Presbyterian College added a women’s golf to the Big South’s all-decade teams for 2010-19 and received notification that two of its women’s sports have reached initial recognition from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Former PC golfer Celia Mansour was the latest from the Clinton school to be named to a Big South Conference all-decade team.
Mansour, who was in the Class of 2018, is a native of Toulouse, France.
Mansour shot a program and Big South Tournament record of 207 (-9) to win the 2017 Big South women's golf championship. She accumulated five top-10 finishes and two victories over two seasons with the Blue Hose. Mansour was twice named all-conference while also being named to the all-tournament Team in 2017 and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2018. She still holds the program records for 18 holes (-6) and 54 holes (-9).
Mansour joins Justin Bethel (football), Cortney Storey (women's basketball) and Grayson Mills (men's tennis) as PC's all-decade players.
The women’s golf all-decade consisted of seven golfers from Campbell and three from Coastal Carolina in addition to PC’s Mansour. The coach of the decade was the Camels’ John Crooks.
The NCAA added acrobatics/tumbling and women’s wrestling, both of which the Blue Hose added recently, to the Emerging Sports for Women program.
"This is a tremendous step for our sport as it has been many years in the making," said acrobatics and tumbling head coach Amber King. "There have been many administrators, coaches and student-athletes who have laid the groundwork and continue to invest in this sport, and this is a result of their hard work. It's exciting that, within two years of PC adding this new program, we have reached this milestone. So much history is happening within our sport and program here at Presbyterian and we are thrilled to keep marching forward and creating opportunities for young women here."
The two sports were recommended for the emerging sports program by the Committee on Women's Athletics in June of 2019. This program is a pipeline supporting the advancement of women's sports to NCAA championship status. The program also provides athletics opportunities for women and sport-sponsorship options for colleges and universities. Schools also may use an emerging sport to help meet minimum sports-sponsorship and financial aid requirements.
"This is an exciting time for women's wrestling," said head coach Dany DeAnda. “Having the support of the NCAA will hopefully encourage more universities to take the step towards adding more programs. This will also give young females the opportunity to compete at every level in what is the fastest growing women's sports in America right now. PC was on the forefront of this movement when they made the decision to add women's wrestling and become the first Division I program. We look forward to the continued growth of women's wrestling at the NCAA level."
A sport must have a minimum of 20 varsity teams and/or competitive club teams that have competed in a minimum of five contests to be considered for the emerging sports program.At present, 30 NCAA schools offer acrobatics/tumbling and 35 have women’s wrestling. The sport must reach 40 varsity programs to move forward to the NCAA governance structure for championship consideration.