Across the Pond.
The Norwich University men’s rugby team traveled to England and Wales over spring break for a full week of training sessions, sightseeing, and competition. While there, the group toured England’s most famous and iconic rugby pitch, Twickenham Stadium (above), site of this fall’s 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Men’s Swimming Sets High Watermark at New Englands
The Norwich University men’s swimming and diving program broke eight school records en route to a third-place finish at the 2015 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships in Kingston, R.I., on February 14 and 15.
Sophomores Mark Walleshauser (50 and 100 butterfly), JP Myers (50 and 100 breaststroke), and Stefan Koberl (200 and 400 individual medley) each broke two individual records, while Everett Howard (200 backstroke) set one individual record. Walleshauser, along with sophomores Asa Wolfe and Ryan Hanley and freshman Charles McAuley, also broke the 400-medley relay school record with a time of 3:39.41.
The team, under the mentorship of first-year head coach Andrew Bretscher, finished third out of 12 schools for the third straight year. “It can be challenging adapting to a new coach, but the team bought in and worked hard, allowing us to be very successful,” Bretscher said. “Our season culminated with numerous lifetime bests and records broken, so I couldn’t be more proud of everyone.”
New Conference, Old Rivalry:
Cadets to play Coast Guard beginning in 2017
Cadets football will enter a new era starting in 2017 when it joins the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as an associate member. The new league will comprise Norwich, MIT, United States Coast Guard Academy, Springfield College, WPI, Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point), Maine Maritime, and an eighth school yet to be named.
The league constitutes a reunion for Norwich, Coast Guard, Springfield, WPI, and Kings Point, all former members of the Freedom Football Conference, which was dissolved in 2003. “[Joining] this conference will allow us to continue long-held rivalries, especially with our sister military institutions,” said NU President Richard W. Schneider. “Of course, I am personally thrilled to compete with my alma mater, the Coast Guard Academy, as well as to establish new regional rivalries.”
Norwich will remain a member of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), established in 2009, for two more seasons before moving to a full NEWMAC league schedule. Once the new conference is in place, Norwich will look to continue its annual intrastate rivalry with Castleton for the Sap Bucket trophy in a non-league match-up.
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