Courtesy: Roberts Wesleyan Athletics
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Diving will become an official sport at Roberts Wesleyan College beginning in the 2018-19 season. Bob Segave, Director of Athletics announced on Friday that diving will be added as an NCAA Division II sport in tandem with the newly created swim program that was added this past year.
“We are excited to add Diving as an intercollegiate sport offering which will be combined with our recently added men’s and women’s swim programs,” Segave said. “This addition is a few years ahead of our original timetable, but the overall interest in the program has exceeded our expectations.”
The announcement of adding diving comes just 15 months after the college declared that it would be adding swimming as an intercollegiate sport. The men’s and women’s swim teams kicked off their inaugural season on October 21, 2017 and closed out the season on February 3, 2018.
Head Coach Sara Smith was able to bring in 16 student-athletes in a short turnaround time for the team’s first season and is excited about the potential to bring in an even larger number of student-athletes with the addition of diving. “I am excited for the opportunity to encompass diving as an additional sport offering in conjunction with our men’s and women’s swim team,” Smith said. “Our first year as a swim program saw tremendous success in the pool and in the community as the athletes came together and shared with Roberts what our sport is all about! Adding diving will only continue to provide the ability for students in the swimming & diving community to practice balanced lives of academics and athletics at the collegiate level while receiving a dynamite education here at Roberts.”
The Redhawks swimming and diving teams will kick off their season in the fall.