Intercollegiate Athletics

St. John’s College competes in a variety of intercollegiate athletics, from sailing regattas to the annual croquet match against the Naval Academy.


St. John's College Crew Team 2015
Members of the crew team compete against other colleges and universities from throughout the region.

Located on College Creek, Annapolis offers many opportunities for water sports. The Hodson Boathouse on the back campus serves as headquarters for an active crew program. Sweep-oar rowing and sculling are extremely popular sports. The crew team practices multiple mornings per week and competes in intercollegiate regattas. 


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The croquet team has a long and storied history.

Interested in learning how to play croquet with some of the best players in the country? The St. John’s College croquet team typically participates in the United States Croquet Association Collegiate Division and challenges the Naval Academy to the Annapolis Cup match each spring.

True to the St. John’s spirit, all students are welcome to join the team, even if they have no prior experience. Practices consist mostly of games, rather than repetitive exercises. Players simultaneously learn the physical aspects of the sport and the strategies needed to win. Members of the croquet team are usually out on the field several times a week, willing to give newcomers lessons.


Members of the HEMA club practice an art slightly different from traditional fencing.

The St. John’s College Fencing Union is a year-round club for the sport of fencing. Fencers practice and compete in all three modern weapons—foil, épée, and saber.

The club hosts tournaments on behalf of the Maryland Division of the United States Fencing Association, open to all USFA members of the appropriate ranking. The undergraduate students also compete against other collegiate teams in the Baltimore-Washington Collegiate Fencing Conference (BWCFC), a 12-school consortium of varsity and club fencing teams.

Floor time and instruction are available on-site. Equipment is also available for use at the club. For more information, please contact Robert Smith at coach(at)

The college also has a Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA) club.


The college has a fleet of boats for the sailing team.

The mission of the St. John’s intercollegiate sailing team is to introduce students to the exciting world of competitive sailing. As a member of the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association, the St. John’s College Sailing Team competes in three to four regattas per semester in FJs and lasers. The sailing team has a dedicated coach and practices several times a week, including occasional scrimmages with the Naval Academy.