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At a Glance
Affiliation: Colby competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Founded in 1971, the conference includes 11 highly selective liberal arts colleges that are committed to academic excellence and believe that athletic excellence supports their educational missions.
Division: All varsity sports compete in NCAA Division III, with the exception of alpine and nordic skiing, which compete in Division I.About Colby Teams:
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Facilities:The Harold Alfond Athletic Center is one of the finest college facilities in New England. The 197,064-square-foot complex includes a 25-yard by 25-meter pool, ice hockey arena, field house with indoor track and tennis courts, two basketball courts, squash courts, weight-training and fitness center, aerobics room, saunas, a climbing wall, and a training and physical therapy center. Outdoors there are a synthetic track, 50 acres of playing fields, 10 newly resurfaced tennis courts, cross-country running and ski trails, ice skating on Johnson Pond, and a lumberjack area for woodsmen's meets.
After reading Smith's article, a group of students located a white mule on a Kennebec farm and borrowed the animal for the Bates game on Armistice Day in 1923. Dressed in blue and grey, the mule was placed at the head of the band and student body as they marched onto the field.
Colby defeated Bates 9 to 6 that day with the help of its newfound mascot. The win was enough to make Joe Smith's suggestion permanent. Today we are still the white mules and now you know why.
--Taken from: The History of Colby College by Ernest Cummings Marriner, 1963