's lacrosse team was named a 2017 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Zag Sports Honor Squad in addition to juniors Kasey Fries (Bridgewater, Mass.), Kiera Kirkaldy (Middlebury, Vt.) and Jolene Potter (Readfield, Maine)...

Jul

28

Tennis Earns ITA All-Academic Team Award; Johnson, Medici Named Scholar Athletes
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Simmons College women's tennis team received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team award, while sophomore Michelle Medici (South Portland, Maine) and first year Marissa Johnson (Norwell, Mass.) each earned Scholar-Athlete recognition, it was announced by the...

Jun

21

Swimming & Diving Posts Sixth-Highest GPA in Division III to Earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Honors
NORFOLK, Va. - The Simmons College Swimming & Diving squad was named a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association after posting the sixth-highest grade point average among NCAA Division III programs following the Spring semester,...

Jun

15

Simmons Places 84 on GNAC All-Academic Team
WINTHROP, Mass. - Simmons College placed 84 student-athletes on the 2016-17 Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Academic team to lead all league members with the most student-athletes named, who competed on a women's team, it was announced today by the GNAC.

May

24

Friedman to Play for Team USA at 20th World Maccabiah Games
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Simmons College women's soccer player Tasha Friedman (Phoenix, Ariz.) has been selected to compete for the Maccabi USA Open Women's Soccer Team at the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18 in Israel, it...

May

12

Crew 2V8 Places 2nd in 3rd Level Finals at National Invit. Rowing Championship
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Simmons College crew team's Second Varsity Eight turned in a spirited finish to place second in the Third Level Finals of the National Invitational Rowing Championships today on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The regatta was...

May

10

Fries, Bragg, Giarrusso, Williams Earn GNAC Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Honors
WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College’s Kasey Fries (Bridgewater, Mass.) was named to the First Team, while Elena Bragg (Belmont, Mass.), Ana Giarrusso (Hingham, Mass.) and Lauren Williams (Bowdoinham, Maine) were all tabbed to the Third Team by the Great Northeast...

May

8

Del Vacchio Named to GNAC Softball All-Conference Third Team
WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College’s Lauren Del Vacchio (Murrieta, Calif.) has been named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Softball Third Team, it was announced today by the league.

May

7

Lacrosse Falls at Johnson & Wales, 19-5, in GNAC Championship
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The sixth-seeded Simmons College women's lacrosse team was defeated by host top-seeded Johnson & Wales University, 19-5, this afternoon in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship at Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex in Providence, R.I. The Sharks finish...

May

6

Softball Ends Season with 6-3 loss to St. Joseph's (ME) in GNAC Tournament
BOSTON, Mass. - The eighth-seeded Simmons College softball team's season ended with a 6-3 loss to number two seed Saint Joseph's College (Maine) this afternoon in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at Daly Field in Brighton, Mass. The...