Capturing numerous championship wins and qualifying for NCAA tournaments, the student athletes of Roger Williams University finished the academic year by making it the most successful in the 42-year history of athletics at the university.
Roger Williams’ Athletic Director Dave Kemmy shared the school’s athletic milestone.
“The accomplishments reached far and wide across the department, as multiple teams achieved great success through their performance at the conference level and at the NCAA Tournament. In addition, numerous student-athletes were recognized for their play,” he said in a press release.
Roger Williams teams captured six Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships, taking the titles in volleyball, men’s cross country, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s track and field.
For the volleyball team, this marks their fifth consecutive CCC Championship, while the men’s cross country team won an unprecedented 13th straight CCC title.
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving have won seven straight conference championships, and the men’s track and field team won its sixth straight. The women’s track and field team earned its fourth title in five years.
In the inaugural year of the Commonwealth Coast Conference All-Sports Trophy, Roger Williams University won the first-ever CCC Men’s All-Sports Trophy and took third in the CCC Women’s All-Sports Trophy.
The university’s sailing team continued its run as one of the top teams in New England, remaining nationally ranked throughout the year while capturing the New England Team Racing Championship for the first time in program history. In addition, the Hawks qualified for the Team Racing National Championships for the fourth straight year and placed seventh, its fourth straight top-seven finish.
At the championship level, the Hawks qualified for the NCAA Tournament in five different sports. The wrestling team qualified three individuals (Collin Crowell, Shane Parcel, and David Welch) for the NCAA Tournament, with Crowell and Welch earning All-American honors. The volleyball team earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament win while the men’s soccer reached round of 32 in the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2006.
In addition, the women’s basketball team qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time, capping off the best season in program history that saw the team win a record 22 games while earning a trip to the CCC Championship Game for the first time ever.
Hannah Zydanowicz represented the women’s cross country team by making her way to the NCAA Championship for the second straight year.
For the year, Roger Williams University yielded a school-record of 10 All-Americans in their respective sports, including the first-ever in women’s cross country and women’s basketball, as rising senior Hannah Zydanowicz and Kaitlyn Bovee were each honored in their respective sports.
Seven Hawks were recognized as Academic All-Americans, the most in a single year in RWU history.
Former volleyball standout, Krystie Luczynski, became the first player in program history to be named an AVCA All-American and Academic All-American in the same season.
A school-record three Hawks were named New England Players of the Year in their respective sports, including Kaityn Bovee as ECAC and NEWBA Player of the Year, Krystie Luczynski as NEWVA Player of the Year, and Trevor Hoxsie as ECAC New England Offensive Player of the Year.
The hard work of Roger Williams’ coaches did not go unnoticed, as three individuals were recognized as coach of the year, including Derek Carlson as CCC Baseball Coach of the Year, Sean Livingston as CCC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, and Kelly Thompson as CCC Women’s Basketball Co-Coach of the Year and Cox Sports Division III Women’s Basketball Co-Coach of the Year.
“Not only were the Hawks dominant in intercollegiate competition, the student-athletes also worked just as hard and were just as accomplished in the classroom,” Mr. Kemmy said.
RWU student-athletes finished the 2013-14 academic year with a cumulative GPA of 3.16, the second-highest all-time for an academic term. In addition, 103 student-athletes were recognized as CCC All-Academic Team honorees, the most in a single year in school history.
The Hawks also made tremendous strides in being active in the community. This past year, Roger Williams student-athletes recorded 5,473 total hours of service, the fourth-most amount of hours since 2005.
“Every team was involved in at least two efforts and some as many as six,” Mr. Kemmy said.