Friday, October 22, 2021

Three Named WOTY Finalists


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Three Named WOTY Finalists


by Lander Eicholzer, NCAA

"Nine former college athletes have been named finalists for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The nine finalists — including three from each NCAA division — demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. 

Finalists were selected from the Top 30 Woman of the Year honorees, made up of 10 women from each division. In 2021, schools nominated 535 graduating female student-athletes for this prestigious award. 

At 7:30 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Nov. 9, the finalists and Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony. The show will be streamed on the NCAA Twitter account and"

Division III Finalists

  • Mikayla Bisignani, Johns Hopkins, Swimming and Diving; Outdoor Track and Field
  • Naomi Hill, North Central, Ill., Triathlon
  • Eka Jose, Washington, Mo., Track and Field

>> Continue Reading biographies of the Woman of the Year finalists, including excerpts from their personal statements in their nomination materials

2.  Money Over Madness

by Myron Medcalf,

"As the collegiate landscape changes amid conference realignment and the NCAA's future remains in flux, West Virginia men's basketball coach Bob Huggins said it's time for the major conferences to split from the other schools and create their own postseason tournament, so they can control the sport's most significant financial stream.

"They're doing it in football," Huggins told ESPN at Big 12 media day. "Why wouldn't they do it? The presidents and athletic directors that have all the juice, why wouldn't they do it? Makes no sense why they wouldn't do it. I think it's more 'Why wouldn't they?' than 'Why would they?' And then, the other people, they can have their own tournament."

It's not the first time the idea has been discussed. Those against changing the 68-team NCAA tournament format in favor of the larger schools have often cited the thrill of watching the Cinderellas compete against more prominent programs."

>> Court Awareness: "In 2016, the NCAA signed an eight-year, $8.8 billion extension through 2032 with Turner Sports for the rights to the NCAA men's tournament. The bulk of the NCAA's annual revenue is attained through that TV deal. That's a problem, according to TCU coach Jamie Dixon, who is president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors."

>> Why It Matters: "Huggins said controlling the postseason tournament is a way for basketball to remain financially relevant in the future as college football's influence and footprint continue to grow. He said college basketball revenue, on many campuses, goes toward supporting football, while the NCAA makes the bulk of its money off its basketball tournament."

>> Quotable: "I don't know that we've done our best job with marketing and promoting and building on basketball, because really, the NCAA's only goal is to keep that NCAA tournament as their sole moneymaker, said Dixon."

>> Continue Reading

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3. Preseason Poll

Denison Men, Kenyon Women Lead CSCAA Division III Swim/Dive Preseason Polls

  1. Denison
  2. Kenyon
  3. Johns Hopkins
  4. Emory
  5. Chicago
  6. MIT
  7. Washington (Mo.)
  8. NYU
  9. Carnegie Mellon
  10. Claremont-M-S

>> Conference Call: UAA (5), NESCAC (3), SCIAC (3), Centennial (2), Michigan (2), NEWMAC (2), NJAC (2), North Coast (2), Independent (1), Minnesota (1), Ohio (1), Skyline (1)

>> Complete Poll

  1. Kenyon
  2. Emory
  3. Denison
  4. NYU
  5. Chicago
  6. Williams
  7. Johns Hopkins
  8. MIT
  9. Tufts
  10. Carnegie Mellon

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (5), UAA (5), Minnesota (3), Centennial (2), Michigan (2), North Coast (2), SCIAC (2), Independent (1), NEWMAC (1), NJAC (1), ODAC (1)

>> Complete Poll

4. Undefeated, Untied

There are 34 undefeated and untied field hockey, football, soccer and volleyball teams in Division III entering the weekend, according to NCAA statistics.

Field Hockey (5): Johns Hopkins, Middlebury, Scranton, Washington and Lee, Wilson

Football (22): Birmingham-Southern, Central, Cortland, Delaware Valley, Gallaudet, Howard Payne, Ithaca, Lake Forest, Linfield, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Merchant Marine, Mount Union, North Central (Ill.), Saint John's, Susquehanna, Trinity (Conn.), Trinity (Texas), Union, Washington & Jefferson, Wesleyan (Conn.), Williams, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Women's Soccer (2): Christopher Newport, Scranton

Men's Soccer (1): Trinity (Texas)

Volleyball (4): Claremont-M-S, Johns Hopkins, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Wartburg


5.  Weekend Spotlight

Dede Carranza had 19 digs to lead CMS defensively
Dede Carranza, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Here's a list of the games/matches/events that we are keeping an eye on this weekend.

Field Hockey

  • No. 1 Middlebury (13-0) at No. 9 Trinity (10-3) 
  • No. 6 Rowan (11-2) at No. 17 Salisbury (9-5)
  • No. 8 Messiah (12-2) at Widener (12-3)
  • Scranton (13-0) at Moravian (11-2)
  • St. Joseph's, Maine (12-3) at Johnson and Wales (11-3)


  • No. 3 UW-Whitewater (6-0) at UW-River Falls (5-1)
  • No. 5 Saint John's (6-0) at Gustavus Adolphus (5-1)
  • Endicott (6-1) at Salve Regina (6-1)
  • Catholic (5-2) at Merchant Marine (6-0)
  • Chapman (5-1) at Redlands (5-1)

Soccer (M)

  • Randolph-Macon (9-2-3) at No. 1 Washington and Lee (11-0-2)
  • No. 5 Montclair State (14-1-1) at Rowan (9-2-1)
  • No. 7 MIT (12-2-1) at No. 21 Babson (8-3-3)
  • Oneonta (9-2-2) at No. 9 Cortland (12-2-1)
  • No. 16 Chicago (9-4-1) at North Park (12-3)
  • No. 18 Calvin (13-2-2) at Hope (10-2-2)

Soccer (W)

  • No. 11 Hamilton (10-0-2) at No. 17 Wesleyan (10-1)
  • Bridgewater (12-1-2) at No. 25 Lynchburg (12-2)
  • Hardin-Simmons (10-2) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-2-1)
  • Sewanee (10-3-2) at Centre (13-1-1)
  • UW-La Crosse (12-2-2) at UW-Oshkosh (12-2-1)
  • No. 1 Johns Hopkins (22-0) vs. No. 12 Emory (17-3)
  • No. 2 Claremont-M-S (18-0) vs. No. 4 Hope (18-2)
  • No. 2 Claremont-M-S (18-0) vs. No. 6 Calvin (20-2)
  • No. 3 Trinity, Texas (23-2) vs. No. 7 Colorado College (22-2)
  • No. 6 Calvin (20-2) vs. No. 14 Ohio Northern (17-1)
  • No. 10 Juniata (20-1) vs. Wesleyan (14-2)
  • No. 18 MIT (20-1) vs. No. 24 Tufts (15-4)

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  The Sword in the Sea

    Nir Distelfeld, inspector for the Israel Antiquities Authority, holds the ancient sword. Photo: Israel's Antiquities Authority via AP

    A scuba diver in the Mediterranean off northern Israel salvaged an ancient sword Saturday that experts say dates to the Crusaders.

    • The diver took the yard-long sword, estimated to be 900 years old, ashore and delivered it to government experts, AP reports.
    • The sword, encrusted with marine organisms, is apparently made of iron.
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    - Courtesy of Axios
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