Swimming & Diving Sets 2017-2018 Schedule
Colonials open new season Sept. 16
WASHINGTON - George Washington swimming and diving announced its 2017-2018 schedule Monday. Five home meets for the women and three for the men, plus an October trip to Florida, highlight the slate.
The men will try to defend their Atlantic 10 championship in the spring, while the women are looking to build on a sixth-place finish at the conference meet.
“Coming off a couple of successful years here, it’s definitely a case where we wanted to put together a strengthened schedule that’s more nationally competitive,” said Head Coach James Winchester, who is entering his third season. “We have some great teams in the region here, but there’s a couple of meets this fall that are definitely going to be highlights for us. It’s a good step in the progression of our program to start competing against higher competitive levels, which will hopefully take us up a notch, too.”
GW opens the season Sept. 16 at the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Open Water Nationals, a second-year long-distance event hosted by Kansas at Lone Star Lake.
“It’s an event which is definitely picking up a lot of traction, and I think it’s one where we could do particularly well,” Winchester said. “It should be a good early season test for our swimmers.”
The Colonials then head to Miami, along with Army, Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Grand Canyon and TCU, for the two-day FIU Fall Classic, which begins Oct. 6 at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.
The dual meet portion of the schedule begins Oct. 14 at Howard with the women also swimming against Division II Chowan College out of North Carolina.
GW hosts two meets at Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Alumni Weekend. The women welcome Marshall on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. before both squads meet Boston College the next day at 2:30 p.m.
Next comes a trip to Cleveland State’s Magnus Cup Invitational. The Colonials placed third on the men’s side and sixth among women’s teams at last year’s event.
The Colonials also host A-10 foes Davidson (Nov. 4) and Richmond (Dec. 2, women-only) this fall. The Spiders have won seven consecutive conference titles on the women’s side.
Following a winter training trip to Florida, GW preps for championship competition with a pair of local meets. The Colonials head to American on Jan. 13 to meet the host Eagles and Georgetown. They celebrate Senior Day in Foggy Bottom on Jan. 20 against Old Dominion.
The Johns Hopkins First Chance Meet on Jan. 26 and 27 represents the Buff and Blue’s final tune-up for the conference meet.
The 2017 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships begin on Feb. 14, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The GW men claimed 11 gold medals en route to their first championship in 2016, while the women broke 10 program records at the event.
“It’s a long season ahead of us.” Winchester said. “We’re definitely looking forward to the challenge. I’m excited to welcome our newcomers to campus and excited to see the returners. Hopefully with some good hard work and consistent effort daily, it should be a good year for our programs.”
The NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships starts on March 14, in Columbus, Ohio, while the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships run March 21-24, in Minneapolis.
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