Penn State Announces Their 2016 and 2017 Swimming and Diving Schedule

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The 2016-17 Penn State men’s and women’s swimming & diving schedule will pit the Nittany Lions against the nation’s elite competition and feature four events in McCoy Natatorium. The Lions will begin competition Thursday, Oct. 6, by hosting Towson.

In total, Penn State will have four full-team competition weekends during the fall semester and three regular season meets during the spring semester before post-season competition begins. The opener against Towson will be the lone home meet in the fall, but the Lions will host their first two meets in 2017, continuing series with Yale and Rutgers (Jan. 13-14) and Navy (Jan. 21).

Penn State is mostly renewing traditional matches, as Virginia Tech (Oct. 14-15) and Virginia and Michigan (Nov. 4-5), remain in the first half schedule. Michigan swept the Big Ten Championships in 2016, while the Virginia women won the ACC title, so the meet in Charlottesville will be one of the most competitive for the Nittany Lions.

“That kind of puts you in the thick of things real quick,” said Penn State head coach Tim Murphy. “It gives you some immediate perspective on what the end of the season is going to look like from both a conference standpoint and from an NCAA standpoint.”

One change to the schedule is the addition of the Ohio State Invitational (Nov. 18-20) in lieu of the Georgia and Princeton meets held the first weekend of December. The Ohio State meet is the week before Thanksgiving and will tweak the Lions’ training plans over the second half of the season.

“It will actually give us a little earlier start for the back half of the season, so we’re kind of changing up our seasonal format and the way we’re planning out the work we’re going to be doing,” said Murphy. “Just a little different angle that moves things up a couple of weeks. Not a big change, but enough it’ll make the back half of the season little bit more interesting for us.”

Following exams and the annual winter training trip in Florida, the Nittany Lions will return to competition with its two home meets and honor their seniors prior to the home finale against Navy (Jan. 21.) Penn State will also host a diving invite the following weekend (Jan. 28-29). The regular season will conclude Friday, Feb. 3 at Villanova.

The women’s team will be the first to compete in the conference championships as Purdue will host the Big Ten meet Feb. 15-18 in West Lafayette, Indiana. The men will return to Columbus, Ohio, where Ohio State will host their Big Ten Championships Feb. 22-25. Additionally, the Lion divers will look to punch their tickets to the NCAA Championships at the Zone ‘A’ Regional meet Mar. 6-8 at a site to be determined.

The NCAA Championships will be hosted by IUPUI in the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. The women’s championship will take place Mar. 16-18, while the men’s will take place Mar. 23-25.

The women’s team is returning NCAA qualifiers Katelyn SowinskiCasey FrancisNiki PriceKatie Saloky and Megan Wujciak. The men’s team returns the NCAA qualifying, sophomore diving duo of Hector Garcia and Jack Crow, while recent Olympian and former NCAA medalist Shane Ryan returns for his senior year after redshirting during the 2015-16 season.

Men’s Schedule:

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
10/01/16 Alumni Meet EX University Park, Pa. All Day
10/06/16 vs. Towson University Park, Pa. 6:00 p.m. ET
10/15/16 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. 11:00 a.m. ET
11/04/16 at Virginia/Michigan Charlottesville, Va. All Day
11/05/16 at Virginia/Michigan Charlottesville, Va. All Day
Ohio State Invitational
11/18/16 Ohio State Invitational Columbus, Ohio All Day
11/19/16 Ohio State Invitational Columbus, Ohio All Day
11/20/16 Ohio State Invitational Columbus, Ohio All Day
Princeton Invitational (Divers only)
12/02/16 Princeton Invitational Princeton, N.J. All Day
12/03/16 Princeton Invitational Princeton, N.J. All Day
12/04/16 Princeton Invitational Princeton, N.J. All Day
01/13/17 vs. Yale University Park, Pa. 6:00 p.m. ET
01/14/17 vs. Yale University Park, Pa. 11:00 a.m. ET
01/21/17 vs. Navy University Park, Pa. 11:00 a.m. ET
01/28/17 Diving Invitational University Park, Pa. All Day
01/29/17 Diving Invitational University Park, Pa. All Day
02/03/17 at Villanova Philadelphia, Pa. 1:00 p.m. ET
Big Ten Championships
02/22/17 Big Ten Championships * Columbus, Ohio 6:00 p.m. ET
02/23/17 Big Ten Championships * Columbus, Ohio 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
02/24/17 Big Ten Championships * Columbus, Ohio 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
02/25/17 Big Ten Championships * Columbus, Ohio 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
03/04/17 Last Chance Meet TBD All Day
03/05/17 Last Chance Meet TBD All Day
NCAA Zone Diving Regionals
03/06/17 NCAA Diving Zone A Regional TBD All Day
03/07/17 NCAA Diving Zone A Regional TBD All Day
03/08/17 NCAA Diving Zone A Regional TBD All Day
NCAA Championships
03/23/17 NCAA Championships Indianapolis, Ind. 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
03/24/17 NCAA Championships Indianapolis, Ind. 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
03/25/17 NCAA Championships Indianapolis, Ind. 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET

Women’s Schedule

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
10/01/16 Alumni Meet EX University Park, Pa. All Day
10/06/16 vs. Towson University Park, Pa. 6:00 p.m. ET
10/14/16 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. All Day
10/15/16 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. All Day
11/04/16 at Virginia/Michigan Charlottesville, Va. All Day
11/05/16 at Virginia/Michigan Charlottesville, Va. All Day
Ohio State Invitational
11/18/16 Ohio State Invitational Columbus, Ohio All Day
11/19/16 Ohio State Invitational Columbus, Ohio All Day
11/20/16 Ohio State Invitational Columbus, Ohio All Day
Princeton Invitational (Divers only)
12/02/16 Princeton Invitational Princeton, N.J. All Day
12/03/16 Princeton Invitational Princeton, N.J. All Day
12/04/16 Princeton Invitational Princeton, N.J. All Day
01/13/17 vs. Yale/Rutgers University Park, Pa. 6:00 p.m. ET
01/14/17 vs. Yale/Rutgers University Park, Pa. 11:00 a.m. ET
01/21/17 vs. Navy University Park, Pa. 11:00 p.m. ET
01/28/17 Diving Invitational University Park, Pa. All Day
01/29/17 Diving Invitational University Park, Pa. All Day
02/03/17 at Villanova Philadelphia, Pa. 1:00 p.m. ET
Big Ten Championships
02/15/17 Big Ten Championships * West Lafayette, Ind. 6:00 p.m. ET
02/16/17 Big Ten Championships * West Lafayette, Ind. 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
02/17/17 Big Ten Championships * West Lafayette, Ind. 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
02/18/17 Big Ten Championships * West Lafayette, Ind. 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
02/25/17 Last Chance Meet TBD All Day
02/26/17 Last Chance Meet TBD All Day
NCAA Zone Diving Regionals
03/06/17 NCAA Diving Zone A Regional TBD All Day
03/07/17 NCAA Diving Zone A Regional TBD All Day
03/08/17 NCAA Diving Zone A Regional TBD All Day
NCAA Championships
03/16/17 NCAA Championships Indianapolis, Ind. 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
03/17/17 NCAA Championships Indianapolis, Ind. 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET
03/18/17 NCAA Championships Indianapolis, Ind. 11 a.m./6 p.m. ET

This is courtesy of Penn State University Athletics.

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