NCAA News Archive - 2008
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Division III Rewind
The NCAA News
The following is a summary of Division III news from the week of March 17-21.
Salem, Virginia, will host its 50th NCAA championship beginning today when the Division III Men’s Basketball Championship tips off at the Salem Civic Center. Earlier this year, NCAA Champion magazine paid tribute to the city and innovations it has introduced as a host for championships, beginning with the 1993 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl to decide the Division III football title. “The driving force behind every one of the championships, going back to the first championship we hosted…was that we wanted this to be the best experience the student-athletes have ever experienced,” said Carey Harveycutter, a key figure in Salem’s championships involvement in his position as the city’s director of civic facilities. The semifinals tip off today at 5 p.m. (Eastern time) with Amherst vs. Ursinus followed by Hope vs. Washington U. in St. Louis. CBS College Sports will air the championship game at 4 p.m. tomorrow, followed by the Division III Women’s Championship game at 6 p.m. from Holland, Michigan.
- Utica surpassed the existing Division III record for average home men’s ice hockey attendance this season, drawing more than 2,700 fans per game. The Pioneers averaged 2,781 fans in 13 home dates at Utica Memorial Auditorium, topping the 1997 record of 2,495 fans at Elmira currently listed in the NCAA men’s ice hockey records book. The NCAA has listed an attendance record since 1996. The Division III hockey season wraps up this weekend with the women’s championships today and tomorrow at Plattsburgh State and the men’s championships tomorrow and Sunday at Lake Placid, New York.
- Kenyon won its 22nd Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships team title in 25 years last weekend, finishing more than 200 points ahead of runner-up Amherst to claim its second straight crown. It’s also Kenyon’s 50th team championship overall in the sport, combining victories by both men and women; the men are seeking this weekend to extend their record for consecutive championships to 29. Also claiming team championships were Illinois Wesleyan, which won its first women’s crown in any sport at the Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, and Wisconsin-La Crosse, which extended its record total of Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships victories to 14.
- Two Division III institutions have announced plans to add sports. Anna Maria will sponsor men’s and women’s men’s and women’s tennis and lacrosse beginning during the 2008-09 academic year, then will add football in fall 2009. Westfield State plans to resurrect the men’s golf program it discontinued 20 years ago and also sponsor the sport for women.