SUNY Canton Could Soon Be In NCAA
SUNY Canton could soon be playing NCAA sports.
The NCAA Division III membership committee has recommended the college for first-year provisional status beginning this fall.
The recommendation comes after SUNY Canton completed its NCAA exploratory year. It formally applied for provisional status in May.
"This is incredibly fantastic news for our athletic program as well as our entire college," Athletic Director Randy Sieminski said in a news release.
"The NCAA is the premier college athletic association in the world and we're excited about this important step forward in the membership process," Sieminski said.
SUNY Canton added four new varsity sports teams during the 2011-12 academic year: women's volleyball, men's golf, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse.
The college has also more than doubled the number of female student-athletes in the past two years from 45 to 91.
Overall, the college has increased its total number of student-athletes from 127 to 251 in the past two years.
Women's ice hockey will be added this coming year and bring the total number of sports teams to 14 – seven each for men and women.
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