HILLSBORO, Ore. – Mills College, an independent liberal arts college with over 1,300 students located in Oakland, Calif., will join the Northwest Conference (NWC) as an affiliate member for the sport of women’s rowing for the 2017-18 academic year as announced by NWC commissioner Kimberly Wenger.
“We are pleased to have Mills College join the Northwest Conference as an affiliate member in women’s rowing,” said Wenger. “This addition will enhance the experience for women’s rowing in our conference, as well as providing the student-athletes at Mills a chance for the championship experience.”
Themy Adachi, athletic director at Mills, was also enthusiastic about her program’s new alliance, declaring, “We are thrilled to be joining the West Coast Division III rowing community as members of the Northwest Conference.”
Mills currently sponsors six sports for women at the NCAA Division III level: cross country, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Rowing is the oldest of the Cyclones’ sports, with roots back to 1914 and has been a part of the school’s athletics program on a continuous basis since 1955. The team practices on beautiful Briones Reservoir, 20 minutes from the Mills campus, and the Cyclones’ boathouse sits adjacent to those of the University of California-Berkeley and Saint Mary’s College. The head coach is Sara Nevin, who was named the 2008 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year for her work with the program at the University of California at Berkeley.
The Northwest Conference is an NCAA Division III league of nine schools in the Pacific Northwest: George Fox University (Newberg, Ore.), Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Ore.), Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.), Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.), Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.), the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Wash.), Whitman College (Walla Walla, Wash.), Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.), and Willamette University (Salem, Ore.). Lewis & Clark, Pacific, Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound are the four institutions that currently offer women’s rowing; Mills will boost that number to five.
The 2017-18 season will be the fourth for women’s rowing as an NWC-sponsored sport. Puget Sound won the first NWC title in 2014-15, followed by Pacific Lutheran each of the last two seasons. PLU finished fourth in the NCAA Division III National Championships last year.