U.S. Naval Academy Named Host Site of 2018 CSCAA National Invitational

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The CSCAA has created the National Invitational Championship to provide more opportunities for Division-I swimmers and divers in March.

According to a press release seen in full below, the meet was created to provide more championship opportunities for those athletes missing out on NCAA selection while still achieving ‘B’ standards or winning their conference title.

The meet will take place from March 8-10, 2018.

United States Naval Academy to Host 2018 NIC Championship

The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is excited to announce that the United States Naval Academy has been awarded the bid to host the 2018 National Invitational Championship (NIC), Presented by Speedo.

The NIC will provide a culminating event for those Division I swimmers and divers who either won a individual/relay conference title and/or achieved NCAA ‘B’ and Zone standards but are not selected for the NCAA Division I Championships. The NIC will take place at the Naval Academy’s Lejeune Hall Pool March 8-10, 2018.

The NIC was created because of a growing number of students denied an opportunity to participate in a national-level championship.   Since 2005 the number of men and women competing in Division I swimming and diving has grown by 10.8% and 12.2% respectively while the number of women’s teams is up nearly 4% over the past decade.

“As Division I has continued to grow,” explained CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield, “the number of postseason opportunities has not.  The NIC remedies this.”

The announcement comes less than two weeks before the association hosts its 2nd Annual Open Water Championship.  That event, set for September 16th hosted by the University of Kansas, was broadcast by Time Warner Sports in 2016.

Legislative Success

In April the NIC was given a shot in the arm when the NCAA approved legislation creating a season exemption for the competition and preparation for the event from institutions’ declared playing and practice seasons.  The NCAA legislation further provided the event stability as the CSCAA moves forward securing facilities, broadcast partners, sponsorships and more.  “We expect the National Invitational to become a great opportunity for the athletes and a signature event for the sport.”

Automatic Qualifiers

One of many things making the meet unique is automatic qualification.  All Division I conference champions, both relay and individual, will automatically qualify for the National Invitational Championship.  This move, Shinofield explained, “resulted from feedback from athletic directors.”

“AD’s have told us, time and time again, the high value they place on the conference championships, so we constructed a qualification process that reflects this by rewarding the winners with automatic qualification.”

The Venue

Originally constructed in 1982, the facility underwent a $11-million facelift in 2012 has been a regular host of the ECAC and Patriot League Championships.

Bill [Roberts], John [Morrison] and the entire Navy staff are known for hosting major events,” explained Meet Director Greg Lockard, “Making this a championship-caliber experience was our first priority.”

Diving

For diving, the NIC will utilize scores from the NCAA Zone Meets.  After each diver has scored in his/her individual events (1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard and platform) at their respective Zone meet, the scores will be compiled and ranked.  This decision was made for a couple of reasons – to expand access to the meet and eliminate missed class time.”

“The Zone meets provide divers with a national-level opportunity post conference,” Shinofield explained.  “The timing with the zone meets, so soon after many conference championships and immediately before the NIC mean many divers would miss class over multiple weeks, we wanted their efforts to be reflected in the meet without further impacting their class schedules”.  “We are looking for ways build more opportunities for divers- including an invitational in Orlando over the winter break designed specifically for divers and coaches to accommodate both training and competition.”

Who Would Have Qualified in 2017?

While it is impossible to predict what teams will ultimately attend, the CSCAA has received an exemption for this event from the NCAA to allow for wider participation.  Here are the number of swimmers that would have qualified in 2016-17. (This excludes the number of swimmers who participated at the NCAA Championships.

Men

21    Kentucky*
20    Purdue*
18    Arizona
18    Penn
17    Duke
17    Indiana
17    Ohio St
16    Michigan
15    Georgia Tech
15    Notre Dame
15    Utah
14    Air Force
14    Missouri
14    NC State
14    Pittsburgh
13    Iowa
13    Navy
13    Texas
13    UC Santa Barbara
13    Virginia
13    Wyoming
12    East Carolina
12    Florida
12    Harvard
12    North Carolina
12    Penn St
11    Alabama
11    Army
11    California
11    Columbia
11    Florida State
11    Louisiana State
11    Minnesota
10    Denver
10    Southern California
10    William & Mary
9    Auburn
9    Michigan State
9    UNLV
9    Wisconsin
8    Arizona State
8    Brown
8    Eastern Mich
8    Louisville
8    Missouri State
8    Pacific
8    South Carolina
8    Tennessee
8    Texas Christian
7    Buffalo
7    Cornell
7    Georgia
7    Southern Methodist
7    Texas A&M
7    UMBC
7    West Virginia
6    Cincinnati
6    Hawaii
6    La Salle
6    Miami (Ohio)
6    Northwestern
6    Princeton
6    Stanford
6    Virginia Tech
6    Yale
5    Bucknell
5    Connecticut
5    Grand Canyon
5    Oakland
5    Southern Illinois
4    Brigham Young
4    Incarnate Word
4    North Dakota
3    Fordham
3    George Washington
3    IUPUI
3    Lehigh
3    Old Dominion
3    Saint Bonaventure
3    Seton Hall
2    Bryant
2    CSU Bakersfield
2    Drexel
2    Gardner-Webb
2    Massachusetts
2    Rider
2    Seattle
2    Villanova
2    Xavier
1    Boston College
1    Cleveland State
1    Dartmouth
1    Davidson
1    George Mason
1    Loyola (MD)
1    Saint Louis
1    South Dakota
1    Towson
1    UW Milwaukee

Women

14    Yale
12    Purdue
12    Texas A&M
11    Georgia Tech
11    Harvard
11    Indiana
11    Louisiana State
11    Louisville
11    Nebraska
11    Utah
10    Arizona
10    Houston
10    Michigan
10    Minnesota
9    Alabama
9    Florida Gulf
9    Navy
9    NC State
9    North Carolina
9    Ohio St
9    San Diego State
9    South Carolina
9    Virginia
8    Duke
8    Kansas
8    Nevada
8    Northwestern
8    Penn St
8    Rice
8    Tennessee
8    Texas
7    Florida Int’l
7    Florida State
7    Iowa
7    Miami (Ohio)
7    Notre Dame
7    Penn
7    Princeton
7    UC Santa Barbara
7    Virginia Tech
6    California
6    Cincinnati
6    Colorado St.
6    Eastern Mich
6    Florida
6    Georgia
6    Kentucky
6    Miami (FL)
6    Missouri
6    New Mexico
6    Pittsburgh
6    Southern Methodist
6    UCLA
6    Washington St.
6    West Virginia
6    William & Mary
6    Wyoming
5    Auburn
5    Brown
5    Columbia
5    Iowa State
5    Marshall
5    Tulane
5    Villanova
5    Wisconsin
4    Arizona State
4    Arkansas
4    Boise St
4    Bowling Green
4    Buffalo
4    Denver
4    Liberty
4    Michigan State
4    Missouri State
4    New Hampshire
4    North Texas
4    Oakland
4    Pacific
4    Richmond
4    Rutgers
4    Southern California
4    UNLV
3    Akron
3    Connecticut
3    Duquesne
3    East Carolina
3    Fresno State
3    Grand Canyon
3    Hawaii
3    Illinois
3    North Dakota
3    Northern Iowa
3    Oregon St
3    San Jose St
3    Texas Christian
3    Toledo
3    UC Davis
2    Air Force
2    Army
2    Brigham Young
2    Bucknell
2    Cornell
2    Drexel
2    Fordham
2    Georgetown
2    Idaho
2    James Madison
2    Massachusetts
2    Northern Arizona
2    Ohio
2    Old Dominion
2    Rhode Island
2    Southern Illinois
2    Stanford
2    UW Milwaukee
2    Vanderbilt
1    Cleveland State
1    CSU Bakersfield
1    Davidson
1    GA Southern
1    Gardner-Webb
1    George Mason
1    George Washington
1    Illinois State
1    La Salle
1    Lehigh
1    New Mexico State
1    Northeastern
1    Saint Bonaventure
1    San Diego
1    Seattle
1    Seton Hall
1    South Dakota St
1    St. Francis
1    Towson
1    UMBC
1    Wagner
1    Wright State
1    Xavier

Press release courtesy of College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

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Author: Diana Pimer

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is the assistant swim coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Keene State, as well as KSC's head site coach for Greenwood Swimming. Pimer also helped coach 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist Robert Griswold.

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