Student Teams and Clubs Mark Winning SeasonJuly 2, l997-UMBC's student teams and clubs completed a winning season in extracurricular competitions ranging from debate and Model United Nations to crew and lacrosse.
- The Debate Team was one of only five U.S. university teams challenged by Oxford University's Debate Society during its spring American tour. The topic: "This House No Longer Believes in the American Dream." UMBC sided with the American dream and won decisively. UMBC is the first public university in the country invited to join the American Parliamentary Debate Association, which includes such institutions as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins.
- The Model United Nations team ranked in the top 10 per cent of 150 colleges and universities competing in the national Model U.N. Conference in New York City, sharing this honor with students from such schools as Georgetown, West Point, and the University of Chicago. The group has been invited to partner with a leading Japanese team in an upcoming competition at the University of California, Berkeley next year.
- The men's and women's crew teams were ranked in the top five of more than 35 programs in the Mid-Atlantic this past Fall. The men's varsity defeated Duke, North Carolina, William and Mary, and Johns Hopkins. The women's varsity won the gold medal at Philadelphia's Frostbite Regatta, defeating 35 other boats. UMBC crew also won the Baltimore Burn indoor rowing competition for the second year straight. The team's mean grade point average: 3.3.
- The nationally ranked Division-I men's lacrosse team completed a winning season this past spring, beating nine teams, including Cornell, Lehigh, and VMI. Coach Don Zimmerman, building for the future, has recruited stars from top-ranked Boy's Latin, St. Mary's, and Loyola high schools in Maryland, and players from New York State, Michigan, and Canada.