Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Schedules Announced for 2006-07 Season
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; July 21, 2006 - Penn State head swimming and diving coach Bill Dorenkott today announced the 2006-07 schedules for both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams. The women's team will hold four home meets while the men's team will be home for two meets this upcoming season. As usual, the schedule includes some of the top competition in collegiate swimming and diving.
"Our staff feels good about the challenges and opportunities in the 2006-07 schedule," said Dorenkott. "The main objective is to best prepare our student-athletes for our end-of-the-season competitions."
Both teams will start out the season with an intrasquad meet on Friday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the McCoy Natatorium on campus.
After that, they will both head out to West Virginia on October 19 for a dual meet and a week later will go to Charlottesville for a quad-meet with Virginia, Clemson, and Virginia Tech on October 27-28.
From that point, the men's and women's teams will split up for one meet each. The women's team will host the Big Cat Invitational the weekend of November 4-5 while the men's team will be off until the following weekend when it travels to West Lafayette for a five-team meet with Purdue, Utah, Georgia and Louisville. Both teams then will join together once again to wrap up the month of November when they head to Toronto for the Bell Grand Prix meet the weekend following Thanksgiving. Both teams will then close out the fall semester by hosting West Chester at McCoy Natatorium on Saturday, December 2.
After nearly a month off for finals, both Nittany Lion teams will return to action over winter break when they travel to Naples, Fla. for a training trip that will also include a pair of competitions.
Both teams will head up to Athens, Ga. for the Georgia Diving Invite the first weekend of January and then both teams will also compete in Florida in a meet to be announced the following weekend. From there, the teams will return home for their final home meets of the year.
The women's team will host a dual meet with Ohio State on Friday, January 19 before both teams host Rutgers a day later on Saturday.
Both teams then close out the month of January with a meet in South Bend, Ind. hosted by Notre Dame that also will feature West Virginia, Connecticut and Oakland.
The women's Big Ten Championships will be contested February 8-10 and will be hosted by Minnesota. The men's Big Ten Championships will the following weekend and will be hosted by Ohio State. The Last Chance Meet, a post-Big Ten Championships meet that offers swimmers and divers a last chance to earn a qualifying time or score for the NCAA Championships, will be held the following weekend after Big Ten Championships for both teams. The women's NCAA Championships will be held March 8-10 in Minneapolis while the men's NCAA Championships are also in Minneapolis the following weekend.
"This is a unique year with both our conference and NCAA Championships moved up due to World Championships in March and that is combined with our adjusted academic calendar with the second semester starting January 16th," said Dorenkott. "We felt that the meet in Canada at midyear would meet our needs for the fall and also set us up for a great second half of the year."