November 22, 2011

Merrimack Announces Creation of Women’s Swimming Program

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Merrimack College will add women's swimming as an intercollegiate program and will begin competition in the 2012-13 academic year in the Northeast-10 Conference.

The Merrimack swimming program will practice and compete at the Andover YMCA, which is less than a five-minute drive from the Merrimack campus. The Andover YMCA has plans to begin construction on a state-of-the-art 50-meter pool, which Merrimack will use as its home facility.

Merrimack will compete in the Northeast-10 conference in both women's swimming and will participate in the 2013 Northeast-10 Championship meet.

A head coach for both programs will be announced shortly.

All prospective student-athletes and current Merrimack students interesting in participating in swimming should fill out the student-athlete questionnaire online at merrimackathletics.com or email swimming@merrimack.edu for more information.

In just two years, Merrimack has increased its number of intercollegiate sports from 16 to 24 sports.

Men's and women's indoor and outdoor track were added for the 2010-11 season with plans to compete in distance events only. But beginning last spring, Merrimack had a full-fledged track program, competing in sprint, relay, distance and field events.

Merrimack also added women's golf and women's crew for the 2011-12 campaign, and both sports posted impressive fall seasons, finishing ahead of many Division I and II programs at their events.

Merrimack, which captured the Northeast-10 President's Cup in 1999-00, has won two NCAA Division II titles, with the hockey team claiming the national championship in 1978 and the softball team winning the title in 1994.

At the completion of the fall season in 2011, Merrimack had two teams (field hockey, women's soccer) reach the NCAA Tournament, while field hockey won its first-ever Northeast-10 Championship with a school record 17 wins. All but one fall program improved on its 2010 record, and the winter season has started well with the hockey team earning a #2 national ranking with an 8-0-1 record.