The University of Miami swimming team will be among the 17 teams competing at the DeNunzio Pool on the Princeton campus for the three-day Big Al Open, which runs from Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3.
The event is comprised of nine women’s teams and eight men’s teams, and will feature the host Tigers, Villanova, Dartmouth, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Rutgers, among others.
“We’re looking forward to the weekend and another chance to get on the block. It’s been a little while,” head swimming coach Andy Kershaw said. “Everybody is looking forward to that and a little anxious for that.
“It’s a little different style meet than we’ve been at. It’s an invitation-style meet, and I think that’s going to give a lot of people a good chance to step up and show all the hard work they’ve put in.”
Kershaw said the team has gone through extensive training leading into the Big Al Open, which represents Miami’s final team competition of 2017.
“They’ve put in a lot of hard work. It’s been our hardest block of work so far this year, leading up to Thanksgiving. We had a little bit of rest over the break, but now it’s time to unleash,” Kershaw said. “I’m looking forward to seeing them do that. It’s a chance for them to step up and be leaders in that regard.”
Each day will have a morning prelims session and an evening finals session, and diving will be held during all three days. The prelims will begin at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and at 9 a.m. on Sunday, while finals will be at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Kershaw thinks there are opportunities abound for the group of Hurricanes making the trip.
“We’re a young team, still. We have 14 going up and seven of them are freshmen,” he said. “There are all kinds of leadership opportunities for them to step up and show what they’re made of, and how much we’ve grown as a team. That’s a big part of the process, just developing and nurturing that young talent.”
Despite the lack of familiarity with the field, which has several Ivy League teams competing, Kershaw thinks his team will be prepared for the challenge.
“It’s a different field of teams we’re going to see. A lot of these teams we never see. That’s exciting, too,” he said. “We’ve never been to Princeton, and I hear it’s a place, great pool. We’re happy that they’re having us and we’re hoping to go in and tear it up.”
The full weekend will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network (subscription required), and live results will be available throughout all sessions. You can find links for both below.
Here is more information on the 2017 Big Al Open.
DATES/TIMES: Friday/Saturday: 10 am prelims, 6 pm finals. Sunday: 9 am prelims, 5 pm finals.
LOCATION: Denunzio Pool
TEAMS: Princeton (M/W), Brown (M/W), Columbia (M), Dartmouth (M/W), Johns Hopkins (M/W), Miami (W), Rider (M/W), Rutgers (W), Villanova (M/W), William & Mary (M/W).
DAILY SCHEDULE • SWIMMING
Friday • Prelims 11 am; Finals 6 pm
Women’s / Men’s 200 Free Relay
Women’s / Men’s 500 Free
Women’s / Men’s 200 IM
Women’s / Men’s 50 Free
Women’s / Men’s 400 Medley Relay
Saturday • Prelims 11 am; Finals 6 pm
Women’s / Men’s 200 Medley Relay
Women’s / Men’s 400 IM
Women’s / Men’s 100 Fly
Women’s / Men’s 200 Free
Women’s / Men’s 100 Breast
Women’s / Men’s 100 Back
Women’s / Men’s 800 Free Relay
Sunday • Prelims 10 am; Finals 5 pm
Women’s / Men’s 1650 Free
Women’s / Men’s 200 Back
Women’s / Men’s 100 Free
Women’s / Men’s 200 Breast
Women’s / Men’s 200 Fly
Women’s / Men’s 400 Free Relay
DAILY SCHEDULE • DIVING
11 am • Women’s 1m prelims
30 min break • Men’s 3m prelims
5:30 pm • Women’s 1m finals
6:30 pm • Men’s 3m finals
11 am • Men’s 1m prelims
30 min break • Women’s 3m prelims
5:30 pm • Men’s 1m finals
6:30 pm • Women’s 3m finals
12 pm • Combined platform