June 3, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – After taking home its second straight silver medal at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships and sending five student-athletes to postseason competitions, the Ohio University swimming and diving team has finalized its 2013-14 competition schedule, the entirety of which was released Monday.
Together with its MAC dual-meet schedule, Ohio will compete against six non-conference teams including Marshall, West Virginia, and in-state rival Ohio State. Ohio took down both Marshall and West Virginia during the 2012-13 season and lost a home dual against the Buckeyes.
“We’re excited about this schedule,” head coach Greg Werner said. “We compete against more MAC teams this year so we’re excited about that. We also feel that it’s an upgrade with the opportunity to compete against some ACC teams and possibly even some SEC teams at the November Hokie Invitational. Picking up a dual meet against another Big 12 school in Iowa State should help prepare us for the (MAC) Championships.”
The 2013-14 season kicks off on Oct. 11 with the annual Intra-Squad meet, followed by back-to-back MAC competitions. The Bobcats face Ball State in Muncie, Ind., on Oct. 26 before hosting Buffalo at the Aquatic Center for the ‘Cats' first home meet of the season on Nov. 2. Ohio challenges Marshall in a home meet six days later, an event which is followed by a trip to Columbus for an encounter with Ohio State on Nov. 9.
Ohio travels to Christiansburg, Va., November 21-23 to compete in the Hokie Invitational. Three MAC competitions against Akron, Bowling Green, and Miami, and four non-conference meets against Denison, West Virginia/Iowa State (tri-meet), and Xavier remain in the latter half of the season. Ohio concludes regular-season competition against rival Miami on Feb. 8.
Ohio’s dual meet against Akron on Jan. 25 will be held at a neutral site in Geneva, Ohio. This same facility will be the location of the 2013-14 MAC Championships beginning in late February.
“I think it’s going to be a great competition, especially that late in the season,” said Werner of the Feb. 1 tri-meet with Iowa State and West Virginia. “This will challenge us and prepare us for that next weekend’s conference dual meet and also the conference championships.”
“We’re really excited about it, because we used to do double duals in years past,” Werner continued. “Having more bodies on the pool deck, more competition, and more fans in the stands: I’ve always enjoyed that environment, so we’re looking forward to having that, especially here in Athens.”
Toledo and the Mid-American Conference will host the MAC Championships in Geneva from Feb. 27 – Mar. 1 as the ‘Cats will hope to end the year on a high note. On March 13-15, the NCAA Zone Championships will take place in Columbus, Ohio. The NCAA Championships will then be held in Minneapolis, Minn., March 20-22.
Last season, Ohio sent four divers to the NCAA Zone Championships and one swimmer to the NCAA Championships.
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