The Tennessee women's swimming and diving team won't have to travel very far during the 2010-11 season as seven of its 14 meets will be held at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Led by head coach Matt Kredich, who is entering his sixth season at the helm, along with assistant Jen Arndt Woodruff and diving coach Dave Parrington, the team will face stiff competition throughout the season.
"We love swimming at home, and it turns out this year we're at home a lot," Kredich said. "Our team loves to compete at the highest level, and it's great for us that we don't need to travel very far to get that kind of competition. "
Last season, the Lady Vols finished 13th at the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships thanks to strong senior leadership. Kredich expects this season to be no different.
"Last year's seniors set a very powerful example by coming together at the beginning of the season and agreeing that they would always present a united front to the team and work out their differences behind the scenes," Kredich said. "That unified leadership was incredibly strong, and I would love to have our seniors do the same this year.
The season kicks off with two home meets as SEC foe Arkansas comes to town on Oct. 16 and BIG EAST member Louisville invades Rocky Top on Oct. 21.
The Lady Vols will then travel to Kentucky to face their next two opponents in the University of the Cumberlands on Oct. 29 and the Wildcats of UK the following day on Oct. 30.
Tennessee's next four meets will be back in Knoxville, starting with the Tennessee Invitational, which will include Kentucky, Alabama and Virginia Tech on Nov. 18-20.
The new year will start off with the Tennessee Diving Invitational on Jan. 3-5. The next two home dual meets will be against Virginia on Jan. 8 and last season's SEC champion, Georgia, on Jan. 22.
A week later the teams will journey to Gainesville, Fla., on Jan. 29 to face off against the Florida Gators, the defending national champions.
"This is the most competitive conference in the country from top to bottom," Kredich said. "We've regularly had seven of our nine teams in the Top 25, and we've won more NCAA titles than any other conference in the past 15 years."
The UT diving team will be back in Gainesville on Feb. 11-13 to compete in the SEC Diving Championships. Three days later, the SEC Swimming Championships will take place in Gainesville and run through Feb. 19.
The Last Chance meet will be held in Knoxville on Feb. 25-26, followed by the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships on March 10-12.
The University of Texas will serve as the host site for the NCAA Championships on March 10-12.
Women’s swimming announces 2011 schedule
Published: Tue Aug 03, 2010