WELLESLEY, Mass. - Simmons College will join the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as an associate member in the sport of women's rowing, the league announced on Wednesday. Simmons will become the conference's seventh women's crew program and will compete in the NEWMAC championship beginning in 2013.
Simmons joins current NEWMAC institutions Clark University, the United States Coast Guard Academy, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Wellesley College and WPI in sponsoring women's rowing. With seven teams, the NEWMAC will now be eligible to receive an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III championship.
NEWMAC President and Mount Holyoke Athletic Director, Laurie Priest, welcomed Simmons to the conference, saying "We are delighted to have Simmons College join our ranks as an associate member for the sport of women's rowing. 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 membership provides Simmons student-athletes the opportunity to compete against some of the finest NCAA Division III women’s rowing programs in the country," Simmons Director of Athletics, Ali Kantor, remarked.
"As Director of Athletics, I know opportunities such as this are a platform to further excellence," Kantor continued. "I am excited to see Simmons rowers provided this outstanding experience and we are honored to be a member [of the NEWMAC]."
This year's NEWMAC championship will be held at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. on April 20. Wellesley College captured its second-straight league title in 2012, winning the Varsity 8 race as well as the Florence Smith Cup, given to the team with the most overall points in the four championship events.
About the NEWMAC: The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is an association of ten selective academic institutions that are committed to providing high quality competitive athletic opportunities for student-athletes within an educational and respectful environment that embodies the NCAA Division III philosophy.
About Simmons College: Simmons College (www.simmons.edu) is a nationally ranked university located in the heart of Boston with a history of visionary thinking, a focus on leadership development, and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, library and information science, social work, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.