Monday, October 3, 2022

The Case For Division III


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


Nicole Lin and John Paul Phillips
by Michael Stott, Swimming World

"In September, Jason Weber began his 17th year as head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Chicago. In his tenure there, his teams (seventh and sixth, respectively, at 2022 D-III NCAAs) have produced 431 All-America performances and all 48 school records. As a college athlete, he swam all four years at Brown under a taskmaster now at Tennessee named Matt Kredich, so he knows what’s involved in swimming at the D-III and D-I levels.

“I think too many high school swimmers/divers have their sights set on competing D-I because it’s the most competitive level, and they don’t think about the opportunities that are available to them at D-III,” says Weber.

“I was the same way, thinking I’d make NCAAs and be one of the top D-I swimmers, but things didn’t go exactly as planned. Looking back, I would have loved the opportunity to still go to a great school, but be a bigger contributor and compete for a national title."

>> Situational Awareness: “Just like in the academic arena, there are many ways to succeed in the pool,” says Claremont-M-S coach Charlie Griffiths. “You can find coaches and team environments that can elicit excellence from you in each division. What I love about our environment in Division III and at CMS is that we’ve created a track record of swimmers who improve over their careers and enjoy the process, while also setting themselves up for post-graduate success."

>> Reality Check: “I encourage kids to look for fit," said Emory head coach Jon Howell. "We don’t fit neatly into the D-III category. We benefit from D-III nationals, having a target, a D-III championship, but we are not a stereotypical D-III team. We are trying to create something that is uniquely Emory—and that is a good fit for the right person."

>> The Big Picture: “(Crile Hart) was definitely the type of athlete who would have been welcomed on a D-I roster," said Kenyon head coach Jessen Book. "In comparing divisions, recruits need to be clear about what role they want to play on their team, in their conference and at the NCAA Championships. For the truly elite, that may be the D-I Championships. However, for many other talented and driven swimmers, that fit may be better at D-III,” he says."

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2. ITA Regional Champions

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association held more small college regional events this weekend. Winners qualify for the ITA nationals. 


New England

  • Singles: Tristan Bradley (Bowdoin) d. Reid Staples (Bowdoin), 6-0, 2-1 INJ
  • Doubles: Vuk Vuksanovic / Derin Acaroglu (Tufts) d. Shawn Berdia / Jason Shuler (Williams) 6-3, 7-6


  • Singles: Aidan Drover-Mattinen (RPI) d. Connor Griff (Hamilton), 6-4, 6-4
  • Doubles: Drover-Mattinen / Andy Zhu (RPI) vs. Sean Pesin / Jett Wright (Hobart)
  • Singles: Thomas Yu (Johns Hopkins) d. Michael Melnikov (Swarthmore), 6-4, 3-6, 10-8
  • Doubles: James Yu / Thomas Yu (Johns Hopkins) d. Evan Erb / Evan Brady (Washington and Lee), 8-5


  • Singles: Semifinals
  • Doubles: Quarterfinals
  • Singles: Alessio Azzalini (Trinity, Texas) d. Joshua Bode (Concordia, Texas), 6-4, 6-4
  • Doubles: Azzalini / Rafael Candela Ruzi (Trinity) vs. Oscar Ray / Ashton Ellis (Southwestern)
  • Singles: Rox Rogers (George Fox) d. Austin Stone (George Fox), 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
  • Doubles: Stone / Hunter Fujimori (George Fox) vs. Rogers / Lars Schmassmann (George Fox)
  • Singles: Advik Mareedu (Claremont-M-S) d. Caleb Wilkins (Chapman), 6-3, 6-4
  • Doubles: Christian Settles / Matthew Robinson (Claremont-M-S) d. Matthew Feng / Eshaan Lumba (Pomona-Pitzer), 6-3, 6-3

  • Singles: Sylwia Mikos (Chicago) vs. Miranda Yuan (Chicago)
  • Doubles: Mikos / Shianna Guo (Chicago) vs. Perene Wang / Claudia Ng (Chicago)
  • Singles: Katherine Wurster (Claremont-M-S) d. Angie Zhou (Pomona-Pitzer), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
  • Doubles: Lindsay Eisenmann / Gabby Lee (Claremont-M-S) d. Alisha Chulani / Devon Wolfe (Claremont-M-S), 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
>> Complete Results

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3. Running in Place

Connor McNabb

There was no movement in this week's Top 25 as the top-10 tams remained in place.

  1. North Central, Ill. (18), 4-0
  2. Mount Union (5), 4-0
  3. UW-Whitewater (1), 3-1
  4. Mary Hardin-Baylor (1), 4-1
  5. Trinity, Texas, 4-0
  6. Saint John's, 3-1
  7. Linfield, 3-0
  8. Johns Hopkins, 5-0
  9. UW-La Crosse, 3-1
  10. Hardin-Simmons, 3-1

>> This Weekend: No. 16 UW-Oshkosh at No. 17 UW-River Falls; No. 20 Wartburg at No. 24 Central; Shenandoah at Bridgewater.

>> Sack Master: Johns Hopkins DE Luke Schuermann had six sacks in the Blue Jays' 43-26 win at Franklin & Marshall. He leads DIII with 9.5 overall.

>> Six If By Air: Aurora QB Josh Swanson leads the country with 24 TD passes through five games.

>> Unbeaten: There are 29 teams with unblemished records after five weeks.

>> Complete Poll

4. MIT, Chicago Top National Preview

The MIT men showed why it is ranked No. 2 in the country with a surprisingly easy win at the NCAA DIII National Preview Meet in East Lansing, Mich. The Engineers took down three other top-10 programs (#3 UW-La Crosse, #5 North Central, #8 UW-Whitewater) with 62 points. UW-La Crosse's Ethan Gregg took individual honors in 24:12.3.

The Chicago women also rolled to an easy win, nearly doubling up No. 7 MIT, 59-106. Loras' Kassie Parker crossed the line first by more than 20 seconds to capture the individual race.

>> Complete Results


5.  Lightning Round 

  Field Hockey

  • There are five teams with spotless records - Salisbury (10-0), Shenandoah (10-0), Johnson and Wales (9-0), Middlebury (9-0), and Rowan (9-0).
  Soccer (M)
  • There are four sides that are unbeaten and untied - UW-Eau Claire (13-0), Western Connecticut (12-0), Chicago (10-0), and Kenyon (9-0).

  Soccer (W)

  • There are four sides that are unbeaten and untied - Calvin (10-0), Montclair State (10-0), Case Western Reserve (9-0), and Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-0).

  Volleyball (W)

  • There are just one team remaining with an unblemished record - Claremont-M-S (15-0).

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Casie Runksmeier, associate AD, Colby; and Collin Quinn, SID, Western New England
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6.  Comings and Goings

7. Cheers at 40

"One for the Road": The "Cheers" finale episode, in 1993. Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

"Cheers" first premiered 40 years ago on Sept. 30, 1982 — with last call more than a decade later, on May 20, 1993.

  • The show's 275 episode run helped launch the careers of actors Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, Kirstie Alley and Kelsey Grammer, Axios' Herb Scribner reports.

"It was like going to camp — a good one, not one you wanted to call home every day," actress Rhea Perlman told ABC News about working on the show.

  • "It just was a very comfortable, fun place to be," Perlman added. "We had great writers, we had a great cast and we had fun."
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