Lynn Announces Additions of Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Swimming
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University athletics director Dr. Kristen Migliano has announced the reinstating of women’s cross country and addition of women’s swimming as NCAA Division II athletic programs at Lynn. This will increase the total number of NCAA varsity sports sponsored by the University to 13; eight women and five men.
“Expanding sport sponsorship at Lynn University is a momentous plan that allows us to compete for additional championships within the Sunshine State Conference and NCAA Division II,” said Dr. Migliano, a former women’s basketball player for the Fighting Knights from 1993-97. “We look forward to swimming and cross country student-athletes joining Lynn University this fall, and providing them a quality student-athlete experience commensurate with competitive NCAA Division II athletics.”
The women’s cross country and women’s swimming programs are slated to begin NCAA competition during the 2012-13 championship season. A national search has been underway to identify head coaches for each sport.
“Lynn University’s commitment to sport expansion began two years ago when a local exploratory committee was called together to review complementary sports for our athletic program,” explains Senior Vice President Gregory J. Malfitano. “The exploration, research, forecasting and coaching search that has transpired since has been an exciting process in the history of the athletics program at Lynn University. In December, the process was completed when the University’s Board of Trustees approved the sport expansion plan to include women’s swimming and women’s cross country to begin fall 2012.”
Women’s cross country and women’s swimming will compete as NCAA Division II programs and as a member of the Sunshine State Conference. Currently, 291 Division II schools offer varsity women’s cross country while 89 Division II member institutions offer women’s swimming. Lynn becomes the seventh school in the SSC with women’s cross country and women’s swimming, joining Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Nova Southeastern, Rollins, Saint Leo and Tampa.
The swimming program will train on campus at the newly renovated West Pool at the McCusker Sports Complex while the cross country team will practice in various Boca Raton and Palm Beach County parks, local golf courses and along State Road A1A.
Men’s and women’s cross country was previously started at LU April 1, 1998 but was eliminated June 1, 2001. This will be the first sport expansion by Lynn since men’s and women’s rowing was added September 1, 1999.