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As Easy as Divisions I, II, III

Krista Chauvin has enjoyed her experiences at every level of NCAA athletics

Chauvin competed in Division I as a Runnin’ Bulldog, Division II as a Skyhawk and Division III as a Corsair. She calls her experience “the best of both worlds” – or, perhaps, all three. GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY PHOTO

Participating in college sports has exposed Krista Chauvin to every level of NCAA athletics.

Chauvin is finishing up her college eligibility as a graduate student at Gardner-Webb University, where she was the team’s starting goalkeeper in soccer and will throw the hammer in track and field.

Before heading to Gardner-Webb to study sport and science pedagogy, Chauvin competed in track and field at Division II Stonehill College in Massachusetts in 2010 and used two more years of eligibility in both sports at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, a Division III school from which she earned a degree in psychology. During her junior season, Chauvin was a Division III All-American in the hammer, finishing fifth in the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.

After graduating, Chauvin still had one year of eligibility remaining in both soccer and track and field, so the Seekonk, Massachusetts, native chose to compete at the Division I level at Gardner-Webb, which had recruited her in high school.

“I like the team aspect of soccer, but I also enjoy the individualism of competing in the hammer,” Chauvin said. “I get to compete in the best of both worlds in all three divisions … I have a goal of being an All-American at the DI level. That would be crazy.”

 

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