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Division III Rewind

Jun 27, 2008 2:00:00 AM

The NCAA News

The following is a summary of Division III news from the week of June 23-27:

  • Teams seeking selection to Division III championships soon may have even more flexibility in meeting the in-region competition requirement under a recommendation from the Division III Championships Committee to count competition between conference teams as in-region. The recommendation, which would benefit geographically large conferences whose members compete in different regions, follows other recent actions that have given institutions more flexibility in meeting the requirement that 50 percent of a team’s opponents must be scheduled within its own region. Even while proposing additional flexibility for in-region scheduling, the committee also is continuing to explore requiring teams seeking berths in individual/team championships in men’s and women’s cross country, golf and tennis to schedule at least 25 percent of their competition against in-region opponents.

    Two schools announced the addition of varsity programs. Rochester will elevate its women’s rowing club team to varsity status next season -- making rowing its 23rd sponsored sport. Also, Shenandoah plans to promote men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams that have been competing for the past two years at the club level beginning in 2008-09. That school, which now sponsors 20 sports, also announced that its field hockey team will compete in the Middle Atlantic States Athletics Corporation’s Commonwealth Conference beginning in 2009.
  • Willamette cross country student-athlete Sarah Zerzan won the Honda Athlete of the Year Award as the top woman student-athlete in Division III after winning back-to-back individual Division III championships in 2006 and 2007.  She is one of three repeat cross country champions in the women’s championships’ 27-year history.
  • Rachel Anderson of Illinois Wesleyan is this year’s College Division Academic All-America of the Year in women's track and field and cross country and leads the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams selected in those sports by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Anderson led her team to this year’s Division III women’s indoor track championship and an outdoor co-championship. On the men’s side, Fritz Nugent of Redlands became the first repeat College Division Academic All-America of the Year in the sports. Nugent won the long jump at last month’s outdoor championships after winning the decathlon in 2007.
  • Two Division III member institutions are adopting new names. Villa Julie in Maryland has changed its name to Stevenson University, and Tri-State in Indiana will become Trine University August 1.

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