High Point, N.C. - Conference Carolinas and the Bluegrass Mountain Conference have announced that they will be partnering for the 2017-18 season to host a women’s swimming championship. Women's swimming is an emerging sport for Conference Carolinas this season, with four full members (Barton College, Converse College, King University, and Limestone College) sponsoring teams. Associate member Chowan University also currently sponsors a team that will compete as part of the championship on the Conference Carolinas side.
"We look forward to the full addition of women's swimming to the family of Conference Carolinas sports in the near future," Conference Carolinas Commissioner Alan Patterson stated. "This partnership with the Bluegrass Mountain Conference will allow our student-athletes to have a tournament experience with a proven reputation while we work towards that goal. We are most pleased to be part of a memorable championship experience for students on our member campuses."
Although women from both conferences who are participating in timed final events will swim together, each conference will be scored separately, with the top 16 individuals for each league scoring. The top 3 individual finishers and top 3 relays will be named All-Conference.
Three men's teams from Conference Carolinas (Barton, Limestone, and King) will also compete at the event, although the meet will not be deemed an official Conference Carolinas Championship. Participants from both conferences will be scored together, with the top 24 individuals scoring. All-Conference honors will be awarded to the top 6 individual finishers and top 3 relays via the Bluegrass Mountain Conference. Men's swimming is expected to gain emerging sport status within Conference Carolinas as soon as next year.
"It has been a pleasure so far to work with Conference Carolinas," noted Jeff Dugdale of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference. "Our partnership is progressive in nature and demonstrates both conferences' commitment towards providing a first-class student-athlete experience."
Conference Carolinas teams participating in the event include Barton (men and women), Converse (women), Chowan (women), Limestone (men and women), and King (men and women).
Bluegrass Mountain Conference participants include Carson-Newman University (men and women), Lenoir-Rhyne University (men and women), Queens University (NC) (men and women), Salem University (men and women), Savannah College of A&D (men and women), Wingate University (men and women), Catawba College (men and women), and Mars Hill University (men and women).
The championship will take place February 14-17, 2018, at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.
For further meet information and a schedule of events, click here.