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Swimming and Diving Release 2014-15 Schedule

 
Thomas Dahlia is one of the Cardinals' top returnees.

Thomas Dahlia is one of the Cardinals' top returnees.

July 10, 2014

The University of Louisville men's and women's swimming teams will host six home events as part of an ambitious slate according to the schedule released by U of L head coach Arthur Albiero.

"Our goal was to enhance our competition level in the 2014-2015 meet schedule, and I feel we accomplished just that," said Albiero. "We look forward to measuring ourselves against great competition early and often, as we prepare for ACCs and NCAAs."

The Cards open up by hosting Xavier on Oct. 10 before the women head to the SMU Classic in Dallas. Both teams will head to Ann Arbor for a four-way meet with powers Michigan, Indiana and Texas on Oct. 24-25. UofL will then host long-time rival Cincinnati Nov. 1 before hosting North Carolina on Nov. 11-12 in the Cardinals' ACC debut.

The Cardinals then head to Knoxville to take on Tennessee and Auburn, two powerhouses in the SEC on Nov. 14. The UofL Invitational will feature UConn, Missouri State, Southern Illinois, WKU and James Madison with long course in the morning and short course in the evening session. Up next for the Cards will be the USA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. on Dec. 4-6.

After the break, the Cardinals host Florida State Jan. 9-10 before heading to Lexington for the yearly rivalry meet with Kentucky on Jan. 24. On Jan. 30, the women will take on Indiana with a split squad of men and the rest of the men will take on Ohio State in Columbus on Jan. 31. UofL will host another Louisville Invitational on Feb. 14-15 with the rest of the field yet to be announced.

The Cards will throw their hat in the ring in their inaugural appearance in the ACC Championship with the women competing Feb. 19-21 and the men competing Feb. 26-28 in Atlanta.

The 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships for the women will take place March 19-21 in Greensboro, N.C. Cardinal women finished 15th overall in 2014 at the NCAA meet and will look to jump into the top 10. The NCAA meet for the men will be held from March 26-28 in the Iowa City. The Cards finished in 11th place at last year's meet with two national titles in the 100 and 200 freestyle.

 

 

Here are some notes on the Cardinals' opponents:

XAVIER

Men's

• Crowned BIG EAST Champions in its first year of the conference with 924 points

• Senior Chad Thompson was voted the Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer by the head coaches

• Head Coach Brent MacDonald was named Men's Coach of the Year

Women's

• Finished third in the BIG EAST with 574 points

• Nine Musketeers from the women's squad collected the All-BIG EAST award by medaling in any one of the events at the conference championships.

MICHIGAN

Men's

• Finished fourth at the NCAA Championships

• Won its fourth consecutive Big Ten Championship

• Connor Jaeger, Big Ten Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year, repeated as national champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle. He earned three NCAA All-America honors, three Big Ten titles (two individual, one relay), and set an NCAA record in February as part of the 800-yard freestyle relay team.

Women's

• Placed 30th at the NCAA Championships

• Ranked No. 20 going into the NCAA Championships

• Finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships

• Samantha Yeo, a member of the Singapore National Team, will join the Wolverines this fall, adding to a highly touted freshman class

TEXAS

Men's

• Finished second at the NCAA Championships with 417.5 points. Texas has placed among the top-three in 28 of 36 NCAA Championship meets during Head Coach Eddie Reese's tenure on the Forty Acres.

• Freshman diver Michael Hixon was selected as the NCAA Championships' Diver of the Meet.

• Won Big 12 Championship

Women's

• Placed ninth for a third consecutive season at the NCAA Championships, totaling 144 points.

• Ranked No. 6 heading into the NCAA Championships, Texas won its second consecutive Big 12 Championship with a team total of 1,109.5 points.

• UT Men's Diving Coach Matt Scoggin was named head coach of USA Diving's team for the upcoming FINA Diving World Cup. Two of the 12 athletes on the World Cup team are coached by Scoggin, with Murphy Bromberg and Maren Taylor. Bromberg and Taylor won their respective events at the 2013 USA Diving Winter National Championships last December to earn their spots on the World Cup team.

INDIANA

Men's

• Finished 10th at the NCAA Championships with 141 points • Graduating senior Darian Schmidt was tabbed the Big Ten Diver of the Year. • Finished second after collecting 564 points at Big Ten Championship

Women's

• Finished 12th place with 118 points at the NCAA Championships • Rising junior Brooklynn Snodgrass was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year • Gia Dalesandro was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

OHIO STATE

Men's

• Finished third with 515 points at the Big Ten Championships

• Finished 18th at the NCAA Championships

• Went 10-1 in dual meet and was ranked as high as No. 4 during the season.

• Entering 2014-15, the Buckeyes return three first team All-Big Ten members - Matt McHugh, Michael DiSalle and Josh Fleagle.

Women's

• Finished 41st at the NCAA Championships

• Placed fourth at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. It was the fourth time in three days that the Buckeyes established a new school record.

• Ashley Vance, who established two school records at the Big Ten Championships (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), was named First Team All-Big Ten.

CINCINNATI

Men's

• Placed fourth in the AAC Championships

Women's

• Finished fifth at the AAC Championships with 431 points.

• Rising sophomore Jackie Keire concluded competition in three events at the NCAA Championships, highlighted by a 23rd-place finish in the 200 freestyle.

NORTH CAROLINA

Men's

• Ranked No. 14 going into the NCAA Championships, the Tar Heels finished 38th as a team with seven points.

• Rising senior Patrick Myers broke his own school record in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships.

• Finished eighth in the ACC Championships

Women's

• Ranked No. 10 going into the NCAA Championships, the team finished 19th with 41 points

• Finished fourth at ACC Championships

TENNESSEE

Men's

• Rising redshirt junior Mauricio Robles was named the SEC Male Diver of the Year

• The team finished 15th at the NCAA Championships with seven of the 10 UT representatives in the NCAA meet set to return next year

• Finished sixth at the SEC Championships with 713 points

Women's

• 7th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the team's third consecutive top-10 finish at NCAAs after taking third a year ago.

• Finished fifth with 780 points at the SEC

AUBURN

Men's

• Finished sixth at the NCAA Championships

• The team of Marcelo Chierighini (graduating senior), James Disney-May (graduating senior), Arthur Mendes (rising junior) and Kyle Darmody (rising sophomore) set a pool record at the NCAA Championships with the second-fastest time of the year for the 400-relay at 2:48.33.

• At the SEC Championships, senior Marcelo Chierighini defended his 100 freestyle title for the third straight season by swimming the nation's fastest time of the year at 41.90.

• The team finished in second place with 1,280.5 points

Women's

• Finished 14th overall at the NCAA Championships with 62 points.

• Finished fourth at the SEC Championships

FLORIDA STATE

Men's

• Placed 14th at the NCAA Championships with a total of 105 points

• Finished second at the ACC Championships

Women's

• Placed 30th at the NCAA Championships with five All-America honorable mention swims, led mostly by upperclassmen.

• Place third at the ACC Championships

• Graduating redshirt senior Katrina Young won gold at the ACC Championships with a tally of 364.70

KENTUCKY

Men's

• Finished 37th at the NCAA Championships

• Finished eighth at the SEC Championships with 522 points overall

Women's

• Finished 23rd at the NCAA Championships, highlighted by a fifth-place finish, school-record time from rising senior Christina Bechtel in the 200 butterfly

• Finished 10th at the SEC Championships with 426 points.

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