Feb. 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Fresh off of first earning and then celebrating a sweep of the team titles at the Patriot League Championship meet that was held last weekend in Lejeune Hall, the Navy swimming and diving programs will be back in the venue this week to play host to the ECAC Championship. The event begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
Trial heats will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a 9 a.m. start to the proceedings on Sunday. The evening session of finals will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Close to 25 teams are entered into the ECAC Championship. Besides Navy, the list of other teams sending either a partial or full squad of participants to the meet include Army, Bucknell, Columbia, Harvard, Marist, Rider and Towson.
Additionally, an ECAC Long Course (50-meter) Invitational will be held Thursday in Lejeune Hall to allow swimmers the opportunity to attain U.S. Olympic Trials cut times. Results from the long course invite, which will have identical event sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., have no bearing on the actual ECAC Championship.
Links to live results from all four days of competition can be found at NavySports.com.
Tickets, which are available for advance purchase at either NavySports.com or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY, are $8 for any single trial heat session, $10 for any individual session of finals and $35 for an all-session pass.
Admission to the long course meet is $10. The purchase of an all-session pass for the ECAC Championship does not include admission to the long course meet.
Due to security restrictions in place, no vehicle without a Department of Defense sticker affixed to it will be allowed to drive onto the USNA grounds. All other fans must either park outside of the USNA gates and walk through the security checkpoint at Gate One, or park at nearby Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ($5. per vehicle) and ride the free shuttle bus to and from the meet.
The Navy men's team, which last week won its ninth Patriot League crown in as many years of competing in the event, has won the ECAC title in each of the past three seasons. Navy's women's team, Patriot League champions for the third time in the last five years and the 11th time overall, has placed fifth, sixth and sixth, respectively, at the ECAC Championship over the last three seasons. This year will mark the first time in that span that a full complement of Navy women's swimmers will be taking part at the meet.
"We had some great swims and competition last weekend," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison, "and we look for more of the same this weekend. We have a few new athletes who did not compete last week stepping in to swim this weekend. It will be fun to see them compete in front of a home crowd."
"We are eagerly anticipating this week's competition," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "We expect some exciting racing to take place. Additionally, we are looking forward to the long course meet on Thursday which adds a new element to our winter championship season."