HOUSTON - A total of 14 regular season meets, including five on-campus at the Aquatics Center, highlight the new 2017-2018 schedule for the Rice Owls swim team.
The Owls open the 2017-2018 season on September 16 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Open Water Championships. Rice then hosts four consecutive home events in the month of October, starting with a dual meet against the United States Air Force Academy on Oct. 6. The next day the Blue & Gray welcome back Air Force as well as longtime foes Houston and Incarnate Word in Rice’s Fall Splash Invitational, a four-team meet divided into two sessions in the morning and afternoon of Oct. 7.
On October 20 the Owls host a Conference USA dual meet against league foe North Texas. Nationally-ranked SMU visits South Main on Oct. 21. Rice heads to New Orleans, La., the following weekend (Oct. 27-28) for the third annual Dualapalooza. In this unique event the swimmers are scheduled to compete against three teams in separate dual meets over a two-day span. The Owls face defending C-USA Champion Florida International, 2017 Summit League champion Denver, and longtime rival Tulane for the three round-robin meets.
On November 16-18 the Owls are across town at UH’s annual Phill Hansel Invitational. On December 2 Rice hosts its final home meet of the season with a dual against nationally-ranked Texas A&M.
That is a fairly rugged lineup of opponents, and the Rice schedule has not even yet reached the new year. The Blue & Gray has winter training and holiday meets in Florida and Arizona. In 2018 the swimmers are scheduled to compete against some of the best in the region and face strong opponents all the way through the C-USA Championships starting on February 21. The C-USA meet returns to the Georgia Tech Swim Center, the same facility that hosted the 1996 Olympics. The 2018 NCAA Championships are set for March in Columbus, Ohio. In late March also keep an eye out for the return of the CSCAA Swimming & Diving Invitational (often referred to as the “Swimming NIT”) which the Owls won in 2014.
Rice Swimming is under the direction of head coach Seth Huston, who is now his 16th season at the helm of the program. A year ago the Owls finished second in the Conference USA Championships.