ATHENS, Ohio -- For the second time in three years, the men's National Collegiate Club Championship will be hosted in the state of Ohio as Ohio University will serve as host of the 2008 Men's National Collegiate Club Championship on November 14-16.
A member of the Great Lakes Division, Ohio will make its first Nationals appearance as the Bobcats have never before finished as the top squad in the division.
It marks the second time in three years the state of Ohio will serve as host of the title tournament as Miami University (Ohio) was the site of the 2006 championship.
The tournament is not seeded by ability, since there is no equitable means to determine the respective strength of the teams. Too few teams play outside of their division schedules to be able to create an accurate seeding, so match-ups are based upon the 2007 National Collegiate Club Championship results by division. The host region (Great Lakes) receives two automatic bids, one of which is assumed by the division champion and the other by the host site or division runner-up (the 16th position). This ensures the tournament host is always a participant.
In 2008, the Pacific Coast Division champion will enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed thanks to California Polytechnic State University taking the 2007 title at the University of Arizona. The remaining 15 seeds are assigned in order to the Big 10 Conference, Missouri Valley Division, Southwest Division, Great Lakes Division, Florida Division, Mid-Atlantic Division, New England Division, Rocky Mountain Division, Northwest Division, Southeast Division, Great Plains Division, Texas Division, Atlantic Division, New York Division and Host or Host Division Runner-Up.
This year's championship will be hosted at the Ohio Aquatic
Center, which opened in January 1984 at a cost of $4.7 million.
The Olympic-size pool has 22 25-yard lanes, 10 50-meter lanes and a pair of one-meter and three-meter diving boards. Approximately 645,468.75 gallons create 12,300 square feet of surface water.
The shallow end of the pool is 3'6" deep while the deepest part is 13'14" deep. There is an underwater window at the deep end and an outdoor sun deck on the second floor.
The 1,105-seat facility hosted the 1984-85 NCAA Diving Regionals and numerous conference championship meets, including the Women's MAC Championships in 1986, 1989, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2005 and the Men's MAC Championships in 1988, 1991, 1998, 2002, and 2006.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory.
|Men's National Collegiate Club Champions|
|1993||Northwestern University||University of Maryland|
|1994||U.S. Military Academy||University of Dayton|
|1995||University of Dayton||U.S. Military Academy|
|1996||University of Michigan||University of Arizona|
|1997||Dartmouth College||University of Colorado|
|1998||University of Michigan||Penn State University|
|1999||California Poly State University||University of Richmond|
|2000||Michigan State University||University of Washington|
|2001||California Poly State University||Villanova University|
|2002||California Poly State University||USC|
|2003||University of Michigan||California Poly State University|
|2004||California Poly State University||University of Arizona|
|2005||Grand Valley State University||Michigan State University|
|2006||Michigan State University||Grand Valley State University|
|2007||California Poly State University||Michigan State University|