The Texas Longhorns men’s swimming & diving teams are the defending NCAA Division I Champions, and they’ve put together a schedule for the 2016-2017 season that’s worthy of upholding that honor.
The Longhorns will swim duals or tris against 5 of the country’s top 10 teams from last season, plus perennial powers the Arizona Wildcats, who had a down year last year.
Texas’ dual meet schedule, with last year’s NCAA rank:
- #9 Indiana/#3 Florida – October 21st-22nd, INDIANA HOST
- #4 NC State – November 4th, HOME
- #10 Auburn – January 12th, AUBURN HOST
- #5 Georgia – January 14th, GEORGIA HOST
- #16 Arizona – January 27th-28th, HOME
- NR TCU – February 3rd, TCU HOST
It’s a relatively light schedule compared to what we’ve seen from most of the top teams in the country this season, with none of the smaller-scale invites that have begun to clog up the college regular-season schedule, but those meets on the list will count.
Texas will also play host to two invites that historically drawn in big competition.
- The Texas Invite, which extends to four days to match the NCAA Championship schedule, is from November 30th-December 3rd;
- and the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin – a USA Swimming hosted meet that this year will kick off the series as a result of no more Minneapolis meet in the fall.
All of this is in preparation for attempting to repeat as NCAA Champions (they’ll be the favorites) from March 22nd-25th in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Longhorns return Olympic medalists Townley Haas, Jack Conger, and Joseph Schooling, who combined for 128 individual points and 4 NCAA titles last season; plus 2016 U.S. Olympic medalist Clark Smith, who’ll be looking to springboard from a successful off-season to improve upon his 5-point NCAA performance last year, and defending NCAA Champion Will Licon.
The full men’s team schedule:
|9/30/2016||Orange-White||Austin, Texas||3 p.m.|
|10/21/2016||Indiana & Florida||Bloomington, Ind.||4 p.m. ET|
|10/22/2016||Indiana & Florida||Bloomington, Ind.||10 a.m. ET|
|11/4/2016||N.C. State||Austin, Texas||TBA|
|11/17-19/2016||Texas Diving Invitational||Austin, Texas||All Day|
|11/30-12/3/2016||Texas Invitational||Austin, Texas||10 a.m./6 p.m. (evening only on Wednesday)|
|12/15-22/2016||USA Diving Winter Nationals||Columbus, Ohio||All Day|
|1/12/2017||Auburn||Auburn, Ala.||2 p.m.|
|1/13-15/2017||USA Swimming Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin||Austin, Texas||All Day|
|1/14/2017||Georgia||Athens, Ga.||11 a.m. ET|
|1/27-28/2017||Arizona||Austin, Texas||4 p.m./10 a.m.|
|2/3/2017||TCU||Fort Worth, Texas||4 p.m.|
|2/22-25/2017||Big 12 Championships||Austin, Texas||All Day|
|3/2-4/2017||American Short Course Championships||Austin, Texas||All Day|
|3/6-8/2017||NCAA Zone “D” Diving Meet||Columbia, Mo.||All Day|
|3/22-25/2017||NCAA Championships||Indianapolis, Ind.||All Day|