BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield director of swimming Chris Hansen has announced the 2017-18 Roadrunner men's and women's swimming schedules.
The season will open at USC on Friday Oct. 6 where the ‘Runner men will face the Trojans while the CSUB women are going to take part in a tri-dual with the Women of Troy and Oregon State. The home opener for both teams is the following Saturday when the Roadrunners host Pacific. CSUB travels to UNLV on Oct. 21.
The Roadrunner men host Hawai'i Oct. 28. The ‘Runner women face Hawai'i as well on Oct. 28 as well as hosting Idaho for a tri-dual. Both squads hit the road again Nov. 4 when CSUB heads to future WAC opponent California Baptist. After the Nov. 10-12 USC Diving Invite, both teams are scheduled to compete the UNLV Invite Nov. 16-18.
The Roadrunners will enter the US Nationals Nov. 30-Dec. 2. A women's dual at Fresno State Dec. 9 concludes the 2017 portion of the schedule. The final home women's dual is set for Jan. 2 when CSUB hosts San José State. The men resume action Jan. 6 at Loyola Marymount when CSUB faces UC San Diego. The Roadrunner women will take part in a tri-dual at LMU on the same day with the Lions and UCSD.
The regular season concludes Jan. 20 at Fresno Pacific with a dual for both teams. The Western Athletic Conference Championships are set for Feb. 21-24 in Houston, Texas.
“The women will have their toughest schedule since the program started,” Hansen said. “We have added USC, Oregon State and Hawaii to the schedule as well as swimming WAC powerhouse, Idaho. If we want to continue to build the program, we have to swim against the best. The ladies will also change their mid-season meet to the UNLV invite which will be a tougher meet then the A3 invite we participated in the last couple of years. I'm excited to see how this young team accepts these big changes.”
"For the men, we will bring our biggest group to the US Nationals in Columbus! Ohio, since I have been here," said Hansen. "It's exciting to have so many qualifiers. Like the ladies, this will be one of our toughest schedules with USC, UNLV, Pacific and adding Hawai'i to the mix. These are all top programs that we can now say we are able to compete against. We are also excited to see BYU, Cal Poly and UCSB at the UNLV Invite. We are going to be a young team but I'm super excited about the talent we have coming in."