Friday, November 22, 2019

Law to Soccer to CEO

NOVEMBER 22, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  Law to Soccer to CEO

Steven O’Day learned early in life how to adapt to new challenges and responsibilities: He spent four years at Millersville bouncing from defense to midfield to striker, a starter at each spot on the school’s soccer team. After graduating in 1985, he sought a law degree at Temple. O’Day had no idea, though, that his four years on the pitch would wind up shaping the direction his professional life would take just as much as the three he spent nose-deep in law books.
A circuitous career, including 11 years spent coaching women’s soccer at Franklin & Marshall, eventually led O’Day to his current role as president of Austin College, a Division III school in Texas. “I’m sorry to sound cliche about this, but the experiences that I had as a student-athlete in college were transformational for me,” he says. “At the time, I never imagined that it would someday morph into being the president of Austin College.”

>> Reality Check: “At about the nine- or 10-year mark of law practice, most attorneys go through a soul-searching moment of are they going to stay in the profession or are they going to go in a different direction?”

>> Between The Lines: O'Day coached the Diplomats from 1997 to 2007, recording 112 wins which remain the most in program history. “Once I started coaching, that’s when I really discovered a calling to work with college students. It was such a blessing for me to be entrusted with, in any given year, 27 or so soccer players on the roster and help them — not just on the soccer field.”

>> Of Note: O'Day became senior associate dean at F&M before taking a position at Lebanon Valley College as vice president of strategic initiatives. Four years later, he became president of Austin College. “I wasn’t going to just pursue anything. I really wanted it to be the right fit for me — a mission, a vision that I believed in — and Austin College fit that bill.”
2.  XC Championship Preview 
The 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship meet will be held on Saturday. Here is our preview.

Men, 11 a.m. start
  • There is a new No. 1 team in the country for the first time since the middle of 2016 - Williams. The Ephs put six runners in the top-10 and scored 24 points to win the New England Regional.
  • North Central has not been ranked second entering the NCAAs since 2012. The Cardinals have won six national titles this decade. NCC placed six runners in the top-15 to easily win the Midwest Regional.
  • Two SCIAC members - Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps - and Carnegie Mellon could play spoiler. The Sagehens won the West Regional, while the Tartans were champion of the Mideast Regional.
  • Individuals to keep an eye on include Carleton's Matt Wilkinson, Stevenson's Patrick Watson, Chicago's Ryan Cutter, Williams' Aidan Ryan and Pomona-Pitzer's Ethan Widlansky.

>> Dominant: North Central's 19 championships (1975-76-78-79-81-82-87-92-93-97-98-99-2009-11-12-14-16-17-18). The Cardinals have finished second on 14 occasions. That's 33 times in the top two in 46 championships.

Women - 12 p.m. start
  • It could be a two-horse race between Washington-St. Louis and Johns Hopkins. The top-ranked Bears placed six runners in the top-15, totaling 37 points to easily win the Midwest Regional. The #2 Blue Jays had a more difficult time in winning the Mideast Regional, outpointing #4 Dickinson by just 10 points.
  • Don't sleep on the Red Devils or #3 Williams. Dickinson's Isabel Cardi was the region's individual champion and could be a threat to win the NCAA title. The Ephs packed five runners between 8-21 with a 29-second spread to win the New England Regional crown.
  • Other individuals to watch include Ithaca's Parley Hannan, Trine's Evie Bultemeyer, WashU's Paige Lawler, MIT's Izzi Gengaro, Dallas' Anna Wilgenbusch and Whitman's Whitney Rich.

>> By a Thread: WashU won its third NCAA championship by a single point over two-time defending champion Johns Hopkins last year. But it only shares the record for smallest margin of victory, as Middlebury edged NESCAC rival Amherst by one point in 2006.

3.  Volleyball Final Four 

National Quarterfinals

#1 Emory d. Clarkson, 3-2
#4 Carthage d. Bowdoin, 3-0
#6 Johns Hopkins d. #15 Saint Benedict, 3-0
#7 Trinity TX d. #3 Calvin, 3-2

National Semifinals
Emory vs. Carthage, 6 p.m.
Johns Hopkins vs. Trinity, 8:30 p.m.

National Championship
semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

>> Watch LIVE


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4. Carolina on Their Minds 

Round of 16 (M)
Rowan at #4 Amherst; #14 Rensselaer vs. #6 Messiah
#21 Centre vs. #20 Claremont-M-S; Montclair State at #5 Kenyon
#17 Connecticut College at Swarthmore; #2 Tufts vs. #11 Washington and Lee
#18 Ohio Wesleyan vs. Luther; #1 Calvin at North Park

Round of 16 (W)
#21 Trinity TX at #1 Messiah; Williams vs. #17 Tufts
#22 St. Thomas at #7 Wheaton IL; #23 Ohio Northern vs. Carnegie Mellon
Claremont-M-S at #3 Washington-St. Louis; #8 Pomona-Pitzer vs. #12 Chicago
#18 Stevens at #2 William Smith; #9 Johns Hopkins vs. #15 Dickinson

bold indicates sectional host; (#) ranking

>> Links to video, stats

5.  Football 

Opening Round Playoff Games
#17 Redlands at #2 Mary Hardin-Baylor; Huntingdon at #23 Berry
Monmouth at #7 UW-Whitewater; #22 Wartburg at Hope

Martin Luther at #3 Wheaton IL; #18 UW-Oshkosh at #24 Central
#20 Linfield at #12 Chapman; Aurora at #8 Saint John's

SUNY Maritime at #6 Salisbury; Case Western at #13 Union
MIT at #4 Muhlenberg; Brockport at Western New England

Hanover at #1 Mount Union; Wabash at #5 North Central
Framingham State at #10 Wesley; #9 Delaware Valley at #21 Bridgewater

bold indicates home team; (#) ranking

6. Weekend Preview

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Norwich (vs. Babson; vs. Mass-Boston)
  2. Geneseo (at Buffalo State; vs. Fredonia)
  3. UW-Stevens Point (at UW-River Falls; at UW-Superior)
  4. Hobart (vs. #6 Oswego; at Potsdam)
  5. UW-Eau Claire (at UW-Superior; at UW-Stout)
  6. Oswego (at #4 Hobart)
  7. Augsburg (A/H vs. Gustavus)
  8. Trinity (at Amherst; at Hamilton)
  9. Adrian
  10. Utica (vs. Lebanon Valley; vs. Elmira)
Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh
  2. Adrian (H/A vs. Trine)
  3. Elmira (at Nazareth; at Utica)
  4. UW-River Falls (vs. #6 UW-Eau Claire)
  5. Norwich (vs. Salem State; vs. Plymouth State)
  6. Gustavus Adolphus (A/H vs. Augsburg)
  7. UW-Eau Claire (at #4 UW-River Falls)
  8. Middlebury (H/H vs. Amherst)
  9. Hamline (H/A vs. St. Olaf)
  10. St. Thomas (A/H vs. Bethel)
H/H - home/home; H/A - home/away; A/H - away/home; A/A - away/away

Basketball (M) (preseason)
  1. Swarthmore (vs. Stockton)
  2. UW-Oshkosh (vs. Elmhurst)
  3. North Central 
  4. Amherst (vs. Elmira, vs. TBA)
  5. Wittenberg (vs. Mount St. Joseph)
  6. Emory (vs. Oglethorpe)
  7. Washington-St. Louis (vs. Coe; vs. TBA)
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. #15 St. Thomas MN; vs. TBA)
  9. Christopher Newport (vs. Randolph; vs. Lynchburg)
  10. Nichols (vs. Worcester State)
Basketball (W)
  1. Amherst (vs. #22 Ithaca)
  2. Tufts (at Brandeis)
  3. Scranton (at King's; at Wilkes)
  4. Wartburg (at Westminster MO)
  5. Bowdoin (vs. Colby-Sawyer; vs. TBA)
  6. Hope (at Case Western; vs. Juniata)
  7. Mary Hardin-Baylor (at St. Thomas TX)
  8. George Fox  (vs. Chapman; vs. Cal Lutheran)
  9. St. Thomas (at St. Catherine)
  10. DePauw (vs. #17 UW-Oshkosh; at Wisconsin Lutheran)
Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon (at West Virginia Invitational)
  2. Denison
  3. Johns Hopkins (at #7 NYU)
  4. Emory
  5. Washington-St. Louis (at Illinois Wesleyan Invitational)
  6. MIT (at WPI, Bowdoin)
  7. NYU (vs. #3 Johns Hopkins)
  8. Chicago (Chicago Fall Classic)
  9. Carnegie Mellon (at West Virginia Invitational)
  10. Pomona-Pitzer
Swimming (W) - CSCAA
  1. Johns Hopkins (at #7 NYU)
  2. Denison
  3. Emory
  4. Kenyon (at West Virginia Invitational)
  5. Williams (vs. Union)
  6. Washington U. (at Illinois Wesleyan Invitational)
  7. NYU (vs. #1 Johns Hopkins)
  8. Chicago (Chicago Fall Classic)
  9. Tufts (at Brandeis)
  10. Carnegie Mellon (at West Virginia Invitational)
Wrestling NWCA
  1. Wabash (at Concordia WI Open)
  2. Loras (at Coe Invite; Concordia WI Open)
  3. Wartburg (at Augsburg Invitational; Concordia WI Open)
  4. Mount Union
  5. Augsburg (Augsburg Invitational)
  6. (t) UW-Whitewater (at Concordia WI Open)
  7. (t) UW-La Crosse (at Augsburg Invitational)
  8. Stevens (at WPI, Castleton, Roger Williams)
  9. (t) Baldwin Wallace (BW Invitational)
  10. (t) Coe (Coe Invite)

7.  Comings and Goings
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

'Stag Survival Guide' Sinks Swimmers

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. 'Stag Survival Guide' Sinks Swimmers

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swimming and diving team was assigned "mandatory educational programming" after three senior women quit over a document produced by the men's team, according toThe Student Life, the Claremont Colleges' student newspaper.

The document produced by the senior men on the team - "Stag Survival Guide" - is portrayed as an introduction for first-year swimmers and divers with descriptions of the team's returning athletes written by senior men. But another student newspaper - The Scripps Voice - says the document includes "use of the n-word, explicit sexual references to the members of the women's team, and a homophobic description of another teammate."

Upset with what they characterized as inaction from head coach Charlie Griffiths, three of the senior women met with the coach individually on September 18 to quit the program. A day later, The Scripps Voice reports, Griffiths held a meeting and temporarily suspended some of the male swimmers from practice. But at that meeting, a captain of the men’s team presented a “defensive document” detailing other sexually suggestive jokes or traditions from the team’s group chat, including traditions within the women’s team. One such example from the “defensive document” includes a Valentine’s Day tradition involving inappropriate jokes by the women’s team, and a ‘friskiest frosh’ award given by the senior women to the freshman they deem the most promiscuous.

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department and its associated schools concluded that behavior by members of the CMS swim and dive team justified “mandatory educational programming,” Claremont McKenna College told TSL on in mid-October, concluding an investigation into reported actions that may have violated athletic department values.

>> Reality Check: Some members of the men’s team say they had not seen their descriptions until after the guide had been shared with all members of the team. Furthermore, they had not consented to being included. Both full names and photos of team members accompanied the descriptions.

>> What They're Saying: A disclaimer on the first page warns, “Before progressing please understand this work is by and for stags only, and any copying, sharing, or general spreading of this guide is a crime punishable by disembowelment, dismemberment, death, or in the cases of serious infractions, an awkward, drawn-out one-on-one talk.”

>> The Final Word: This happens way too often at our nation's colleges and universities. Today it's CMS. Tomorrow it could be you.

2. Field Hockey Championship Preview 
The Division III field hockey championship Final Four is slated for Saturday-Sunday at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, Pa. Here is our look at the field.

(6) Franklin & Marshall (19-3) vs. (5) Johns Hopkins (19-2), 11 a.m. EST
  • The Diplomats and the Blue Jays meet for the third time in the penultimate match of the season. Hop won the regular-season and Centennial Conference title matches over F&M by identical 2-1 counts. The Jays are led by the potent trio of senior Katie McErlean and sophomores Abby Birk and Maddie Brown-Scherer who have combined for 36 goals and 31 assists. The Diplomats look to Centennial Offensive Player of the Year Lily Mynott, who has found the cage 28 times this fall, and CC Defensive POY Melissa Gula. JHU leads the all-time series, 26-15-1.
(2) Middlebury (19-1) vs. (3) Salisbury (20-1), 2 p.m. EST
  • The defending national champion Panthers look for their fourth title in the last five seasons. Junior Erin Nicholas is the first player in NESCAC history to follow up Rookie of the Year honors with back-to-back Player of the Year awards in the conference. Sophomore Grace Harlan is seventh nationally with a 0.74 goals-against average. The Sea Gulls are led by the dynamic duo of senior Arielle Johnston and sophomore McKenzie Mitchell who both tallied 12 goals on the season. Junior Dom Farrace is third in D-III with a 0.51 GAA. 

>> 923: The total number of wins for Middlebury's Katherine DeLorenzo (401-125-2, 28 yrs) and Salisbury's Dawn Chamberlin (522-120-8, 33 yrs) as head coaches. The pair are amongst the top six active D-III coaches in victories.

Final: Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

>> Rosters, Schedules, Statistics and More

3.  More Bad Behavior | Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire has suspended five student athletes from the university’s football team after racist social media messages including references to the Black Male Empowerment group on campus were posted to Twitter.
After the message chain was shared on Facebook and Twitter, Dennis Beale, the founder of BME, addressed the issue via the BME Facebook page.
  • “I am appalled about what I have seen on social media,” Beale said. “This group was designed to help change the perception of African American Males on a predominantly white campus. Along with exemplifying the black excellence that these young men display on a daily basis. It is very disturbing to see the backlash we get from the people in our own backyard.”
Chancellor James Schmidt said he was outraged and disgusted when he heard about the message.
  • "Some things might blur a line between what's racist and not racist," he said. "But, nothing is more racist and really strikes at the heart of terror, for frankly a lot of our faculty and students on campus, than seeing an image of a burning cross and klansmen standing in the background."


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4.   Calendar

Nov. 21-23 - Women's Volleyball championship, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nov. 23 - Men's and Women's Cross Country championship, Louisville, Ky.
Nov. 23-24 - Field Hockey championship, Manheim, Pa.
Nov. 28 - Thanksgiving
Dec. 6-7 - Men's and Women's Soccer championship, Greensboro, N.C.
Dec. 9-10 - Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, Indianapolis
Dec. 20 - Football championship, Shenandoah, Texas

5. And Now Some Good News ... 

At the NCAA Mideast Regional cross country meet last Saturday, hundreds of athletes competed. While only a few qualified for the NCAA Championship, Chatham had a separate victory of its own.

Junior Lexi Kapla was in the process of finishing her own race when she spotted an injured runner, Pamela Myers from Eastern University. Aided by runner Gabrielle Sacks from Cedar Crest College, Lexi helped carry Myers across the finish line. While this may have hindered her own finishing time, Kapla won in the arena of sportsmanship that day with her efforts to help a struggling competitor finish the race.

When asked about what happened that day, Kapla shared her experience.
  • "Looking back on the regionals race, I saw someone in need and helped her out. It didn't really matter to me what my finishing time was, it was about making sure that she got to the finish line," she said. "For her and I, that was our last race of the season. I wanted to make sure that she could at least say that she finished her last race, even if she needed a little help along the way."
>> What They're Saying: "Lexi was running a really solid race and had the potential to run one of her fastest times all season. But, [she] saw the runner struggling and demonstrated an amazing act of kindness." - Erin Gale, head coach

>> The Final Word: #whyD3

6. Comings and Goings

7.  Play of the Day

And how was your workout today?

8.  1 Wine Label Thing

Wineries may spend unholy sums on marketing their products, or none at all, sometimes to equal benefit. But it’s amazing how few wineries, whether large, medium or boutique, nail it with the most important billboard for their brand: Their wine labels.
Whether you scan a retail shelf, wine app or website, the design of a label jumps out at you and makes a quick impression, but not always a good one. Even after having closely examined roughly a quarter-million labels over the years, I still get gobsmacked by the poor quality of all-too-many labels.
There are wine labels that are beautiful, distinctive, accurate and filled with useful information about such things as blends, vineyards, fermentation practices and barrel management. Scores from trusted reviewers can be quite valuable, when quoted along with full tasting notes. By and large, however, you’ll need to be a bit of a detective. Compile clues as to a wine’s character and quality. Know what words on a label matter, and which you can forget.
Here are common words and phrases that serve no useful purpose on a wine label and should be ignored.
- courtesy of Wine Enthusiast
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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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