Division III Rewind
Smith Director of Athletics Lynn Oberbillig won the election to serve as the next chair of the Division III Management Council, effective at the end of the 2009 Convention. Oberbillig, currently the Council’s vice chair, will succeed Del Malloy, commissioner of the New England Collegiate Conference. Council members also Daniel Fulks, faculty athletics representative at Transylvania, to succeed Oberbillig as vice chair.
Men and women swimmers and divers will compete together in a joint Division III championships event next March in Minneapolis, before returning to separate championships in 2010. Division III typically has conducted separate swimming and diving championships at the same site but in different weeks, with women competing a week earlier than the men. However, a lack of availability of viable sites to host the 2009 men’s and women’s championships over a two-week period prompted combining the separately scored men’s and women’s competition for one year only.
Polytechnic (New York) will continue to sponsor a Division III athletics program for at least a few years as it begins an affiliation agreement with New York University. A long-term plan, under which the school has changed its name to Polytechnic Institute of New York University, calls for a merger between the institutions. Until then, Polytechnic is committed to maintaining its main campus in Brooklyn and satellite campuses, and school officials say its athletics teams will continue to compete in the Skyline Conference.
Nominees are being sought from Division III institutions for a vacancy on the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Committee.
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