HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's and women's swimming programs have released their inaugural slate for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
The College, which has had a 40-plus year absence of swim teams, will compete for the first time in school history as an intercollegiate varsity program this upcoming academic year. It was announced in April 2017 that the men's and women's swimming teams would join the Hanover athletic department, giving the Panthers 22 varsity programs. A few months after the historic announcement, Blake Braden was announced as the head coach for both squads and he spent the 2017-18 campaign putting together the program's first recruiting class.
History will be made Oct. 20, as the Panther swimmers compete in their first intercollegiate varsity event at the Indiana Division III Championships. Wabash College will be the host of Hanover's season-opening meet.
The Blue and Red will then welcome Rose-Hulman for a women's only dual Oct. 26. Hanover will also welcome Manchester in the winter, Jan. 5, for a men's and women's dual meet. Through a cooperative agreement with nearby Southwestern High School, the Panthers will use the high school's facility for practices and competition. The off-site facility, just five minutes from campus, features a six-lane, 25-meter pool with Paddock Pools starting platforms, a Colorado Time System with a six-lane readout board, and bleacher seating for fans.
The remainder of Hanover's inaugural campaign is littered with competitions hosted by Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institutions, including Anderson, Franklin, Transylvania and the aforementioned Rose-Hulman. Hanover will also compete in the HCAC's second annual league championships, which will welcome the six conference institutions to Terre Haute, Ind., for three days in mid-February.
Swimming originated at Hanover College in 1967 as an intramural program. Using the former pool in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center, the College sported an intercollegiate club program from 1969 through 1977, competing against the likes of Louisville (Ky.), Butler (Ind.), DePauw (Ind.) and Berea (Ky.).
To view the complete 2018-19 swim schedule, visit the link above.
Contact: Tyler Jester