Bowling Green, Ky. — Atlantic Coast Conference powers Boston College and Georgia Tech, instate rival Louisville, and Sun Belt Conference contender Southern Illinois highlight the Western Kentucky University 2007-08 men’s and women’s swimming and diving schedule released Wednesday.
“We are trying to compete with some of the best schools around the country to get Western Kentucky University more exposure and to let people know that we can compete against the big boys and big girls,” head coach Bruce Marchionda said.
After the annual Red & White scrimmage on Sept. 29, the regular season gets underway with a home date against Delta State on Oct. 13.
WKU will then take part in three different invites with the first being the Oakland University Invitational on Oct. 27 featuring the host school, IUPUI, and Wayne State. After a meet at Georgia Tech (Nov. 3), WKU comes home to host the Hilltopper Invite, with Evansville, Missouri-Rolla, and Vanderbilt coming to town on Nov. 16-18. Two weeks later, the team will head to Little Rock, Ark., to compete in the UALR invitational on Dec. 1-2.
During its winter training session, the Hilltoppers will face off against Boston College in Islamorada, Fla., on Jan. 11. WKU will then return to the Bill Powell Natatorium for its final two home meets of the year against Evansville (Jan. 19) and SIU (Jan. 26).
To close out the regular season, WKU will visit Louisville on Jan. 31 before hosting the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Feb. 28-March 1 at the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville, Tenn.
“We are extremely excited to be hosting the Sun Belt Conference Championships again this year. Nashville is right in our back yard and gives our fan base an easy place to support their Hilltoppers,” Marchionda said. “Craig Biggs and his staff did an outstanding job of running the championships last year and I am sure that it will be no different this year.”
The Hilltoppers are coming into the season having won 20 straight dual meets and three straight SBC championships. The Lady Toppers finished last year with a 6-2 record and were second at the league meet.