June 14, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio – Fresh off a second-place finish at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships and being selected as the best Mid-Major program in the country, Ohio Swimming and Diving is looking ahead to the 2012-13 season. Head Coach Greg Werner put this process in motion on Thursday, announcing the team’s upcoming schedule.
The Bobcats will host six home dual meets during the upcoming season, three of which will be against MAC foes while the remaining three will pit the Green and White against opponents from different leagues. Following the annual Intra-squad meet on Oct. 12, Ohio will welcome Eastern Michigan to the Aquatic Center for an Oct. 27 competition. If recent history is a guide, this is sure to be an exciting dual meet. In fact, Ohio’s dual meet at Eastern Michigan from last season was recently named one of the ten most exciting meets in the country by Profiles in Excellence, an annual swimming publication.
Ohio will then host in-state rival Ohio State on Nov. 10. The Bobcats picked up one of their two dual-meet defeats last season at the hands of the then No. 13 Buckeyes, losing in Columbus on Nov. 12.
The ‘Cats will end the 2012 calendar year with two invitational tournaments. Ohio will compete at the Patriot Invite in Fairfax, Va. from Nov. 15-17 before heading up to Akron to compete in the Annual Zippy Invitational at the end of November. The Bobcats will be looking to continue their dominance at the Zippy Invitational during this upcoming season, as they claimed their sixth straight tournament title during the 2011-12 campaign.
Ohio will ring in the new year with three straight road dual meets, facing off against Denison (Jan. 12), Marshall (Jan. 22) and West Virginia (Jan. 26). The Bobcats are then slated to close out the regular season with four straight home contests, hosting Xavier (Feb. 1), defending MAC Champion Toledo (Feb. 2), Youngstown State (Feb. 8) and Miami (Feb. 9).
The 2012-13 MAC Championships will be in Buffalo, N.Y. from Feb. 28 through Mar. 2. Ohio earned top honors the last time the Championships were in Buffalo, scoring 679.5 points during the 2007-08 season.
Following the MAC Championships, qualified individual divers from Ohio will compete at the NCAA Zone Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. from Mar. 14-16. If any Bobcat student-athletes qualify for the 2013 NCAA Championships, they will compete in Indianapolis between Mar. 21 and 23.