Edison, N.J. - The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents has voted to approve the associate membership of Bryant University in the sport of men's swimming and diving. Bryant's membership is effective immediately and will allow them to compete in the 2013 MAAC Championship.
"The MAAC is pleased to extend associate membership to Bryant University in the sport of men's swimming," noted Commissioner Richard J. Ensor. "Bryant University is an institution that shares the MAAC's commitment to excellence in sports and academics and the MAAC Council of Presidents unanimously approved accommodating the men's swimmers in their effort to compete in a conference championship."
"This is an exciting time for our entire athletic department, particularly for our men's swimming and diving team," said Bill Smith, Director of Athletics at Bryant. "It is an honor for our men to be welcomed into a conference so successful and well-regarded, both athletically and academically, as the MAAC. We look forward to being a part of everything the MAAC stands for."
Men's swimming became Bryant University's 22nd varsity sport beginning in 2005-06 and is among the athletic department's most successful programs. Head coach Katie Cameron has been the program's only coach and has guided the Bulldogs through the Division I transition over the past four seasons. During that time, the men have broken record after record, most notably setting 16 new school marks at the 2012 ECAC Championships, where the team finished seventh in the 20-team field. In 2012-13, the Bulldogs add diving to the program for the first time in school history.
"The MAAC is the perfect conference for us to call home," added head men's swimming and diving coach Katie Cameron. "To be able to compete for a conference championship is very exciting for our program. It is going to keep our men more focused throughout the year and give us something to fight for season after season. The MAAC is a widely known and respected conference in the world of men's swimming, so this is a great move for us not only in terms of competition, but recruiting as well. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this great conference."
Bryant joins nine current men's swimming members: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, and Saint Peter's University.
The 2013 MAAC Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships will be held February 14-16 at the Burt Flickinger Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
About Bryant University
Bryant University, located in Smithfield, R.I., has a clear focus: preparing students to be successful in an age of unlimited global opportunity. Our close-knit, student-centered community offers a supportive learning environment and challenging academic programs that integrate the liberal arts with business - with an emphasis on real-world applications and cultivation of a global perspective. The culture of our community places a high value on innovation and the qualities of character.