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Photo: Courtesy of Tufts Women’s Rugby

Club sports at Tufts may not be as intensely competitive as their varsity counterparts, but our teams have been doing plenty of winning. The women’s ultimate Frisbee club, for instance, has made nationals four years in a row. Then there’s the men’s rugby team, which last year made it to the national championship game. The equestrian club, meanwhile, placed tenth at the national championship in 2015 and has won five consecutive regional titles. And don’t forget about skiing, with the women last year racing to second place in the Thompson Division of the United States Collegiate Ski Association, and the men placing third. 

In all, there are twenty-three club sports at Tufts—everything from cycling and karate to rock climbing and fencing—and 750 or so students participate in them. What’s driving this lively scene? Taegan Williams, E18, co-captain of Tufts’ newest club, women’s water polo, says that club sports combine scheduling flexibility and enjoyable competition: “Being on a club team has allowed me to find the right balance between academics and extracurriculars, especially as a mechanical engineering major.”

—Laura Ferguson

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Laura Ferguson, senior writer at Tufts and regular Tufts Now contributor, can be reached at