DURHAM, N.H. – Entering his 21st season as head coach, Josh Willman and the University of New Hampshire have announced the upcoming 2013-14 swimming & diving schedule.
Last season, the Wildcats were ranked as high as 19th in Division I en route to UNH's fifth America East Swimming & Diving championship and sent sophomore Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.) and junior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) to the NCAA Championships. Roberts was named America East Swimmer of the Year while Mann was presented the America East Scholar Athlete of the Year award for women's swimming & diving. Both Mann and Roberts were bestowed ECAC Swimmer of the Year awards. Willman and his staff were honored with its fourth consecutive America East Coaching Staff of the Year award.
The Wildcats will compete against nine teams in dual meets this season as well as participating in the Terrier Invitational. The first dual meet will take place on the road, as UNH visits Atlantic Coast Conference member Boston College on Saturday, Oct. 12. New Hampshire returns home for swimming & diving family & alumni weekend, as the Wildcats play host to Vermont on Saturday, Oct. 19. The following weekend, UNH and Northeastern compete in Swasey Pool for a heads-up match slated for Saturday, Oct. 26.
New Hampshire begins its longest stretch away from Durham, N.H., as UNH competes against Northeast Conference foes Bryant and host Central Connecticut on Saturday, Nov. 2. The 'Cats remain in New England the following week as Rhode Island hosts New Hampshire's last dual meet of the 2013 year on Saturday, Nov. 9. In the final event of the 2013 year, New Hampshire takes part in the three-day Terrier Invitational, hosted by Boston University, a new member of the Patriot League, starting Nov. 22.
After the holiday break and a training trip to Winter Park, Fla., the Wildcats ramp up action against a pair of Ivy League opponents. In-state rival Dartmouth plays host to UNH on Friday, Jan. 17 while the 'Cats return to Swasey Pool to clash with Yale on Friday, Jan. 24. New Hampshire concludes its final duel meet of the season at Maine, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 31.
New Hampshire then moves onto the America East Championships, which are slated for a four-day event beginning Thursday, Feb. 13. The following week, individuals will have one more chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships at the ECAC Championships in a three-day meet starting Friday, Feb. 21. This year's NCAA women's swimming & diving championships takes place at the University Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota from Mar. 20-23.