Valparaiso to Join Mid-American Conference as Affiliate Member

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Valparaiso University on Thursday announced an agreement to become an affiliate member of the Mid-American Conference in men’s swimming for the 2021-22 season.

Valpo will be one of six programs in MAC swimming and diving. Two – Ball State and Miami (Ohio) – are full-time MAC members. Valparaiso joins Evansville, Missouri State and Southern Illinois as full members of the Missouri Valley Conference that have affiliate memberships for swimming.

“We are excited to have our men’s swimming program join the MAC,” Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera said in a university statement. “Competing against other in-state and regional schools will enhance the competitive experience for our student-athletes. Participating in a more regionally-based championship will provide the families of our swimmers a better opportunity to be part of their sons’ championship experience.”

Valparaiso had been an affiliate member of the Summit League for four seasons, joining that league when the school’s larger athletic programs joined the MVC before the 2017-18 season. Valpo will compete in its final Summit League Championships next month.

“We are excited for the opportunity for our men’s swimming team to join the MAC as an affiliate member next season,” Valpo swimming head coach Maggie Kroemer said. “Being in the MAC for men’s swimming, and competing with the rest of the men’s programs from MVC institutions, is the best thing for our program.”

“I am pleased to welcome Valparaiso University as an affiliate member in men’s swimming and diving,” MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher said. “We have developed a strong Conference from across the Midwest that provides the opportunity for the participating student-athletes to excel at the highest levels of collegiate swimming.”

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    Matt

    Much needed in the MAC. They should target regional Horizon League members as well.

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