Queens University of Charlotte took the South Athletic Conference (SAC) by storm, finishing third overall in the conference after just one year of competing.
In their first year competing in the SAC, Queens finished ranked 3rd of 12 overall. In the 2013-14 competing season, the Royals earned regular season champion titles in men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse. Royals also took home tournament champion titles in men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and women’s track and field.
Dr. Pamela Davies, Queens president, is beyond thrilled about the Royals accomplishments over this past year in the SAC. She hopes that the Royals continue to grow in their success are high as they undergo the beginning of the 2014-15 competing season in the SAC.
“The performance of our Royals in their first season in the SAC exceeded everyone’s expectations,” she said. “Our student athletes’ success, both on and off the field, has been truly extraordinary.”
After 17 seasons of competing in Conference Carolinas, the Royals moved to compete in a more competitive conference for the first time in the 2013-14 academic year. In its 38th year of athletic completions, the SAC is an intercollegiate athletic conference that competes at the NCAA Division II level. It was founded in 1975 solely as a football conference. The SAC aspires to be the premier NCAA Division II athletic conference in the country and to be a conference where a high priority of each member institution is a balance between athletics and the overall academic, spiritual, social and physical development of each student-athlete to provide these individuals with skills for future success. SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz believed that Queens fit this vision, adding the school to the conference effective July 1, 2013.
“Aligning with the South Atlantic Conference will position Queens to continue strengthening our athletic programs and enhancing the experience for our student-athletes. We are excited to give our student-athletes opportunities to compete at the highest level and look forward to an exciting future as a SAC member,” said Davies prior to the school joining the SAC.
With the addition of Queens, the SAC is currently home to a total of 12 universities competing for the conference title. Queens will be competing in 12 out of the SAC’s 14 champion sports, excluding baseball and football. Swimming and cheerleading are two sports on campus that are not a part of the SAC.
Preceding Queens leaving the Conference Carolinas, the Royals had competed at 34 NCAA National Championships and had six student-athletes win individual national championships in the previous five seasons. Eight student-athletes from the university were named All-Americans in 2011-12. Since joining the SAC, Queens has competed at 40 NCAA National Championships, including men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s golf and men’s lacrosse. Sixteen student-athletes have won individual national championships in the past seven seasons and 27 student-athletes were named All-Americans in 2013-14. Thiago Andrade with men’s soccer; Felix Duchampt with men’s cross country; Nikia Squire and Kimone Hewitt with women’s track and field; Brittany Philip with women’s lacrosse; and Garrett Chan, Patrick Murphy, Eric Dolan and Evan Farkas with men’s lacrosse are just a few names on a long list of All-American Royals in this past season.