The University of West Florida women’s swimming and diving team released its schedule on Monday, as announced by head coach Andrew Hancock. The team is coming off a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships for a second consecutive season.
The schedule includes four home meets and matchups with four Division I programs.
“We’re pleased with the way the schedule came together, and we have a great mix of strong Division II opponents and some of the toughest DI programs in the nation, with Florida State, Tulane and Alabama,” Hancock said. “We think that this year’s schedule will really prepare our young and talented team for the rigors of conference and national competition. We’re ready to start training and start swimming.”
Following an intrasquad meet on Friday, September 22 in the UWF Aquatic Center, the Argonauts will open the regular season with a diving-only event against Birmingham Southern and Emory, in Moultrie, Georgia, on September 30 and October 1.
The team then heads to Davie, Florida, for the Shark Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern on October 13-14. Nova Southeastern finished fourth at the NCAA Championships last year, and this will be UWF’s first trip to the Shark Invitational. Joining UWF in the Shark Invitational field are Indianapolis, Wingate, Carson-Newman, and Florida Southern, which all finished the 2016-17 season ranked in the CSCAA Top 25, and reigning National Junior College Athletic Association national champions Indian River.
West Florida will host two meets on the following weekend, beginning Friday, October 20 with a double-dual meet against Loyola New Orleans and Thomas (Ga.). UWF defeated Loyola New Orleans at the UWF Aquatic Center last year, in Loyola’s first year of competition.
The Argonauts will welcome Division I foe Tulane on Saturday, October 21, marking the fourth matchup against the Green Wave in UWF history.
UWF will visit Tallahassee, Florida, for a quad meet against Florida State, Florida Southern and North Florida, on November 4. The Argonauts competed in a similar meet last year, going against FSU, FSC and meet host Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers.
The West Florida divers will head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for a meet against Alabama on November 11, before competing in the Delta Diving Invitational in Cleveland, Mississippi, from November 17-19. The meet against Alabama will be a return trip to Tuscaloosa for Marissa and Mariah Constantakos and Carson Bronnenberg, after having made the trip last year.
The swimmers will compete in the Panther Invitational in Melbourne, Florida while the divers are at Delta State, from November 17-19. The Argonauts dominated at the meet last year, winning 14 of 17 events across the three-day competition.
UWF will open the spring with a quad meet against Northern Michigan, Ouachita Baptist and Brenau on January 5 at the UWF Aquatic Center. The meet will mark the Argonauts’ first regular-season action against Northern Michigan, which finished 19th at the NCAA Championships in 2017 and returns a national champion in Rachel Helm (100 Back).
On January 20, UWF will take the trip to Cleveland, Mississippi, for a tri meet against conference foe Delta State and reigning eight-time DIII national champions Emory.
UWF wraps up the regular season with a Senior Day meet against Georgia Southern on January 27, before heading to Cleveland, Mississippi, for the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Championships from February 21-24.
The 2017-18 NCAA Division II Championships will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina, which is hosting the DII championship meet for the first time.