KINGSTON, R.I. – Roger Williams University swept the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving (NEISDA) championship this weekend. For the second year in a row for the women’s team and for the first time ever for the men’s team, both of the swimming and diving teams took home the NEISDA crown on Sunday night, defeating 20 other teams in a four-day tournament hosted by the University of Rhode Island.
After four days of hard competition, Roger Williams women’s swimming and diving racked up an impressive first-place score of 1452, while the men’s team captured first place with a total score of 823.
What started as a 20-person recruiting class (12 men, eight women) for RWU last July turned into a championship-winning team for the swimming and diving program, according to swimming and diving Head Coach Matt Emmert.
BRISTOL, R.I. – There’s no doubt that 2016 was a very big year for Roger Williams University, with the opening of a new campus in the heart of downtown Providence at the same time the University welcomed its largest class ever with the Class of 2020. From sending off more than 1,000 graduates into the world with Commencement 2016 to the launching of a student-led Conservation Corps, the construction management program earning a top-five national ranking, the creation of a real-time financial trading room, students landing prestigious honors and faculty experts making a difference with their work, celebrate RWU’s many successes with a look back at the most read stories on PDQ@RWU.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – For the first time in school history, a Roger Williams University student-athlete has captured the title of an NCAA Division III National Championship. Up against top competition in the March 12 tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, David Welch made RWU history with a 5-4 win to become the first Hawk to claim an NCAA national championship.
Head Wrestling Coach Jon Egan credits Welch’s victory to the athlete’s dedication to training and serving as the team’s wrestling captain, a role in which he inspired each of his six teammates to put their best effort forward at the national tournament and place 15th overall as a team.
"We work so hard to get guys on the All-American podium and David eclipsed that goal by being only the fifth NCAA champ from an all-New England school," Egan said. "With regards to recruiting, we are on the national map now. David shows all future wrestlers that if you focus and sacrifice, anything is possible."
BRISTOL, R.I. – In an effort to provide more opportunities for women in sports, the Roger Williams University Athletic Department will promote the Women’s Rugby program from a club sport to full varsity status beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.
The women’s rugby team has demonstrated success both on and off the field, and will become the 25th varsity sport on RWU’s roster this fall.
“The athletics program at Roger Williams University has made it a top priority to provide more opportunities for women in sports,” said Dave Kemmy, director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation. “With their great success over many seasons, women’s rugby quickly rose to the top of the list. Varsity women’s rugby is a growing sport, and RWU is getting in on the ground floor as the sport gains popularity.”