Navy to Play Host to National Swim Meet
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Naval Academy will serve as the host for the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Invitational this week in Annapolis. Nearly 50 programs from across the country will send swimmers to the meet that runs Thursday through Saturday in Lejeune Hall.
The meet will consist of swimmers who met NCAA Championship time standards but did not receive an invitation to the national meet. Additionally, both individual event swimmers and relay teams could automatically qualify for the meet by virtue of winning the event at their conference championship, or by attaining other time standards established for the meet.
This is the fourth time the meet has been held (2014, ‘15, ‘16), but the first since it has been a true nationwide invitational.
“This year the CSCAA adds to the Championship season by re-launching the CSCAA National Invitational Championship,” said CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield. “As the NCAA meet has become the most exclusive in the world, and the caliber of athletes has exponentially grown, many of our best up-and-coming athletes are being left at home. The NIC promises to be a great experience for those athletes, whether as the culminating event of their college career or a launching pad to the NCAA Championship.”
“We are thrilled to be playing host to the CSCAA National Invitational,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison. “Being a relatively new concept in NCAA competitions, this meet will continue to grow every year. It is an awesome opportunity for our team to compete against teams outside of our region and against individuals that have proven to be national caliber. Following a very good conference championship season, we look forward to competing against the next level of student-athlete.”
“We are excited for this opportunity to compete again as a team,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “Hopefully this will serve as a significant stepping stone for our 2018 NCAA B qualifiers to get closer to earning an invitation to the 2019 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship.”
Trial heats will be held daily at 10:30 a.m., with finals slated for a 6 p.m. start each night. There will be both team and event champions crowned and recognized.
Though there will not be any diving events contested at the meet, scores from the various NCAA Zone Championships will be included into the team scores.
Air Force, Army, Boise State, Florida International, Grand Canyon, Houston, San Diego, South Carolina and Vanderbilt are just some of the schools slated to send swimmers to Annapolis this week.
Tickets are required to attend the meet. An all-session pass is available for $50 and a ticket to attend any of the six single sessions is $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance of the meet through the Navy Ticket Office by either calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or visiting NavySports.com (click on the TICKETS tab in the masthead, then select “Order Tickets Online” and scroll to the meet on the resulting page).
Seating within the 1,000-seat venue is general admission and available on a first come, first serve basis.
All ticket holders without a Department of Defense identification card must park their vehicle outside of the USNA grounds. Fans are strongly encouraged to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ($5. per vehicle) and ride the free shuttle bus to and from the meet. Shuttle bus service runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for prelims and 5-11 p.m. for finals. Those fans wishing to park downtown must enter the USNA through the gate one visitors center entrance.
Whether a visitor rides the shuttle bus to the USNA or walks through one of its gates, everyone ages 18 and older and must have and be prepared to display a valid picture ID card (i.e.: State issued driver’s license, student I.D., or a government issued passport). Visitors ages 17 and under who do not have a valid picture ID card must be escorted by an adult.
Live results from the meet can be accessed at NavySports.com (the link will not display information until Thursday).
Thursday, March 8
500 Freestyle (prelims and finals)
200 Individual Medley (prelims and finals)
50 Freestyle (prelims and finals)
200 Freestyle Relay (timed final at night)
400 Medley Relay (timed final at night)
Friday, March 9
400 Individual Medley (prelims and finals)
100 Butterfly (prelims and finals)
200 Freestyle (prelims and finals)
100 Breaststroke (prelims and finals)
100 Backstroke (prelims and finals)
200 Medley Relay (timed final at night)
800 Freestyle Relay (timed final at night)
Saturday, March 10
1650 Freestyle (timed final during prelims and finals)
100 Individual Medley (prelims and finals)
200 Backstroke (prelims and finals)
100 Freestyle (prelims and finals)
200 Breaststroke (prelims and finals)
200 Butterfly (prelims and finals)
400 Freestyle Relay (timed final at night)