The Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) has announced the addition of two more new men’s teams for the 2013-2014 season, as the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and The University of the Incarnate Word will both join with just their men’s programs, and in addition to the other new addition UMBC brings the swimming-only conference up to 15 affiliated schools.
This will make the CCSA an even more geographically diverse conference: NJIT is now the most northern team affiliated with the CCSA, and Incarnate Word is by far the most western.
Both NJIT and Incarnate Word bring interesting stories to the conference. NJIT is three years removed from almost being cut, but were able to save the men’s program from that fate. This makes NJIT one of the few co-ed institutions in the United States with only a men’s varsity swimming program. NJIT was in the Metropolitan Swimming Conference, which spanned all three divisions, and were one of only two Division I members (along with St. Francis).
Incarnate Word joins the conference in their first year as a Division I program after making the transition from being a Division II powerhouse. They are not immediately eligible for the NCAA Championships, which means they will be full-bore into this conference meet, and then use the CSCAA Invitational in Dallas as their end-of-year meet.
The 2014 CCSA Championships will be held on the campus of the University of Georgia.
Men’s members of the CCSA in 2013-2014:
- Davidson (leaving for A10 after 2013-2014 season/defending champions)
- Incarnate Word
- UMBC (winner of the last two America East Conference titles)
Women’s members of the CCSA in 2013-2014
Florida Gulf Coast University (defending champions)
Davidson (leaving for A10 after 2013-2014 season)
- Campbell University
- North Carolina – Asheville
North Carolina A&T (Program will be cut shortly)