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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Oct

18

Forde, Halle Lift Soccer over UMass Dartmouth, 1-0
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.- Junior midfielder Cíara Forde (Quincy, Mass.) scored the only goal of the match to lead the Simmons College women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth tonight at Cressy Field, in North Dartmouth, Mass....

Oct

18

Harberts Leads Volleyball over Emmanuel (Mass.), 3-1
BOSTON, Mass. – First year outside hitter Jarene Harberts (Naples, Fla.) posted a double-double of 16 kills and a career-high 19 digs to lead the Simmons College women’s volleyball team over visiting Emmanuel College (Mass.), 3-1 (25-11, 25-18, 28-30, 25-8)...

Oct

18

Tennis Defeats Albertus Magnus, 5-0, to Advance to GNAC Tournament Semifinals
BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Olivia Lakes (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Paola Rios (Miami, Fla.) each won a pair of matches to lead the third-seeded Simmons College women’s tennis team over visiting number six seed Albertus Magnus College, 5-0, this afternoon in the Quarterfinals of the...

Oct

17

Saltamartini Tallies Career-High Nine Points to Lead Field Hockey over New England College, 7-1
BOSTON, Mass. – Senior forward Julie Saltamartini (East Hampstead, N.H.) tallied a career-high nine points on four goals and an assist to lead the Simmons College field hockey team over visiting New England College, 7-1, this evening at Daly Field...

Oct

16

Fusco Named GNAC Women's Volleyball Libero of the Week Again
WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College’s Julia Fusco (Beverly, Mass.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Libero of the Week for the week of October 9-15, it was announced today by the league. The award marks the second straight week that...

Oct

16

McNamara Named GNAC Field Hockey Rookie of the Week for Third Time
WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College’s Lucy McNamara (Brewster, Mass.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Field Hockey Rookie of the Week for the week of October 9-15, it was announced today by the league. She has earned the award...

Oct

15

Nguyen, Johnson Pace Tennis over Suffolk, 6-3
BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomores Nickie Nguyen (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam/Saint Joseph Preparatory (Mass.)) and Marissa Johnson (Norwell, Mass.) were double-winners to lead the Simmons College women's tennis team over host Suffolk University, 6-3, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference dual match today on Daly Courts...

Oct

14

Soccer Falls at Johnson & Wales, 3-1
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- The Simmons College women's soccer team was defeated by host Johnson & Wales University, 3-1, this evening in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference match at Scotts Miracle-Gro field in Providence, R.I. The Sharks drop to 7-5-2 overall and...

Oct

14

Bohan Leads Cross Country at Seven Sisters Championship
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.- Junior Sarah Bohan (Guilford, Conn.) finished third overall to lead the Simmons College cross country team to a fourth place team finish this morning at the Seven Sisters Championship hosted by Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Oct

14

Field Hockey Edged by Saint Joseph's (Maine), 2-1
BOSTON, Mass. - The Simmons College field hockey team was unable to overcome a two-goal deficit in a 2-1 loss to visiting Saint Joseph's College (Maine) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest this afternoon at Daly Field in Brighton, Mass....