Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs
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|Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs|
|University||Southwest Minnesota State University|
|Conference||Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference|
|Athletic director||Chris Hmielewski|
|Football stadium||Mattke Field|
|Basketball arena||Recreation/Athletic Facility|
|Baseball stadium||Alumni Field|
|Other arenas||Physical Education Gym
Don Palm Natatorium
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The Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs (also SMSU Mustangs) are the athletic teams that represent Southwest Minnesota State University, located in Marshall, Minnesota, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Mustangs compete as members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for all 14 varsity sports. SMSU has been competing since 1969, but has been a part of the conference since the Northern Intercollegiate Conference and the Northern Sun Conference merged to form the NSIC in 1992.
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The student booster club for basketball is the Mustang Maniacs. Their slogan is, "Our team loves us and our opponents fear us". An annual basketball tradition is Hawaiian Night, which usually coincides with the Winter Meltdown festival held during the second week of the Spring Semester (which lasts from early January through early May).
Intramural sports include badminton, basketball, flag football, floor hockey, broomball, racquetball, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. The Mustang Rugby Club competes in the Minnesota Rugby Union (USA Rugby) and won the Minnesota Division III Championship in 2002. Recently the Mustangs Rugby Club won the Minnesota Division IIIB championship in 2010.