SUNYAC & AMCC Conferences To Combine Swimming Championship In 2025

Courtesy: SUNYAC Sports

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The State University of New York Athletic Conference and the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference are teaming up to bring an exciting joint conference championship to Buffalo in February.

The SUNYAC-AMCC Championship will be held at the Burt Flickinger Center on the downtown campus of SUNY Erie (formerly Erie Community College) Feb. 19-22 and will feature 10 institutions sponsoring 20 men’s and women’s programs all competing for a conference title, individual medals, and an opportunity to secure NCAA Division III National Championship Qualifying Times.

The conference offices jointly announced the annual partnership on Monday, May 13.

“We saw an opportunity to create something special for our student-athletes that would give them an exciting, high-caliber, unique championship experience,” SUNYAC Commissioner Tom DiCamillo said. “It felt right, and we capitalized on the opportunity to make this one of the premier Division III conference swimming & diving championships in the nation.”

The 10 participating programs are all public institutions. The SUNYAC will be represented by six universities (Cortland, Fredonia, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego and Potsdam), while Alfred State, Penn State Altoona, Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Bradford will represent the AMCC.

“The AMCC programs that sponsor swimming and diving are all public institutions that share that common kinship with the SUNYAC that will make this event special,” Commissioner Donna Ledwin said. “The Flickinger Center is a first-class venue and will provide our student-athletes with a high-level championship experience. We are very excited about this new partnership.”

The two conferences jointly reviewed each other’s operating codes and found that most of the information aligned. The few subtle differences were resolved with collegial discussions that resulted in the two conferences meshing the best of both leagues.

“The SUNYAC championship meet has the level of excitement that every swimmer and diver wants at the end of the season,” Brian Tobin, the head coach at Cortland and the past-chair of the SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Coaches Committee, explained. “Both conferences have strong, stable institutions that will make this a competitive meet for years to come. It is going to be bigger and better than ever. I look forward to this new partnership.”

Penn State Altoona coach Bradley Brooks was equally enthusiastic.

“This is a great move for the AMCC from a competitive standpoint and will allow our teams the opportunity to compete with one of the better athletic conferences in Division III athletics,” he said. “We look forward to enjoying the positive effects that this move will have on our student-athletes which is always our top priority.”

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30 days ago

Nice to see. Hope this generates interest in swimming for this area of the US.

RealSlimThomas
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30 days ago

Agree. More support for the smaller conferences is important as the threat of “cutting non-revenue generating sports” continues to loom over the NCAA imo.

Dan Smith
30 days ago

Probably both budget and geographically driven. I also note SUNY Potsdam is in dire straits budget and enrollment wise, and has closed academic programs and fired faculty. So, it is possible the conference may reduce by one in time. Hope not, but….the SUNY Chancellor seems to have his own ideas about supporting public higher ed.

James Beam
30 days ago

Good to see creativity to better the student-athletes!

Load em
30 days ago

Is there only one conference champion for each gender with the two conferences competing?

subversive
30 days ago

I wouldn’t say this is one of best conferences..combined, wouldn’t make the top-5

RealSlimThomas
Reply to  subversive
30 days ago

They don’t say it is in the article…

Robin
Reply to  subversive
30 days ago

And this matters, why? The swimmers in the SUNYAC conference give their all and deserve to compete whether they are in a Top 5 conference or not. Most swimmers in the SUNYAC conference are focused on swimming their best and dropping time not so much concerned with being a top shelf athlete with their sights set on the Olympics or being a professional swimmer. Are they swimming for others or themselves?

NDB
Reply to  subversive
30 days ago

“the opportunity to make this one of the premier Division III conference swimming & diving championships in the nation.”

RealSlimThomas
Reply to  NDB
30 days ago

Yeah that’s interesting language…but cannot fault the guy for being hopeful. It would be worse on his part if he called a spade a spade…

Patrick
Reply to  NDB
29 days ago

Guy forgot Geneseo isn’t going to be part of it. SUNYACs was close to a one-horse race for years.