The University of Chicago will be the host institution for the 2019 version of the University Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships. The 32nd annual meet will span four days beginning on Wednesday, February 13th and concluding on the evening of Saturday, February 16th.
2019 Meet Outlook
The 2019 UAA Championships shapes up to be a highly competitive championship meet with some of the top swimmers and programs in the Division III landscape.
For the men, the UAA boasts six teams ranked inside the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top-25, led by the Eagles in the third position with 280 points. Washington University (6th, 246), Chicago (7th, 227), Carnegie Mellon (T-8th, 193) and NYU (10th, 180) round out the top-10 meanwhile Case Western Reserve is ranked 21st with 63 points.
In the women’s poll, Emory leads a contingent of six schools ranked inside the CSCAA top-20, entering the meet ranked second with 373 points. NYU (6th, 317), Chicago (8th, 289) and WashU (9th, 280) lay claim to top-10 rankings with Carnegie Mellon slotted 13th with 191 points and Case Western Reserve 20th with 100 points.
Decades of Dominance
For 20 straight years, the Emory University Swimming and Diving programs have come away with the conference title and are in search of their 20th straight UAA title later this week. A win at the event will also mark the 27th overall UAA championship for the Emory women and 21st for the men.
2018 Championship Meet Recap
Emory played host to the 2018 version of the conference championships with history continuing for the Eagles at their home pool as the Eagles claimed their 20th straight title for both the men’s and women’s programs.
For the women, Cindy Cheng became just the third female in UAA history to be named the Swimmer of the Year for a third time following an impeccable performance for the Eagles. Cheng recorded event titles in all seven events she competed in during the meet while setting four UAA records.
The women finished the four-day meet with 2,049 points, more than 800 points ahead of the rest of the field. NYU finished in second place with 1,246.5 points followed by Carnegie Mellon (1,213.5) in third.
On the men’s side, Thomas Gordon was named the Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual events and helping the Eagles to a victory in the 800 Freestyle Relay, setting the UAA record at 6:40.56. The Emory men racked up 1,725 points as a unit across the championship meet, posting the largest team total as well as largest margin of victory since 2013, outpacing the rest of the field by over 200 points.
Head Coach Jon Howell and assistant coaches Cindy Fontana, Chris Marshall, John Petroff and Bob Hackett were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year on both sides. It marked the fifth straight year and 10th time in program history the staff has earned the women’s honor. It was the fourth time Howell and his staff was bestowed the award on the men's side and the second straight.