11 Owls Competing At 'Swimming NIT' Reboot

March 5, 2018

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
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
400 Medley Relay

Frday, March 9; Morning & Evening sessions:
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay

Saturday, March 10; Morning & Evening sessions:
1650 Freestyle
100 Individual Medley
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
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).



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