BALTIMORE, Md. - UMBC head swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock has announced the 2017-18 slate this week, including three home matches. The women look to capture their third straight America East title, while the men return to the conference for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
"We are excited to have both teams back in the America East. The last time we finished the season together was in 2013," said head swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock. "We love our schedule this year as we welcome University of Vermont for the first dual meet at our home. We have added back a few new schools to include Seton Hall, Old Dominion, and VMI. We are also grateful to continue our other dual meets."
The Retrievers open the 2017-18 season with an exhibition meet against Bucknell on September 30. The first scored meet of the year will be at Seton Hall on October 6, followed by the first home meet of the year on Friday, Oct. 13 against Navy with the kick-off brunch on Saturday, October 14.
UMBC closes out the month of October with a meet at Towson on October 21 before heading to Old Dominion on November 4, just one of two meets in the month. The Retrievers will once again travel to George Mason for the Mason Invitational November 16-18.
The teams will close out the regular season with back-to-back home tri-meets, beginning with Howard and America East foe Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 6. The final meet of the season comes on Saturday, Jan. 20 as the Retrievers welcome East Carolina and America East newcomer VMI on Senior/Alumni Day.
Both teams will head to the America East Championships at WPI in Worcester, Mass. on Feb. 15-18. The women will look to win their fourth-straight title, while the men will try to win their 12th America East title and their first since the 2012-13 season.
After America East's, the Retrievers will travel to ECAC Championships (Feb. 23-25), before heading to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships (Mar. 5-7, Annapolis, Md.) and the NCAA Championships, held March 15-17 at Ohio State for the women and March 22-24 at the University of Minnesota for the men.
"This year's schedule will set us up well for the end of the season and we are all looking forward to it!" Cradock added.