Feb. 19, 2016

Gameday Information

Host: Oakland Golden Grizzlies  
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Saturday, Feb. 27
Time: 2/24 finals at 5:30 p.m., 2/25-27 prelims at 10 a.m., finals 5:30 p.m.
Location: Rochester, Mich.
Venue: Oakland Aquatic Center


2/24-27: Oakland at Horizon League Championships

Day 1, Wednesday Feb. 24:
ESPN3 finals

Day 2, Thursday Feb. 25:
ESPN3 prelims, ESPN3 finals

Day 3, Friday Feb. 26:
ESPN3 prelims, ESPN3 finals

Day 4, Saturday Feb. 27:
ESPN3 prelims, ESPN3 finals

Live Scoring

2016 Horizon League Championship Central

ROCHESTER, Mich. The Oakland men's and women's swimming and diving teams will attempt to defend their Horizon League titles beginning Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Oakland Aquatic Center as they host the 2016 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships. 

BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPS: Since joining the Horizon League in 2014, the Golden Grizzlies have won the past two men's and women's conference titles. A third straight conference title would make the Oakland men's team the first team to win three consecutive championships since Milwaukee from 2010-12. The women would be the first team to win three in a row since Green Bay won seven straight titles from 2005-11.

LEADER OF THE PACK: Oakland currently holds the top league times in 14 different events on both the men's and women's sides, including 11 individual events and three relays.

DEFENDING THEIR TITLE: The Golden Grizzlies begin their title defense returning a number of key contributors including 2015 Horizon League Female Swimmer of the Year Patricia Aschan, last year's conference champion in the 200 and 400-yard IM and 200 butterfly. The women also return reigning conference champions Nikki Flynn (100 and 200 freestyle) and Takara Martin (100 and 200 breaststroke).

The men return 2015 Horizon League champions John Schihl (100 and 200 breast), Mitch Alters (200 fly), Tuomas Kiviluoma (100 free) and Jeremiah Morren (50 free). Stirling Fordham placed third on the 1-meter board and sixth on the 3-meter board last year at the Horizon League Championships.

HOVLAND'S RESUME: Pete Hovland returns for his 37th year as Oakland's head coach accumulating 37 consecutive conference championships, four NCAA Division II National Championships and 54 individual national champions on the men's team and 21 straight conference titles for the women. Hovland has been named a conference coach of the year 23 times, including the Horizon League Men's and Women's Swimming Coach of the Year in 2015.

BRAINS AND BRAWN: The Oakland men's and women's swimming and diving teams were both selected to the 2015 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America team on Jan. 27. The men's team finished the fall semester with a team grade-point average of 3.36 ranking 14th among Division I teams in the nation and the women's team boasted a 3.53 team GPA good for 22nd.

MORREN MAKES HISTORY: Holly Morren had a historic swim in the 100-yard freestyle on Dec. 6 at the Zippy Invitational when she swam a Horizon League record time of 49.82, becoming the first woman in conference history to swim under 50 seconds in a 100 free. The time was also a school record and NCAA `B' qualifying time.

ZIPPING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: The Golden Grizzlies combined to break 14 records last month at the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio as the men's team took first place and the women finished runner-up.  Freshman Devon Nowicki broke a record in every swim he competed in, totaling 10 records in three days including a school record in the 100 breaststroke (53.15). 

TAKE A BOW: Seven Golden Grizzlies have earned weekly honors this season as Fordham earned Horizon League Male Diver of the Week twice on Oct. 20 and Dec. 8, while teammate Joe Smith also won diver of the week twice on Nov. 17 and Jan. 26. Aschan earned Horizon League Female Swimmer of the Week twice on Nov. 17 and Jan. 12 while also being named CollegeSwimming.com's Conference Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 12. Nowicki was named the league's male swimmer of the week on Dec. 8, and Flynn was twice named CollegeSwimming.com's Conference Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 10 and Dec 8. Kiviluoma was named male swimmer of the week on Jan. 26 and Krissy Harmon was named swimmer of the week Feb. 9 also.

LIVING LIKE ISLANDERS: The Oakland men's and women's swimming and diving teams took a break from competition for over a month. During that time, the team traveled down to Puerto Rico for 10 days for their annual training trip. Outside of training, the teams stayed at a beachside hotel and took a day off to cliff dive.

NEW ADDITIONS: Oakland announced on Nov. 30 the addition of nine student-athletes during the fall signing period. The men's squad will add distance freestyler Micah DeJonge to the 2016-17 class, and the women's team will have eight newcomers for next season, those being swimmers Kirstyn Abbasse, Katherine Colwell, Rileigh Eding, Sara Heines, Amanda Hudson, Grace Shinske, and divers Angelique Wise and Sarah Stine.




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