Sophomore Mackenna Rife returns for a junior season that will feature familiar competition in Louisville, Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati, but will also face new foes in Vanderbilt, Akron and Marshall.
June 16, 2014
The Musketeers kick off the campaign with a trip to Indianapolis for the Butler Fall Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28. XU will then travel to meets against annual-competitors Louisville (Oct. 11), Cincinnati (Oct. 12) and Miami (Ohio) (Oct. 18) before hosting Cumberlands on Oct. 25 in the first true home event of the year.
Xavier will host its yearly Alumni Meet on Oct. 4 in the first event of the season at the O'Connor Sports Center and will then welcome Cumberlands College in a dual meet on Oct. 25.
A trip to Huntington, W.V., for a meet with Marshall and Vanderbilt is on tap for the women's team on Saturday, Nov. 1. Both squads will then take a brief break from competition to gear up for the Magnus Cup Invitational hosted by Cleveland State from Nov. 21-23 and the AT&T Winter Nationals. Select individuals have qualified for the Winter Nationals, which will be held in Greensboro, N.C., from Dec. 4-6 and features some of the top swimmers in the nation.
Following Christmas vacation and the team's annual training excursion to Florida, Xavier kicks off the spring season with a tri-meet in Indianapolis against IUPUI and Ball State on Jan. 9.
XU plays host to Wright State in its final home meet of the season on Jan. 23.
The Butler Invitational (Jan. 25), a tri-meet at Akron with Mount Union (Jan. 30) and a tri-meet at Cleveland State and includes Oakland (Jan. 31) closes the regular season for the Musketeers.
Xavier then makes its way to the BIG EAST Championships, where the men's squad seeks to defend its 2014 conference crown and the women's team will try to improve on its third-place effort.