By Andres Castro
With the ending of each semester there are some students that are going to make the decision to transfer from two-year colleges like, Suffolk County Community College, to four-year institutions such as Stony Brook University or Dowling College.
Some of these students are just thinking about their academics and how their grades and credits will transfer while there are student athletes who have to think about that as well as continuing the sport they have been playing or maybe trying out a new sport.
At SCCC, home of the Sharks, the athletic teams that are offered for men are baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. For women there is basketball, bowling, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
Even with all the sport options SCCC has to offer, usually at four-year institutions they have plenty more to choose from.
At Stony Brook University, located in Stony Brook, New York, and home of the Seawolves, they offer very similar athletic sports as SCCC. For men they offer baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. They differ because they offer football. For women they offer the same sports as SCCC, but they do not offer bowling.
At Dowling College, located in Oakdale, New York, and home of the Golden Lions, they offer men’s sports which include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. For women athletes transferring from SCCC and that want to try a new sport, Dowling College has its very own women’s field hockey team. They also offer basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
At the more well known expensive schools such as, New York University, home of the Bobcats, they have the ability to offer a wider variety of sport options. The men’s sports that NYU offers are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Men transferring from SCCC, also have the different option of participating in fencing, volleyball, and wrestling. Women can participate in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Women also transferring from SCCC, can try a new option like fencing.
NYU also offers 26 club sports including badminton, crew, kendo, ice hockey, ultimate Frisbee, equestrian, racquetball, and water polo.
Crew also known as rowing is a sport in which athletes race each other in boats on different bodies of water using oars to propel themselves.
“I would absolutely recommend someone take up rowing, you make close friendships with your teammates because it takes a lot of teamwork to control the boat, it’s different and an amazing sport to play,” Dowling College Student and 8 year Crew Athlete, Odane Lewis said.
With all the things students have to worry about, lets make playing a sport not one of them. Whether you are continuing to play a sport you love, or wanting to find a new sport to play, choosing the right college for you can definitely make that decision easier. If you decide to play as a Seawolf, a Golden Lion, a Bobcat, or which ever other team, just make sure that the college and sport you decide is right for you.