Gophers to host 2014 NCAA women’s swimming and diving championship

by Megan Ryan

Minnesota will host the 2014 NCAA women's swimming and diving championships, the NCAA Division I Championships Cabinet announced Thursday.

The championship will be the fourth women's competition and 10th overall hosted by Minnesota. The event will run March 20-22, 2014. Texas will host the 2014 men's meet March 27-29.

“The University of Minnesota is known for running great championship meets, and we are so excited to be the host for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Championship,” Gophers head men’s and women’s coach Kelly Kremer said in a statement. “We believe the Twin Cities is one of the best swimming and diving communities in the United States, and a meet like this gives us an opportunity to bring swimming and diving's best athletes here to our campus for this community to come out and see.”

The University Aquatic Center, which just received renovations this fall, will host the 2013 women's Big Ten championship as well.  This spring will be the sixth time the Gophers have hosted the women's meet and the 12th overall.

The facility has much previous experience hosting high-level competitions, including three U.S. National Championships, three U.S. Opens, 10 Big Ten Championships, a U.S. Olympic Festival and a U.S. Diving Championships. In fact, swimming stars such as Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin will compete next weekend at the University Aquatic Center as part of USA Swimming's Grand Prix series.