JAGS WELCOME SIX TEAMS TO INDIANAPOLIS FOR SUMMIT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 19, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IUPUI PRESS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in three years, the Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships will return to the IUPUI Natatorium this week when IUPUI serves as host for the four-day event spanning from Feb. 19-22.
The Jags welcome six schools to Indianapolis in Summit League newcomer Denver (men's and women's), Eastern Illinois (men's and women's), Omaha (women's), South Dakota (men's and women's), South Dakota State (men's and women's) and Western Illinois (men's and women's).
The championships begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., with the women's and men's 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay. Thursday through Saturday, morning prelims will begin at 11 a.m., following by evening finals at 6 p.m. Friday evening, all Summit League seniors will be honored beginning promptly at 6 p.m.
"We're excited to have The Summit League Championships back here in Indianapolis this year," head coach Matt Bos said. "It's going to be a tough four days, but this is what we have worked for all season. The key will be getting off to a good start on Wednesday and Thursday, and if we can start well that should carry through the rest of the meet."
The women's team has five all-conference performers from last year's squad that placed second at the conference championships, including Jennifer Oleksiak. Last season, Oleksiak won the 200 breaststroke at the league meet, becoming IUPUI's first individual swimming champion since the 2005. The Jags other all-conference selections who will be in action this weekend are Alexus Laird, Natalie Trout, Madison Taylor and Margaret Barber.
The men's team has four all-league performers back this season in Tony Carroll, Adam Ferguson, Alexander Rhoda and Rich Sunkel.
Of the 42 combined members of the IUPUI women's swimming and diving teams, only two swimmers - Alvina Brown and Andrew Saunders - have swam at home for the Summit League Championships as the Jags last hosted the conference championships back in 2011.
In total, there will be seven sessions of action this week, and fans can purchase all-session adult tickets for $30, while youth tickets will be $15 for ages 12 and under. Single-session tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth ages 12 and under, and Summit League students will be admitted for free with a valid student ID.