Merchant Marine Mariners

The United States Merchant Marine Academy's intercollegiate sports teams are called the Mariners and they compete in the Division III of the NCAA, generally as a charter member of the Landmark Conference.[1] In 2016, they returned to the Skyline Conference in all sports. Men's sports include baseball, football, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, wrestling and track & field. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, swimming & diving, track & field and volleyball.

Merchant Marine Mariners
UniversityUnited States Merchant Marine Academy
ConferenceLandmark Conference, Liberty League
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorCapt. William G. Fell, Jr. (interim)
LocationKings Point, New York
Varsity teams18
Football stadiumCaptain James Harvey Tomb Field
Basketball arenaEdwin J. O'Hara Hall
Baseball stadiumLower Roosevelt Field
MascotSalty the Sea Eagle
ColorsBlue and Gray

In football, the teams were an associate member of the Liberty League until 2017, when they joined the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference as an associate member. In collegiate wrestling, they are a member of the Centennial Conference. The USMMA was a member of the Skyline Conference until the 2006–07 season. The football teams also plays for an annual rivalry trophy in football, known as the Secretaries Cup, against the Bears of the United States Coast Guard Academy.

In rugby, the USMMA competes in the MetNy Rugby Football Union where the team was the first division champion from 2005–2006.

The men's swim & dive team has had a long history of success, winning 16 straight conference championships (2000–2015) and are the only team to win the Landmark Conference championship.

The USMMA Varsity Intercollegiate Sailing Team competes at the Division I level and is a member of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) and has fifteen Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) national championships to its credit, as well as nearly two dozen district titles. The Mariners won their first ICSA National (now "North American") Championship in 1979. The Mariners have four dinghy championships in 1979, 1983, 1984, and 1987. Six sailors have received College Sailor of the Year recognition, Jonathan Wright 1971, Alex Smigelski 1979, Morgan Reeser, 1983 & 1984, Jay Renehan 1985, William Hardesty III, 1998. The school has had 32 All American Skippers, 11 Honorable mention skippers, and 10 All American crews.


  1. "United States Merchant Marine Academy Athletics". Retrieved September 26, 2017.
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