More meet information is available here.
The Rice swim team is sending eleven Owls to the Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Invitational March 8-10 in Annapolis, Md. With the popular but unofficial nickname of "Swimming NIT", Rice head coach Seth Huston previews the meet in the above video.
The CSCAA National Invitational was held for the first time in 2014 in Rockwall, Texas, with Rice winning the inaugural meet title. The Invitational was held again in 2015, where the Owls finished second overall, but was not part of the collegiate schedule in 2016 nor 2017.
Now back in 2018 after the brief hiatus, the Invitational is open to all men's and women's Division I programs (and programs reclassifying to Division I), and the programs must be current members of the CSCAA. Individuals and relays may qualify for the meet by winning their respective event(s) at their official collegiate conference championship, or meeting the CSCAA's established qualifying standard(s).
The meet features 19 swim events over the three days, divided into morning preliminary races and evening finals. The schedule of events, to be held at Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy, is as follows:
Thursday, March 8; Morning & Evening sessions:
200 Free Relay
200 Individual Medley
400 Medley Relay
Frday, March 9; Morning & Evening sessions:
400 Individual Medley
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay
Saturday, March 10; Morning & Evening sessions:
100 Individual Medley
400 Freestyle Relay
CSCAA Invitational Fun Fact! In addition to winning the inaugural National Invitational title in 2014, Rice still holds five (5) meet records from the first two years of the event. Cora McKenzie owns both the Invitational records from the 100- and 200-yard freestyle (49.55 & 1:48.92). Erin Flanigan won the 500-free with meet record time of 4:48.59. The Owls also set meet records winning the 200-free relay (1:32.91) and 400-free relay (3:21.60).