The Club Sports Program showcased 17 clubs for the 2018-2019 academic year. From these 17 student-led organizations, the program saw just over 500 active competitive members, over 800 unique club members (based on the CampusGroups Club Sports Membership Agreement), about 1,200 total participations, and over one hundred and eighty-four thousand hours (184,770) between practicing and competitions. All of these numbers have increased from previous years.
Over the course of the fall and spring semesters, teams in the Club Sports Program competed at a high level including on regional and national stages. These efforts were headlined by competing for Conference Titles, a Playoff Championship, and Regional Tournament Appearances.
Club Ice Hockey entered the season with one goal in mind: to win the league. After finishing just shy of the regular season title, the #2 seed Spartans got revenge against undefeated Denison in the playoff tournament. The graduating class is leaving having captured two CHE League Playoff Championships in their tenure (2016 & 2019).
Club Cycling rolled into one of their better competitive seasons in recent years. The CWRU squad took 1st place at the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC) ITT at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2nd place at the Criterium hosted by the University of Louisville, and 3rd place at the Road Race held at Bucknell University. All of their success led to a MWCCC Road Club Omnium 3rd Place Team finish.
Club Badminton, members of the USA Badminton Collegiate Club League (USABCCL) Penn-Ohio Conference, finished as Runner Up at the Yonex Eastern Collegiate Team Playoffs with wins over the University of Michigan, Northeastern University and fellow UAA rival University of Chicago.
Club Crew showed a lot of promise coming into their spring training trip in Gainesville, GA. After a long winter, the club was eager to get on the water. Their spring “regular season” went off with a bang! The club managed to capture multiple first place finishes at the University of Buffalo scrimmages and the SUNY Invitational. They also landed their 5th straight Hammer Ergatta (an indoor rowing regatta) Championship and claimed the title at the Home Schools Regatta.
Club Ultimate [Men’s A and Women’s] fought hard during their respective competitive seasons, capturing a few top-five finishes along the way. Each team finished high enough in the USA Ultimate Division I Ohio Valley Conference to advance to their respective Regional Tournaments, but neither team was unable to make it through to Nationals ahead of perennial powerhouses, Ohio State and Pittsburgh.
Club Volleyball [Men] came out swinging this year with aspirations to finish in the top half of the Penn-Ohio Volleyball League (POVL), and they did just that with an above .500 record in league play. Heading into the playoff tournament, the #4 seed made it through pool play, but ended up losing to the eventual champions. The team finished the tournament breaking seed and landing in 3rd place overall.
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 2018-2019 academic year, the Club Sports Program Staff met with a couple perspective organizations about joining the program, but none have formally applied for the 2019-2020 campaign.