Division III Rewind
The following is a summary of Division III news from the week of March 24-28:
The Division III Working Group on Membership Issues ended its discussion of creating a new NCAA division or subdivision to address growth in Division III, recommending instead that the NCAA adopt a more broad-based approach in responding to the Association’s continuing growth. The working group, which last fall suggested creating a new division or subdividing Division III in anticipation of divisional growth to 480 members by 2020, made the decision after reviewing preliminary results from a membership survey that asked for opinions about restructuring, among other questions. The survey’s results will not publicly be released until April 9, after an Association-wide working group established by the NCAA Executive Committee to study membership issues also has an opportunity to review the findings. But members of the Division III panel characterized the degree of opposition to the restructuring recorded in the survey as consistent with the level of opposition that was expressed during an NCAA Convention discussion of the working group’s proposal.
The division’s winter championships wrapped up last weekend, highlighted by undefeated Howard Payne’s victory in the Division III Women’s Basketball Championship. The Lady Yellow Jackets, 33-0, are only the fifth unbeaten Division III women’s national championship team and the first since Washington U. in St. Louis in 2000. On the men’s side, it was Washington-St.Louis -- led by Troy Ruths’ 33 points -- that emerged as the victor in the Division III Men’s Basketball Championship.
Three other championships also were decided last weekend, including the Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, where Kenyon extended its record for consecutive titles by winning its 29th straight team championship. The division also crowned ice hockey titlists, with St. Norbert winning the Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship on the historic ice of Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York, beating Plattsburgh State. However, Plattsburgh State’s women also were winners, as the Cardinals won their second straight Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship title.
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