The Northeast Conference announced the results of its preseason coaches Swimming and Diving poll on Tuesday, and predict that the Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team will place sixth. The 2018 NEC Swimming and Diving Championships will be contested February 21-24 at Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y.
The Pioneers begin the 2017-18 season on October 13 with a double-dual meet at CCSU with St. Bonaventure. The schedule has the Pioneers swimming a pair of home events, versus three opponents. The first home meet will be October 28 when SHU hosts NEC foe LIU Brooklyn and Stony Brook. SHU swill celebrate Senior Day on January 21 when they host cross town rival Fairfield. Home swimming and diving meets are at McCann Natatorium in Milford, Conn.
SHU travels to New Rochelle on October 21 for a double dual with host Iona and NEC opponent St. Francis Brooklyn. In November, SHU travels to Holy Cross on November 4 and Assumption, for swimming only, on November 11. The Pioneers return to the ECAC Winter Championships, where they placed third last season, December 1-3 at Nassau County Aquatic Center.
The Pioneers have a six week break from competition for Christmas and winter training and return to actoin on January 13 at Manhattan, for a dual with swimming only. Following the Senior Day meet, SHU travels to CCSU on January 26 and NJIT on January 27 to face Monmouth. The dual meet portion of the schedule comes to a close on February 3 at St. Francis Brooklyn.
Central Connecticut received seven first place votes in the coaches poll to be tabbed as the favorite to capture the 2018 NEC Championships. Bryant earned the other first-place vote to be tabbed second, in front of Wagner, Saint Francis U and LIU Brooklyn. Mount St. Mary's was picked to place seventh, followed by St. Francis Brooklyn.
The swimming and diving team had a record-breaking 2016-17 campaign, posting a program-best 9-2 record in dual meets. Over the course of the year SHU swimmers and divers bested 16 school records. At the 2017 NEC Championship, the Pioneers posted 34 lifetime best swims and moved up a spot in the team standings as compared to a season ago