SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships are set to begin Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the Midco Aquatic Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The championship meet will kick off Wednesday afternoon with the women's three-meter diving prelims at 2:30 p.m. CT. Team champions will be awarded Saturday night after the conclusion of the men's and women's 400 free relays. The Men's and Women's Swimmer, Diver and Newcomer of the Championships, along with the Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Championships, will also be revealed Saturday. For a full schedule of events, click here.
Full information is available on the Swimming and Diving Championships web page. Results will be available on The Summit League's website and updates will be available on Twitter @summitchamps. Live results of the championship meet will be available here. A live stream of the championships will be available here.
What to Watch for: The Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships
- This is the first year The Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships will be hosted at the Midco Aquatic Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Denver looks to claim both men's and women's team titles for the fifth-consecutive season. Last year, Denver set 14 new championship records and swept every swimming event. The Pioneers bring back 19 all-leaguers from last year, including nine individual event champions. Two-time Swimmer of the Year Anton Loncar will compete in his final championship, while two-time Swimmer of the Year and All-American Bailey Andison looks to defend three event titles.
- During the 2017-18 campaign, the Pioneer men and women have combined to break six all-time Summit League individual and relay records.
- South Dakota State has 16 swimmers that rank among the league's top ten in their respective events. Senior Dan Jacobson holds the eighth-best league time in the 50 free (20.80) and the 10th-best time in the 100 back (51.86). Freshman Rori Conners ranks eighth in the league in the 500 free (5:02.04), fourth in the 1000 free (10:25.70) and fourth in the 1650 free (17:31.73).
- South Dakota's Isaac Morris and Sarah Schank have dominated the Diver of the Week awards this season, each earning the honor six times. Schank holds the top mark in both the 1-meter (296.85) and 3-meter (292.60). Morris ranks first on the 3-meter (357.68) and third on the 1-meter (317.25) for the season.
- Erica Hagen of Western Illinois ranks fifth in the 1650 free (1:03.33) and seventh in the 200 breast (2:21.55)
- Lauren Oostman of Eastern Illinois ranks third in the 200 back (2:02.85), while teammate Matt Jacobs ranks in the top-10 in the 100 breast and 200 breast.
- Andrea Brosnahan, Monica Houck and Annika Clinton made Omaha history this year, all clinching NCAA Zone Diving berths. The three are the only divers in Maverick history to qualify for the NCAA Diving Championships. Clinton ranks second in the league on the 1-meter (285.75) and Houck ranks third on the 3-meter (284.55).
- Valparaiso's Dylan Kirar ranks in the top-10 in the 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free and 400 IM.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.