Loyola Swimmer Named to National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Sept. 3, 2008

BALTIMORE - Loyola College junior Eryn Crane has been named to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a representative of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Crane, a two-year letterwinner for the Greyhounds swimming and diving team, will begin her two-year term on the national SAAC this fall. She is a communications major with a specialization in journalism at Loyola.

"I feel lucky and honored to be representing the MAAC at a national level," Crane said. "Through my appointment and participation on the NCAA Division I Student Athletic Advisory Committee, I hope to benefit my fellow student athletes and make sure that their concerns are addressed and their voices are heard."

The Division I SAAC consists of 31 members, one from each conference. The members serve as student-athlete liaisons between the happenings on campus, conference and national levels.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity for Eryn to help shape the rules that govern college athletics," Loyola Head Swimming Coach Brian Loeffler said. "She has made such an impact on the team in her short time her so far at Loyola. I am sure she will excel in the new opportunity as well."

Each representative is responsible for gathering feedback and reporting out on behalf of their conference, as well as relaying important events, hot topics & educational information to both the campus and conference levels. In addition to relaying information across campuses and conferences, DI SAAC speaks on the behalf of the entire DI student-athlete body throughout the NCAA governance structure.

"It is a tremendous opportunity for Eryn, and we are excited that she will be representing Loyola and the MAAC at the national level," Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan said. "The NCAA takes student-athlete input and involvement to high levels, but there are few ways that are better to share their voices than through the national SAAC."