Athletics. New College style
New College students are known for being scholars, but there are plenty of scholar-athletes here, too, and a wide range of competitive teams – both intercollegiate and intramural – to provide you with a physical challenge to match the intellectual challenge.
You can find an outlet from studying through sports including sailing, tennis, swimming, flag football, soccer, fencing, racquetball, dodgeball and even quidditch.
New College athletic teams are known as The Null Sets. Learn the history of our unique nickname.
With its home base on the College’s bayfront, the team has easy access to practice on gorgeous Sarasota Bay in its fleet of eight International 420 Class sailboats, and has hosted regattas in 2012 and 2013.
In 2012-13, New College’s sailors competed in six regattas, against schools including College of Charleston, Eckerd College, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville University, Rollins College, University of Florida and University of South Florida. The New College Women’s Sailing Team was ranked sixth of 23 teams in SAISA for the season.
Dabek, a former professional player, reached #170 in the international Women’s Tennis Association rankings before retiring in 2007.
“I have been active with the Tennis Club for the past two years, and Tiffany (our instructor) has done a great job of organizing lessons and improving everyone’s skills. Last year we held a small tournament among students, and this year Tiffany is looking to get us playing another school. We have a great group of students playing this year... Tennis has definitely helped me manage my stress and stay healthy while at New College, and it’s far easier to exercise when you’re doing something fun and enjoyable.” – David Smith, Economics AOC.
“By going to Swim Club, I am so much more balanced. I can handle the pressure of school when I have a healthy and fun activity to look forward to twice a week... At the Swim Club practices, the time passes by quickly and it is easy to forget the everyday worries. It also gives me the opportunity to meet other students that I would probably not have met, as well as others who share my interests.” – Nicole Hernandez, Biology AOC .
“The New College academic program is incredibly rigorous, and having sports as an outlet has counteracted the stress of the academic program and allowed me to be more successful and passionate about my coursework. My friends on the football and sailing team are the same people I lean on when I have stress in my life; our shared interest brings us together and creates great friendships. I still keep in touch with Mike Dexter, the captain of the football team when I got here my first year. He’s become one of my closest friends, and I’ve visited him in DC often. Without football, it’s likely we never would have met.” – Michael Long, Economics AOC, 2013 Truman Scholar
“Before coming here I was shy, and I was uncomfortable taking initiative and making good work great. But in my first year I met some fantastic people in Soccer that weren’t just role models, they were great friends, and even those who ended up graduating at the end of that year left a serious impact on my life. I started earning Strongly Satisfactory designations in my classes, and that is because sports at New College teach you several things: the value of teamwork, the thrill of an enjoyable (competitive yet disciplined) game, and the importance of responsibility. New College sports allow could-have-been-professionals to play alongside novices in a manner that allows for group development and so much more.” – Bennet Bastian, Political Science and Religion AOC
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