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Intercollegiate Athletics

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


Located at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Severn River, Annapolis is synonymous with water sports. The Hodson Boathouse, one of the loveliest in the mid-Atlantic region, serves as headquarters for an active crew program. Sweep-oar rowing and sculling are extremely popular sports. The college team practices multiple mornings per week and competes in intercollegiate regattas.


One of St. John’s longest standing and most cherished traditions is croquet. In addition to the annual croquet match with the US Naval Academy, St. John’s competes at the National Collegiate Croquet Championships, where Johnnies go toe-to-toe with some of the top colleges in the country. St. John’s holds more national titles than any other team in the league.

True to the St. John’s spirit, all students are welcome to join the team, even if they have no prior experience. The croquet team is usually out on the field three times a week, willing to give newcomers lessons. Practices consist mostly of games, rather than repetitive exercises. Players simultaneously learn the physical aspects of the sport and the strategies needed to win. The friendly atmosphere and carefree nature of the game attracts a lot of students; many end up becoming good friends as well as teammates.


The St. John’s College Fencing Union is a year-round club for the sport of fencing. Our 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.

The club practices in Iglehart Hall on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Floor time and instruction are available on-site. Equipment is also available for use at the club.

For more information, please contact: Coach Robert Smith at


The mission of the St. John’s intercollegiate sailing team is to introduce students to the exciting world of competitive sailing on the Chesapeake. 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.