The Club Sports Program showcased 16 clubs for the 2017-2018 academic year. From these 16 student-led organizations, the program saw just over 400 active competitive members, over 700 unique club members (based on the OrgSync Club Sports Membership Agreement), 1040 total participations, and over one hundred and seventy-five thousand hours (175,511) between practicing and competitions. All of these numbers have increased from previous years. The success of the Club Sports Program is highlighted in the “Year In Review”.
Over the course of the fall and spring semesters, teams in the Club Sports Program often excelled at a high level including the regional and national stages. These efforts were headlined by competing for Conference Titles, a Division Championship, Regional and National Tournament Appearances.
Both sides of Club Ultimate [Men’s A and Women’s] fought hard during their respective competitive seasons, capturing multiple championships and top-five finishes along the way. Each team finished as the USAU Ohio Valley Conference Runner Up. Due to the structure of the tournaments, both teams advanced to their respective Regional Tournaments, but were unable to make it through to Nationals.
In their first year as members of the USA Badminton Collegiate Club League (USABCCL) Penn-Ohio Conference, Club Badminton, finished as Conference Runner Up and beat UAA rival Carnegie Mellon along the way.
Showcasing their new uniforms this year, Club Ice Hockey, finished their postseason as College Hockey East (CHE) Conference Runner Up, falling to perennial league powerhouse and undefeated Penn State Altoona 3 - 2 in the championship game.
Club Volleyball [Men’s] captured the Penn-Ohio Volleyball League (POVL) North Division Title this year. The Women’s side competed well in the multiple tournaments they participated in.
While navigating through rough waters, Club Crew, rowed to one of their best seasons in recent years. The Women’s 8+ finished first at the Head of the Hooch (Chattanooga, TN). At the MACRA Championships (Batavia, OH), the Women’s Varsity 4 won silver in the Grand Final, just 4 seconds behind Mercyhurst while the Women’s Novice 4 took home gold. The Women’s boats also showed well at Dad Vail (Philadelphia, PA) and at the ACRA National Championship Regatta (Gainesville, GA).
The Club Sports Program continues to grow in size, and plans to continue thriving in the areas of school spirit, sportsmanship and student development. Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, the Club Sports Program Staff met with multiple perspective organizations about joining the program, and we are proud to have Club Quidditch join for the 2018-2019 campaign!