Edison, NJ – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Council of Presidents passed the addition of the Stetson University Hatters as an associate member in the sport of women’s rowing. Stetson will join MAAC rowing for the 2013-14 season.
“The addition of Stetson women’s rowing brings another fine program into the MAAC,” notes Marshall Foley, Associate Commissioner for Championships at the MAAC. “With automatic qualification into the NCAA Championship, the depth and competitiveness of MAAC Women’s Rowing has improved markedly over the past few years. Stetson certainly continues that trend and we look forward to hosting the team at the MAAC Rowing Championships.”
The Stetson rowing program was established in 1988 and hosted its first regatta in 1992, winning four of the seven races against the University of Florida. Their team rows out of the Stetson University Boathouse, located in DeLand, Fl. along Lake Beresford and is currently under the direction of Head Coach Mark Wilson.
“We are thrilled to be the newest associate member of the MAAC women's rowing conference. It is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to be part of a conference that offers them the chance to row in the NCAA Championships,” said Alicia Queally, Stetson Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator. “I know that Coach Wilson cannot wait to announce to his team this exciting news. Of course, this would not be possible without the vote of confidence from the MAAC rowing membership and its Presidents. We thank them for this amazing opportunity.”
In 2012 the MAAC co-hosted the NCAA Division I, II and III Rowing Championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey, where the conference also hosts their annual rowing championships.
"Stetson is very excited to be accepted to the MAAC as a rowing affiliate member. Stetson and the MAAC seem like a perfect fit with similar sized and funded programs and students. We are eager to be in a conference that takes rowing seriously and has a long tradition with solid programs," notes Stetson Women's Rowing Head Coach Mark Wilson. "Rowing at Stetson started 25 years ago and is ready to take the next logical step up to have the opportunity to race to qualify for the NCAA Championships for Women. I know that we will have our work cut out for us in the coming years but the opportunity to race for the largest contest in Women's Rowing is very exciting."
This year marks the first year that the MAAC received an automatic qualifier in the NCAA Division I Rowing Championship. Marist College represented the MAAC at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.