Flickinger Aquatics Center plays host to the 2012 A-10 Championships
Feb. 21, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Xavier men's and women's swimming teams are in Buffalo, N.Y., this week to prepare for the 2012 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Flickinger Aquatics Center Feb. 22-25.
The Massachusetts' men will look to capture their sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference title after outdistancing last year's runner-up, St. Bonaventure, 764.5-621 at the 2011 Championship. The Minutemen, who have captured 13 league championships overall, are led by senior swimmer Joey Sbordon, the current A-10 leader in both the 200 and 500-yd Freestyle, and sophomore Chris Inglis, the current A-10 leader in the 1,000-yd Freestyle and the 1,650-yd Freestyle.
Looking to challenge for the conference title is preseason runner-up St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies have been the Atlantic 10 runner-up five consecutive seasons and are looking to capture their first conference championship since 2006. Leading the Bonnies is junior Elias Homerin and junior diver Mike Murphy, the 2011 A-10 One-Meter Dive Champion.
Joining Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure in pursuit of the 2012 Conference title is La Salle, George Washington, Xavier, Fordham and Saint Louis.
On the women's side, the Richmond Spiders are looking to defend their 2011 title and bring home their 10th conference championship in the last 11 years. The Spiders are led by three-time A-10 Women's Performer of the Week, Mali Kobelja, and the 2011 A-10 Swimming & Diving Most Outstanding Performer, Lauren Hines.
Following closely behind Richmond, and looking to win its second A-10 title in the last three years, is Fordham. The Rams are led by the duo of three-time A-10 Performers of the Week Courtney Collyer and Brienne Ryan.
Also searching for the 2012 Conference title is Massachusetts, La Salle, Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, George Washington, Xavier, Rhode Island and Saint Louis.
The Championships begin at 4:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 22, with the trials of the men's One-Meter Diving competition, followed by the finals of the men's and women's 200-yard Medley and 800-yard Freestyle relays at 6:30pm, along with the finals of the men's One-Meter Diving competition. The Championship continues at 10:30am on Thursday with time trials, followed by the finals at 6:30pm. The same schedule will be followed on Friday and Saturday.
The Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships will be broadcasted live via web stream from Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Saturday, Feb. 25. The web stream will be free of charge for all viewers.
For complete coverage of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships log on to www.atlantic10.com or stay tuned to GoXavier.com and be sure to follow @XUAthletics and @XavierGameDay on Twitter for live updates.