PHOENIX, Arizona, January 21. THIS weekend, Swimming World Magazine and Rutgers Swimming and Diving present the second year of the College Conference Carnival. Last year, the partnership brought back a lost tradition first created by Swimming World founder Bob Kiphuth at Yale University in the 1950s. Click here for all the on-demand video from the 2009 edition of the College Conference Carnival.
This weekend, January 22-23, the renewed tradition continues with the women's teams from Minnesota, Richmond, Maryland, Rider and Central Connecticut joining Rutgers to compete for the second College Conference Carnival title.
Tickets are still available for the meet. Ticket information is available at the Rutgers web site.
"We feel as though the Carnival is a concept that can bring all aspects of competitive swimming and diving under one roof for one or two nights a year," event founder and Rutgers head coach Chuck Warner said. "The inclusion of Masters swimming, age-group swimming and diving, along with college swimming and even the U.S. Army is a heck of a night! Last year was the beginning and we hope this year is just a step forward toward 'The Greatest Show on Water.' Thanks to Swimming World Magazine and SwimmingWorld.TV for making it possible!"
The fun-filled, fan-friendly event will not only have the standard in-pool competition for the teams invited, all sorts of activities will take place during the meet. Clown diving, cannon ball contests, Masters records attempts, New Jersey age group relay exhibitions and even a U.S. Army Search and Rescue demonstration will be part of the exciting event.
All of this will be live, and available later on-demand, on SwimmingWorld.TV at the Event Landing Page.
To top it all off, we've upped the ante this year by including a Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Clinic with Josh Davis and Eric Shanteau earlier on Saturday afternoon. For more information, click here. Davis will join Garrett McCaffrey for play-by-play and color commentary duties during both nights of the College Conference Carnival.
What they are saying about the Swimming World College Conference Carnival:
Richmond's Matt Barany:
"We look forward to returning to the Carnival. It's so much more than just a swim meet. Rutgers does a good job of bringing attention to collegiate swimming and the college athlete, and we're happy to be part of it. Last year, we swam well at the meet, so we're excited to return with new teams added to the format."
Rider's Stephen Fletcher:
"As a mid-major program with athletes on the edge of making school history by meeting NCAA Division I qualification standards, this meet provides the best possible challenge for our top athletes to be pushed to new heights. Our women look forward to testing their team chemistry and toughness in a highly-competitive environment four short weeks before defending their Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship title from 2009."
Minnesota's Kerry Kremer:
"We are looking forward to competing in such a unique and exciting competition. We will see some teams at this meet that we don't often have a chance to compete against, and this format should provide many great opportunities for our women to have fun and compete at a high level."