2016 Conference Champ Primer – Division I

February means one thing to college swimming fans: the start of conference championship season.

In preparation for the coming month of NCAA action, we’ve compiled a listing of every conference meet in the NCAA’s Division I. Stay tuned to SwimSwam.com for primers on Division II and Division III, as well as more in-depth looks at each of the major conference championships.

You can bookmark this page to get continuing information on each conference championships, as we’ll be adding links to live results, live video, championship central sites and more as they become available.

Week 1

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) – Men and Women

Teams: Bryant, Canisius, Fairfield, Iona, Manhattan, Marist, Monmouth, Niagara, Rider, Saint Peter’s, Siena

America East – Women

Teams: Binghamton, Maine, UMBC, New Hampshire, Vermont

 

Week 2

SEC – Women

  • Tuesday, February 16 – Saturday, February 20
  • Mizzou Aquatic Center, Columbia, MO (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Georgia (5x) (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

SEC – Men

  • Tuesday, February 16 – Saturday, February 20
  • Mizzou Aquatic Center, Columbia, MO (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Florida (2x) (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M, LSU, Kentucky

Big Ten Women

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20
  • Canham Natatorium, Ann Arbor, MI (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Minnesota (4x) (results)
  • Live results (Will be here once meet starts)
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers, Illinois, Michigan State

ACC – Women

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greenboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Virginia (8x) (results)
  • Psych sheets
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Louisville, NC State, Notre Dame, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Miami, Georgia Tech, Duke, Boston College, Clemson

AAC –  Women & Men

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20
  • CRWC Natatorium, Houston, TX (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: East Carolina men & SMU women (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: SMU, UConn, East Carolina, Cincinnati, Houston (women only), Tulane (women only)

Atlantic 10 – Men and Women

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20
  • Spire Institute, Geneva, OH (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Massachusetts men & Richmond women (5x) (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video
  • Championship Central

Teams: Massachusetts, Davidson, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, George Washington, Richmond (women only), Duquesne (women only), Rhode Island (women only)

Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) – Men and Women

Teams: Incarnate Word, Gardner-Webb, Virginia Military Institute, Howard, UMBC (men only), New Jersey Tech (men only), Florida Atlantic (men only), Old Dominion (men only), Florida Gulf Coast (women only), Liberty (women only), Georgia Southern (women only), Campbell (women only), UNC-Asheville (women only), North Florida (women only), North Carolina A&T (women only)

Missouri Valley Conference – Women

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20
  • Shea Natatorium, SIU, Carbondale, IL (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Missouri State (8x) (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Evansville, Norther Iowa, Arkansas – Little Rock

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) – Men and Women

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20
  • East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA (Pacific Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Brigham Young men (2x) & Hawaii women (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Brigham Young, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii, Cal Poly, Pacific, UC-Davis (women only), San Diego (women only)

Mountain West Conference – Women

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20
  • Texas A&M Natatorium, College Station, TX (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: San Diego State (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: San Diego State, Boise State, Nevada, Wyoming, UNLV, Air Force, San Jose State, Fresno State, New Mexico, Colorado

Patriot League – Men and Women

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20
  • U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Navy men & Navy women (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: American, Army West Point, Bucknell, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola, Navy

Summit League – Men and Women

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20
  • IUPUI Natatorium, Indianapolis, IN (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Denver women & Denver men (results)
  • Live results (will be here once meet begins)
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Denver, Eastern Illinois, IUPUI, Omaha, South Dakkota, South Dakota State, Western Illinois

Ivy League – Women

Teams: Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth

 

Week 3

Big Ten – Men

Teams: Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan State

ACC – Men

  • Thursday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27 (diving Feb. 17-20)
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: NC State (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: NC State, Louisville, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Virginia, Duke, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Miami

Pac-12 – Women

  • Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
  • Federal Way, WA (Pacific Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: California (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: California, Stanford, Southern California, Arizona, UCLA, Utah, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State

Big 12 – Men and Women

  • Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
  • Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Texas men (19x) & Texas women (4x) (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Texas, Texas Christian, West Virginia, Kansas (women only), Iowa State (women only)

Big East – Men and Women

  • Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
  • Nassau Aquatic Center, East Meadow, NY (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Villanova women (2x) & Xavier men (2x) (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Villanova, Georgetown, Xavier, Seton Hall, Providence, Butler (women only)

Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) – Men and Women

  • Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
  • Richmond, VA (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: William & Mary men & Towson women (3x) (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Towson, William & Mary, Delaware, UNC-Wilmington, College of Charleston, Drexel, James Madison (women only), Northeastern (women only)

Conference-USA – Women

  • Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
  • Georgia Tech Aquatics Center, Atlanta, GA (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Florida Internaitonal (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Florida Internaitonal, Rice, Marshall, North Texas, Florida Atlantic, Old Dominion

Horizon League – Men and Women

  • Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
  • Oakland Aquatic Center, Rochester, MI (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Oakland men (2x) & Oakland women (2x) (results)
  • Live results (will be here once meet starts)
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Cleveland State, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Oakland, UIC, Valparaiso, Wright State, Youngstown State (women only)

Mid-American Conference (MAC) – Women

  • Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
  • Cooper Pool, Bowling Green, OH (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Akron (2x) (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Akron, Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Ohio, Toledo, Ball State

Northeast Conference (NEC) – Women

  • Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Central Connecticut (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video
  • Championship Central

Teams: Bryant, Central Connecticut, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U, Wagne

Western Athletic Conference (WAC) – Men and Women

  • Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
  • CRWC Natatorium, Houston, TX (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: UNLV men (2x) & Northern Arizona women (2x) (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Grand Canyon, Cal State – Bakersfield, Seattle, North Dakota, Northern Arizona (women only), New Mexico State (women only), Northern Colorado (women only), Idaho (women only), Wyoming (men only), UNLV (men only), Air Force (men only)

Ivy League  – Men

  • Thursday, February 25 – Saturday, February 27
  • Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, Providence, RI (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Princeton (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video
  • Championship Central

Teams: Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth

 

Week 4

Pac-12 – Men

  • Wednesday, March 2 – Saturday, March 5 (Diving Feb. 25-28)
  • Federal Way, WA (Pacific Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: USC (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Southern California, Stanford, California, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah

Mid-American Conference (MAC) – Men

  • Wednesday, March 2 – Saturday, March 5
  • Jones Natatorium, Ypsilanti, MI (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Eastern Michigan (results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video (if available)
  • Championship Central

Teams: Eastern Michigan, Missouri State, Buffalo, Southern Illinois, Miami (OH), Evansville, Ball State

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I wonder when some of these schools in the Power 5 conferences are going to do the right thing and use some of
the football money and re-instate their men’s/women’s swim teams. Maryland and UCLA immediately come to mind. I’m sure there are many others that were cut for monetary reasons that should now be affordable with all of the football money that is being distributed.

Glenny

I could be wrong but I thought Maryland’s program was cut due to title ix? Unless it was to make more room for football?

DL

My understanding is that Maryland cut both of their men and women’s team, so this was not obviously due to title ix pressures.

Daaaave

U of MD suffers from not having had much swim talent within a 45-60 minute drive from College Park over the years. I can’t think of anyone in the nearby area who might have ended up there had a strong program been in place*. Probably for the best they cut both programs given the lack of local talent and interest in swimming.

*except for:
Brad Schumacher
Tom Dolan
Anita Nall
Casey Barrett
Beth Bostford
Whitney Metzler
Michael Phelps (+Whitney +Hillary)
Tommy Hannan
Kate Zeigler
Giles Smith
Jack Conger
Andrew Seliskar
Katie Ledecky
the dozens I am leaving out from NBAC/NCAP/RMSC and other MD & PV clubs producing insane talent and supporting a fan base who is involved with and appreciates the sport

Missing Bulldogs

Georgia Men?

Blathering Blatherskyte

Not anytime soon, in fact, you’re more likely to see more teams dropped in the next decade than you are added – especially now that they are reviewing the Division I sports sponsorship rules (people I’ve talked to suggest 10 as the new number, down from 14 w/o football and 16 w/ football). I would imagine teams in the Big Ten, ACC, and Pac-12 are going to be relatively secure since those conferences as a whole value having large numbers of teams, but the SEC (maybe not for swimming, but placed against the desires of football who knows), Big 12, C-USA, AAC, Sun Belt, and more cash-strapped departments in smaller conferences that are already on the lower boundaries of sport… Read more »

Alec

The SEC has more money than anyone.

Blathering Blatherskyte

And they’d rather spend it on football, men’s basketball, and baseball than pay for one extra snorkel. As I said, SEC swimming might be the exception simply because it’s proven to be so successful, but if, say, Vanderbilt has the option between continuing to get destroyed year after year in swimming, or pay an extra 250K to get that new football coach … well, you’ll never have to worry about Nashville pool water again.

Alec

The SEC has the most well funded athletic departments man. If all they cared about is football then why do they dominate gymastics, softball, and baseball? There are 4 top 10 men’s swimming programs in the SEC.
SEC women’s swimming is even more dominant.
A sports funding financial crisis is the least of the worries of SEC schools.

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