UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., July 21. PENN State announced its men’s and women’s swimming and diving schedules for the 2006-07 schedule on Friday. The women's team will hold four home meets while the men's team will be home for two meets this upcoming season.
"Our staff feels good about the challenges and opportunities in the 2006-07 schedule," PSU head coach Bill Dorenkott said. "The main objective is to best prepare our student-athletes for our end-of-the-season competitions."
Both teams will start out the season with an intra-squad meet on Friday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the McCoy Natatorium on campus. After that, they will both head out to West Virginia on Oct. 19 for a dual meet and a week later will go to Charlottesville for a quad-meet with Virginia, Clemson, and Virginia Tech on Oct. 27-28.
From that point, the men's and women's teams split up. The women's team will host the Big Cat Invitational the weekend of Nov. 4-5 while the men's team will be off until the following weekend when it travels to West Lafayette for a five-team meet with Purdue, Utah, Georgia and Louisville. Both teams then will join together to wrap up the month of November when they head to Toronto for the Bell Grand Prix meet the weekend following Thanksgiving. Both teams will then close out the fall semester by hosting West Chester at McCoy Natatorium on Saturday, Dec. 2.
After nearly a month off for finals, both Nittany Lion teams return to action over winter break when they travel to Naples, Fla., for a training trip that includes a pair of competitions. Both teams will head to Athens, Ga. for the Georgia Diving Invite the first weekend of January and then both teams will compete in Florida in a meet to be announced the following weekend. From there, the teams return home for their final home meets of the year. The women's team will host a dual meet with Ohio State on Friday, Jan. 19 before both teams host Rutgers a day later on Saturday.
Both teams close out the month of January with a meet in South Bend, Ind., hosted by Notre Dame that also will feature West Virginia, Connecticut and Oakland.
The women's Big Ten Championships will be contested Feb. 8-10 and will be hosted by Minnesota. The men's Big Ten Championships will be the following weekend at Ohio State. The last chance meet will be held the following weekend after Big Ten Championships for both teams. The women's NCAA Championships will be held March 8-10 in Minneapolis while the men's NCAA Championships are also in Minneapolis the following weekend.
"This is a unique year with both our conference and NCAA Championships moved up due to World Championships in March and that is combined with our adjusted academic calendar with the second semester starting January 16," Dorenkott said. "We felt that the meet in Canada at midyear would meet our needs for the fall and also set us up for a great second half of the year."