Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Record Participation in NCAA Sports

NOVEMBER 20, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  Record Participation in NCAA Sports

"More female student-athletes. More male student-athletes. More women’s teams. More men’s teams.
The annual NCAA participation rates study released today shows a record-high number of college students are taking part in NCAA sports. It also reveals colleges and universities continue to expand opportunities for their students to compete.
The number of student-athletes participating in NCAA championship sports across all three divisions climbed to 499,217 in 2018-19, the 17th consecutive year that number has grown. Meanwhile, student-athletes competed on a record-high 19,886 teams during the last school year."

>> Gender Gap: More men than women compete in NCAA championship sports, though the gap did narrow marginally in 2018-19. Men continue to make up 56% of college athletes, compared with women’s 44%.

>> The Bottom Line: In Division III, 58% of the division’s 193,814 student-athletes are men, compared with 42% for women.

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2.    Championship Preview

The Division III women's volleyball championship Elite Eight begins on Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Here is our look at the field.

(1) Emory (32-2) vs. (8) Clarkson (28-5), 1:30 EST
  • The defending national champion Eagles are led by senior OH Morgan McKnight (3.36 kills per set) and freshman S Cassie Srb, who is sixth in D-III in set assists (10.97). The Golden Knights turn to senior DS Kate Isaksen (6.13 digs per set) and senior MH Rachel Reusch (3.43 KPS). 
(4) Carthage (30-3) vs. (5) Bowdoin (21-7), 4:00
  • The Lady Red advance to the quarters for the first time since 2015 and is led by senior OH Megan Behrendt (2.95 KPS), the 2019 CCIW Player of the Year. Senior S Ellie LeCount was the regional MVP. The Polar Bears are also back for the first time since 2015. Bowdoin looks to junior OH/RS Caroline Flaharty who is the third player in program history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. Also keep an eye on sophomore MB Cori Gray, who averages 1.25 blocks per set.
(2) Johns Hopkins (32-0) vs. (7) Saint Benedict (26-5), 6:30
  • The Blue Jays are looking to become just the fourth undefeated team in D-III history. Junior S Natalie Aston, the region's Player of the Year, is ninth in the country in set assists (10.79). Hop tops the nation in team hitting percentage (.313) and is second in opposition hitting (.085). The Bennies provide double-trouble in twins Maddie and Hunter Weiss. Maddie leads D3 in blocks (1.75) and is second in hitting percentage (.418), while Hunter - the region's POY - is 10th in hitting (.399).
(3) Calvin (27-2) vs. (6) Trinity TX (36-4), 9:00
  • The Knights are led by senior MH Sarah DeVries - the region and MIAA Player of the Year - who is sixth in D3 in hitting (.413), ninth in kills (4.36) and 10th in blocks (1.21). Her mom - Betsy - was the MIAA MVP in 1992. Calvin is third in team hitting (.284). The Tigers look to SCAC MVP Avery Tuggle (3.16 KPS) and sophomore MB Emily Ellis (.416 hitting).

Semifinals: Friday, 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. EST
Final: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

>> Rosters, Schedules, Statistics and more

3.  All-Americans 

Congratulations to the AVCA All-America Class of 2019

First Team
  • Carson Van Campen, Berry, Sr., MB
  • Sarah DeVries, Calvin, Sr., MB/S
  • Ellie LeCount, Carthage, Sr., S
  • Emma Griffith, Chicago, Jr., S
  • Phoebe Madsen, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Sr., S/RS
  • Leah Saunders, Emory, Jr., RS
  • Natalie Aston, Johns Hopkins, Jr., S
  • Simone Bliss, Johns Hopkins, Jr., OH
  • Chelsea Huppert, Ohio Northern, Sr., MB
  • Hunter Weiss, Saint Benedict, Jr., RS
  • Madison Weiss, Saint Benedict, Jr., MB
  • Sydney Portale, Susquehanna, Jr., RS
  • Maddie Stewart, Tufts, Sr., RS
  • April Gehl, UW-Stevens Point, Sr., OH
>> 1st and 24: Portale is the first All-America selection for Susquehanna. Saunders is the 24th Emory player to receive first-team recognition.

>> Twice as Nice: It is the second consecutive first-team nod for Hunter Weiss, DeVries, Madsen and VanCampen.

>> Seeing Double: The Weiss twins are just juniors. Hunter is a two-time first-teamer, while Maddie moves up from the 2018 third team.

>> Complete List


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4. Polls

Basketball (W) WBCA
  1. Amherst
  2. Tufts
  3. Wartburg
  4. St. Thomas MN
  5. Scranton
  6. Bowdoin
  7. Hope
  8. Messiah
  9. DePauw
  10. DeSales
11-15: Transylvania, UW-Oshkosh, UMHB, Marymount, St. John Fisher.
16-20: Wheaton IL, Whitman, George Fox (tie), IWU (tie), Geneseo.
21-25: Washington-St. Louis, Loras, Cabrini (tie), UT-Dallas (tie), CNU.

>> Big Mover: DeSales up 5 to #10
>> Hello: Wheaton, IWU, Loras, CNU.
>> Goodbye: Oglethorpe, New Paltz, Chicago, RIT.

Cross Country (W) USTFCCCA
  1. Washington-St. Louis
  2. Johns Hopkins
  3. Williams
  4. Dickinson (tie)
  5. MIT (tie)
  6. Carleton
  7. Chicago
  8. Wartburg
  9. Geneseo
  10. Claremont-M-S
11-15: Tufts, UW-La Crosse, RPI, Pomona-Pitzer, John Carroll.
16-20: UW-Eau Claire, Baldwin Wallace, W&L, Bates, Oberlin.
21-25: Hope, Ithaca, Middlebury, Allegheny, Carnegie Mellon.
26-32: Emory, Rochester, Calvin, Vassar, Centre, Wesleyan CT, RIT.

>> Hello: Calvin, Wesleyan, RIT
>> TTFN: St. Thomas MN, St. Olaf, Wheaton IL, Kenyon, UC Santa Cruz, Bowdoin.

Cross Country (M) - USTFCCCA
  1. Williams
  2. North Central
  3. Pomona-Pitzer
  4. Carnegie Mellon
  5. Claremont-M-S
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. Geneseo
  8. UW-La Crosse
  9. Wartburg
  10. Washington-St. Louis
11-15: Calvin, Chicago, Carleton, Otterbein, Colby.
16-20: RPI, MIT, John Carroll, Emory, Amherst.
21-25: Haverford, Case Western, Bates, St. Olaf, Middlebury.
26-32: St. Lawrence, Berea, Ithaca, St. Thomas MN, UW-Stout, UC Santa Cruz, Oneonta.

>> Goodbye: Dickinson, UW-Eau Claire, Ramapo.

Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon
  2. Denison
  3. Johns Hopkins
  4. Emory
  5. Washington-St. Louis
  6. MIT
  7. NYU
  8. Chicago
  9. Carnegie Mellon
  10. Pomona-Pitzer
11-15: Williams, Tufts, CMS, Calvin, John Carroll.
16-20: Swarthmore, Rowan, Coast Guard, Amherst, TCNJ.
21-25: Gustavus, Merchant Marine, Geneseo, Birmingham-Southern, Case Western.

>> Hello: Gustavus, Case.
>> TTFN: Albion, Carthage.

Swimming (W) - CSCAA
  1. Johns Hopkins
  2. Denison
  3. Emory
  4. Kenyon
  5. Williams
  6. Washington U.
  7. NYU
  8. Chicago
  9. Tufts
  10. Carnegie Mellon
11-15: CMS, MIT, Pomona-Pitzer, St. Catherine's, Amherst.
16-20: W&L, Rowan, Case Western, Bates, Calvin.
21-25: Swarthmore, Mary Washington, Rhodes, Bowdoin, Geneseo.

>> Welcome: Case, Swarthmore, Mary Washington, Rhodes.
>> Bye-Bye: Ursinus, Franklin, Trinity TX, Allegheny.

5.  Blank Check

Arthur M. Blank ’63, H’98 is a founder, a doer, a leader, and a philanthropist. Best known as the co-founder of The Home Depot and the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, he has a broad family of businesses as well as a family foundation. Blank also is a member of Babson College’s Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® and is a proud alumnus who believes in the power of giving back.
In partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Babson College announced a $50 million grant that will establish the Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership. This is the largest grant ever given in the 25-year history of the Blank Family Foundation, and is a transformative investment for the College. The new Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership will be defined by entrepreneurial action and values-based leadership on a global scale.

>> The Bottom Line: “As a world-class leader in business education, Babson College is perfectly positioned to blaze this new path,” says Blank. “I’m continually inspired by Babson students, faculty, and its global alumni network. I’m excited to see how they will continue to change businesses and communities for the better.”

>> Worth Noting: D-III institutions with gifts valued at $50 million or more since July 2018: Johns Hopkins ($1.8 billion), MIT ($350M), Amherst ($50M), Carleton ($50M), Carnegie Mellon ($50M), 

6.  Comings and Goings

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