NCAA News Archive - 2008
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Division III Rewind
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Following is a summary of Division III news for August 18-29.
- Former student-athletes from Division III institutions fared well at the Beijing Olympics, including Nick Symmonds, the seven-time NCAA champion from Willamette who advanced to the semifinals of the 800-meter run, and former Carleton cross country and track standout Phillip Dunn, who made his third Olympics appearance and finished 39th out of 61 competitors in the 50-kilometer race walk. Another former student-athlete, Bates’ Andrew Byrnes, helped Canada win a gold medal in rowing as a team member in men’s eights. At least three other former Division III student-athletes (including two who weren’t mentioned in The NCAA News’ August 25 article about Division III Olympians) also competed in Beijing. Fencer Tim Morehouse, who competed at Brandeis from 1996 to 2000, also was a medalist, bringing home silver as a member of the United States sabre team. “We’re extremely proud of him and we like to think we helped him a little bit along the way,” said Brandeis fencing coach Bill Shipman. Two former Division III track student-athletes represented their native countries at the Olympics. Roman Cress from St. Thomas (Minnesota) represented the Marshall Islands in the 100-meter dash and Lehman graduate Nabie Fofanah ran for Guinea in the 200-meter dash.
- Kelly Roggensack, a member of the women’s cross country team at Franciscan University of Steubenville, died in a van crash that also injured six student-athletes. She was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle and was returning from a practice run with teammates from the Baron men’s and women’s cross country teams when the vehicle swerved from a highway and plunged down a wooded hillside. More than 350 students, faculty, staff and friends gathered at the college’s Christ the King Chapel following the accident for a candlelight vigil.
- Six current members of Gallaudet’s women’s volleyball team and a student-athlete from Rochester Institute of Technology are members of the United States team that claimed the bronze medal at the first-ever World Deaf Volleyball Championships. The team was led by Gallaudet head coach Lynn Ray Boren and also included six former Bison players.
- Nomineesare being sought for a vacancy on the Division III Strategic Planning and Finance Committee.