The Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams will travel to the Madeleine Jude Brown Aquatic Center at the Woodruff P.E. Center in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2018 University Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Emory University from Wednesday, February 14th – Saturday, February 17th.
The meet will kick off on Wednesday with preliminaries of the women's one-meter dive at 12:45 p.m. E.T. with the finals of the event to follow at 5:30 p.m. ET. Swimming events will begin on Thursday and run through Saturday, with preliminaries beginning daily at 10:00 a.m. ET and finals at 5:30 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 17th-ranked Spartans, will be third-ranked Emory University, sixth-ranked Washington (Mo.) University, seventh-ranked New York University, the eighth-ranked University of Chicago and 12th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University. Ranked women's teams scheduled to attend the meet, in addition to the 23rd-ranked Spartans, include second-ranked Emory, #8 NYU, #9 Carnegie Mellon, #10 Chicago and #11 Washington (Mo.).
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 senior 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 freestyle with a third-place finish in a time of 1:40.68 and also claimed all-UAA honors in the 200-yard backstroke with a second-place finish in a time of 1:48.79 (good for an NCAA 'B' cut). Hudgins also added a UAA Championship in the 800-yard freestyle relay, along with senior Drew Hamilton, junior Brody Schmidt and Andrew Henning.
Information on admission to the event, ticket prices and more is available on the official championship website at http://www.emoryathletics.com/General/2018UAASwim-Dive/sdindex. Fans unable to attend can follow the action with live results at http://collegeswimming.us/results/104705/. There will also be a live video webcast of the meet at https://emory.prestosports.com/sports/mswimdive/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.