FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After weeks of preparation, the Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s swimming teams enter championship season, as the Sharks will travel to Clearwater, Fla. this weekend to compete in the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Championship meet from Thursday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Long Center.
The meet itself is a four-day event consisting of both prelims and finals. Thursday through Saturday, prelims will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by finals at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 24, prelims will start once again at 10:00 a.m., but finals will begin at 5:00 p.m. preceded by senior student-athlete recognition. Keep up with the latest results, live video, and meet information by visiting the SSC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL.
“This might be one of the most competitive meets we’ve gone to in the history of the SSC Championship,” explained head coach Ben Hewitt. “On the men’s side especially, there is a great deal of parity and it’s going to make for an incredible atmosphere. It’s going to take a complete effort for our team to come out on top, but I am confident in our preparation and our team.”
Both sides of the Sharks swimming program took home the conference crown in 2018, with Courtney DeVeny earning her second consecutive SSC Female Swimmer of the Meet award. The women have won three of the last four SSC Championships, with 2018’s win pushing them to a total of four in program history, a conference high. The men’s side has won back-to-back championships and are currently tied with Florida Southern for four championship titles in program history.
Throughout the season, the No. 10 women’s team posted a 7-2 overall record and was 5-1 in conference action while the No. 16 men were 5-2 on the season and 3-1 against SSC opponents.
The Sharks are traveling 44 swimmers in total, 23 on the women’s side and 21 on the men’s. While there are 30 returning Sharks, the two teams boast 14 new faces to help them score at the competition.
“I think both of our teams are deep and talented, but we have a lot of room for growth and I think based on where we are seeded, we can make tremendous strides over the course of the meet,” said Hewitt. “Adding Aleksei Averchenko and Aleksandra Maslova to our team has will give us a giant lift as will the collective effort of this team.”
Nightly recaps will be available on NSUSharks.com, but be sure to follow @NSU_Swim on Twitter for hourly updates during each session of this upcoming SSC Championship meet.