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Florida Sports Foundation Recognizes IRSC Men's and Women's Swim Teams for Championship Wins

Florida Sports Foundation Recognizes IRSC Men's and Women's Swim Teams for Championship Wins

August 13, 2018 jlhart

Florida continues to produce some of the nation’s best collegiate athletic teams, programs, and student-athletes. In acknowledgement of this fact, representatives of the Florida Sports Foundation visited Indian River State College (IRSC) Wednesday, August 9, to recognize the IRSC Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams for earning National Championship titles at the 2018 NJCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships.

The IRSC Men’s Swim Team holds a record-breaking winning streak with 44 consecutive swimming titles—the longest unbroken U.S. championship winning streak in any sport at the collegiate level. The IRSC Women’s Swim Team holds 36 consecutive titles and 40 overall championship wins.

Since January 1, 2018, the State of Florida has displayed multiple championship performances with 12 colligate teams capturing national titles officially recognized by the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA—the nation’s best in their respective divisions. IRSC is the only institution being recognized with two championship titles.

Jason Hendrix, Florida Sports Foundation Director of Communications and Rick Hatcher, Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Sports Commission presented the awards to the IRSC Swim Team coaching staff and IRSC President Dr. Edwin Massey. “The outstanding young men and women who represent IRSC are constantly striving to be the best, in both competition and the classroom,” shared Massey, who spoke at the presentation. “They personify what it means to be a student athlete, and as champions, they are off and running to achieve whatever goals they have ahead.”

The Florida Sports Foundation serves as the Sports Industry Development Division of Enterprise Florida, Inc. The mission of the Florida Sports Foundation is to assist Florida’s communities with securing, hosting and retaining sporting events and sports related business to generate significant economic impact and sports tourism for the state of Florida through grant programs, legislative initiatives, and industry partner service, recognition and development. Additionally they provide the citizens of Florida with participation opportunities in the Sunshine State Games and Florida Senior Games events and serve as Florida’s leading resource for Sport Tourism research and facts.

National championship titles earned by Florida’s universities and colleges to date in 2018:

  • Indian River State College Pioneers, NJCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving National Champions
  • Indian River State College Pioneers, NJCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving National Champions
  • Keiser University Seahawks, NAIA Men’s Swimming and Diving National Champions
  • Webber International University Warriors, NAIA Men’s Bowling Invitational Team Champions
  • University of Florida Gators, NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Champions
  • Tallahassee Community College Eagles, NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Champions
  • Daytona State College Falcons, NJCAA Women’s Golf National Champions
  • Chipola College Indians, NJCAA Division I Baseball National Champions
  • Southeastern University Fire, Avista/NAIA Baseball World Series Champions
  • Barry University Buccaneers, NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis National Champions
  • Lynn University Knights, NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Champions
  • Florida State University Seminoles, NCAA Division I Softball National Champions/Women’s College World Series Champions
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