Feb. 24, 2016
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Fresh off of sweeping the Patriot League team titles for the fifth year in a row, the Navy swimming and diving teams will be back in Lejeune Hall this weekend to play host to the ECAC Championship. The event featuring many of the teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions begins Friday, Feb. 26 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 28.
Preliminary heats of swimming followed by diving trials begins at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The session of swimming and diving finals begins at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets can be purchased in advance of the meet or at the second floor ticket counter of Lejeune Hall prior to the start of every session. An all-session pass costs $60, a ticket for a single session of prelims costs $12 and a ticket for a session of finals is $15.
All ticket holders without a Department of Defense identification card must park their vehicle outside of the USNA grounds. Fans are encouraged to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ($5. per vehicle) and ride the free shuttle bus to and from the meet. The shuttle bus will run from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and again from and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Those fans wishing to park downtown must enter the USNA through the gate one visitors entrance.
Whether a visitor rides the shuttle bus to the USNA or walks through one of its gates, everyone over the age of 18 must have and be prepared to display a valid picture ID card (i.e.: State issued driver’s license, student I.D., or a government issued passport). Visitors under the age of 18 who do not have a valid picture ID card must be escorted by an adult. Visitors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington State must produce their driver’s license AND a second ID card before being admitted.
Live results from every session can be found at NavySports.com.
Navy’s men’s team won the 2015 ECAC Championship, while the Navy women placed second to last year’s meet-host Pittsburgh. Additional teams expected to take part in the 2016 championship are Army West Point, Bucknell, Columbia, Marist, Penn and UMBC.
“This is a very exciting time for our sport as conference championships are taking place all over the country,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “We are excited for the opportunity to race and compete again.”
“I’m looking forward to another great weekend,” said Navy diving coach Rich MacDonald. “I believe the ECAC team will pick up right where the Patriot League team left off. The diving competition will be much more competitive than in recent years. It should be exciting.”
Additionally, there will be a pair of exhibition swimming events featuring Paralympic athletes on Saturday. Men and women will compete in respective heats in the 100 freestyle at 9:50 a.m. and in the 100 backstroke at 5:50 p.m. Included among the swimmers slated to compete is Navy graduate Brad Snyder who won a pair of Gold Medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Prior to the start of the ECAC Championship, Navy will play host to an open long course meet on Thursday to allow swimmers to challenge for U.S. Olympic Trials cut times. There will be two sessions of events starting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seven Navy swimmers have already posted Olympic Trials qualifying times. The Mids missed qualifying for the trials in a combined 21 additional events by no more than one second during a long course meet held in December.
“We hosted a long course meet four years ago for the 2012 Olympic Trials and it was a very exciting day,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison. “So few swimmers have the opportunity to qualify for the trials. We have a lot of swimmers who are real close to joining that select group.”
The long course meet is free for all wishing to attend. Live results from it will not be available and the shuttle bus will not be in operation.