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Texas A&M to Host 2004 Women's NCAAs -- July 15, 2002

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, July 15. TEXAS A&M has been chosen to host the 2004 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Student Rec Center Natatorium. The dates are tentatively scheduled for March 18-20.

"I'm very excited about getting the opportunity to host the NCAA Championships, particularly in an Olympic year," Texas A&M head coach Steve Bultman said.

"We will probably swim the meet in short course meters which means world records can be broken as opposed to when we swim it in yards when primarily American records are there to be broken. I think it also says a lot about our pool that the NCAA wants to come back here just a few years after hosting the men's meet."

This will be the third NCAA Championship event to be held on the Texas A&M campus in the last four years. A&M hosted the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships and the 2002 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. The event will be the first women's NCAA Championship that Texas A&M will host.

"This is going to be a great privilege," Texas A&M associate athletic director for Olympic sports, and meet director, John Thornton said. "We had a great event with the men a year ago. (The decision to choose A&M ) is indicative of how the coaches and participants, as well as the fans, had a great time in a sold-out atmosphere. I'm looking forward to doing it again."

During the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, nine American and eight NCAA and U.S. Open records were broken. Pool records were set in all 18 events. The three-day, six session event drew a total of 10,60 fans, second all-time to the 1986 NCAA Championships held in Indianapolis which drew 11,775 spectators.

"The success of the 2001 men's NCAA meet definitely played a role in our bid acceptance," said assistant women's coach Kristin Hill. "The NCAA committee was very impressed with the great meet our athletic department put on. With so many men's records broken in 2001, the pool is well-recognized as one of the fastest pools in the country. Our facility is state of the art and tough to beat. With our supportive, organized athletic department, we have become a leader in the collegiate community, and that is reflected in our competitive records, and in things such as hosting such an important event."