July 24, 2012
Simmons College has joined the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as an associate member in the sport of women's rowing, and will compete in the NEWMAC championship in 2013, the league announced.
As the seventh women's crew program in the conference, which includes teams from Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, Clark University, WPI, and the United States Coast Guard Academy, NEWMAC will now be eligible to receive an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III Championship.
"This membership provides Simmons student-athletes the opportunity to compete against some of the finest NCAA Division III women's rowing programs in the country," said Simmons Athletics Director Ali Kantor. "I am excited to see Simmons rowers provided this outstanding experience and we are honored to be a member of the NEWMAC."
At one point during their 2012 season, the Sharks were ranked No. 10 in the nation in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Division III poll. Eight varsity rowers were also named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Athletes in 2012.
NEWMAC President and Mount Holyoke Athletic Director, Laurie Priest, welcomed Simmons to the conference.
"We are delighted to have Simmons College join our ranks as an associate member for the sport of women's rowing," she said. "Most of our NEWMAC women's programs compete against Simmons on a regular basis and adding them to the conference strengthens the opportunities available for all of our student-athletes."
This year's NEWMAC championship will be held on April 20 at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Wellesley College remains the defending league champion after capturing its second straight league title in 2012.