The Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams will travel to the Ratner Athletics Center in Chicago, Illinois for the 2017 University Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by the University of Chicago from Wednesday, February 8th –Saturday, February 11th.
The meet will kick off on Wednesday with preliminaries of the men's one-meter dive at 1:45 p.m. ET, with the finals of the event to follow at 6:30 p.m. ET. Swimming events will begin on Thursday and run through Saturday, with preliminaries beginning daily at 11:00 a.m. ET and finals at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The top-24 swimmers from the morning preliminaries will advance to 'A,' 'B,' and 'C' heats of the finals (of eight swimmers each) in the evening, with the top-three finishers in the finals earning All-UAA recognition. Each school has an opportunity to score with an 'A' team and a 'B' team in each relay, while for diving, the top-eight finishers in the afternoon preliminaries will advance to the finals at night.
As is usually the case, the field at the UAA Championships features some of the top teams in the country. Competing at the meet on the men's side, in addition to the 24th-ranked Spartans, will be second-ranked Emory University, sixth-ranked New York University, seventh-ranked Washington University (Mo.), ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University and the 11th-ranked University of Chicago. Ranked women's teams scheduled to attend the meet include top-ranked Emory, #5 NYU, #6 Washington (Mo.), #8 Chicago, #10 Carnegie Mellon and #22 Rochester.
Last season, the Case Western Reserve men placed sixth at the meet, while the women finished seventh. The men's squad's best finish came in both 2002 and 2012, when the team placed third each year. The women's best finish at the UAA Championships is also third, which the team accomplished each season from 2000-03.
CWRU junior Oliver Hudgins will look to build on his success at the conference championships last season, when he claimed all-UAA honors in the 200-yard backstroke with a third-place finish in a time of 1:50.00 (good for an NCAA 'B' cut). Hudgins added an UAA Championship in the 800-yard freestyle relay, along with junior Drew Hamilton, senior Andrew Henning and Aaron Tam.
Information on admission to the event, ticket prices and more is available on the official championship website at http://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/mswimdive/2016-17/uaa. Fans unable to attend can follow the action with live results at http://collegeswimming.us/results/76495/. There will also be a live video webcast of the meet at https://www.youtube.com/user/uchicagoathletics/live.
Results and a recap of the CWRU performances at the meet will be posted to athletics.case.edu at the end of each day of competition.