Friday, June 22, 2012

UNCW Team Surfs to Third Place at National Championship!

Congratulations to the UNCW Surf Team for placing third at the 2012 NSSA National Interscholastic Championships last weekend in Dana Point, California! One of UNC Wilmington's most popular club sports, the UNCW Surf Team has now been one the top four teams in the country for four consecutive years, and placed third for the second consecutive year. Team member Tony Silvagni, UNCW student and founder of the Tony Silvagni Surf School, even placed first in the collegiate longboarding category, not only helping UNCW place third but also the highest of all East Coast schools in the competition.

"As coach of the surf team, I am very proud of our team's performance at Nationals this year. As a professor, I am even more proud that our team GPA is 3.0. These students are true scholar athletes," said McNamara. Dr. McNamara is a professor of physics and physical oceanography on campus.

The team competed against other collegiate surf teams such as San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara, Florida Institute of Technology, Mira Costa, University of Central Florida, Saddleback, Flagler, UC San Diego, University of North Florida, Cal State San Marcos, UCLA, University of San Diego and USC. Congratulations again to these tremendous scholar athletes for their incredible achievement!

To learn more about the UNCW Surf Team, visit

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