Second season under coach Dave Collins includes quality in-state, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC opponents
May 31, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State head coach Dave Collins announced the schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 swimming & diving season on Friday. The 2013-14 campaign is highlighted by a strong lineup of dual meets, both home and away, competitive invitationals and pair of unique training opportunities.
Once again, the season kicks off during the first weekend of October with a visit to Columbia, Mo., for the ninth annual Show-Me Showdown (Oct. 4). Two weeks later, the Bears begin a stretch of six home meets. The Intrasquad/Alumni meet is set for Saturday, Oct. 19 during Homecoming weekend, followed by the Bears' home dual with crosstown rival Drury (Oct. 25). The Panthers are fresh off of a men's and women's sweep at the NCAA Division II Championships for the fourth time in five years.
Missouri State welcomes conference foes Evansville and Southern Illinois the weekend of Nov. 1-2, before a pair of Southeastern Conference squads round out the home stretch. Missouri, who broke several HSC pool records in 2011, returns to Springfield for a dual meet on Friday, Nov. 8. The next day, the MSU women will square off with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
"We have some great opponents there and have our work cut out for us," Collins said. "It will force us to make sure we're in shape early and we look to have some good results in those early duals."
Hitting the road for the first time in over a month, the Bears will travel to Big Ten country for the Northwestern University Invitational (Nov. 22-24). In 2011, the MSU men came away with a victory at the Northwestern TYR Invitational and then-freshman Paul Le was named TYR Invitational Swimmer of the Meet.
In December, the Bears will enter unchartered territories with the TCU Horned Frogs. Meeting halfway between the two campuses in Jenks, Okla., the teams have arranged to train together in the mornings and compete in a dual-meet format in the evening. Collins added that the two schools would break into different stroke groups and the coaches would mix it up as well.
"It's something outside of the box and something that is not done very often," Collins said. "I'm excited about the opportunity and our athletes are going to get a really neat experience. It's going to be fun seeing how our athletes react in a training session with another team."
After a short winter break, the MSU swimming & diving team will head west to Grand Junction, Colo., for an altitude training camp. While in the Rockies, the Bears will also take on Colorado Mesa University on Jan. 8. The Maroon and White will remain on the road for two more duals against Truman State (Jan. 18) and Drury (Jan. 23).
Missouri State's Senior Day is set for Saturday, Jan. 25 as the Bears take on Missouri S&T and Lindenwood. To close out the regular season, the MSU men will engage in a quad dual in South Bend, Ind., that includes Notre Dame, Iowa and Incarnate Word.
As for the women, Missouri State will look for its seventh consecutive title at the 2014 MVC Championships in Carbondale, Ill. Last season, the Bears won 11 events and picked up five NCAA provisional times. The men, who were conference runners-up in Carbondale, trek to Buffalo, N.Y. for the 2014 MAC Championships.
This year, both the NCAA Zone "D" Diving Championships and NCAA Women's Championships will be held in Minneapolis, Minn. The NCAA Men's Championships will take place March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.