ONEONTA – Hartwick College has announced that its one of its two remaining Division I athletic programs will be moving to Division III, and the other will be disbanded.
Wednesday afternoon the college sent a letter to students informing them that this will be the final season in Division I for the men’s soccer and women’s water polo teams. The soccer team will move to Division III beginning in the fall of 2018, while the water polo team will be cut altogether.
The school cited the soccer team’s declining success and inadequate water polo facilities as part of the reason for the changes.
“Competing in two NCAA divisions is rare, and the decision to continue to play in two NCAA divisions has been reviewed a number of times over the last several decades. Even though it is a challenging decision, the Board has decided that this 2017-18 season will be the final one for DI competition at Hartwick,” said the letter.
The Hartwick men’s soccer team was formed in 1973 and won a Division I national championship in 1977. The women’s water polo team started in 2001.