Louisville Swimming and Diving releases 2017-18 schedule

Following last year’s highly successful campaign, the University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming teams have released their 2017-18 meet schedule.

The Cardinals will host six home events this season at the Ralph Wright Natatorium, including four dual meets and the Louisville Invitational. The Cardinals will leave Louisville for meets at Notre Dame, SMU and Virginia.

Louisville opens its competitive year with the Red-Black Intersquad Meet on Sept. 29-30. The regular season opens the following week with a dual meet at Notre Dame on Oct. 6-7. The women’s squad will remain on the road the following week at the SMU Classic on Oct. 13-14, with the men’s competition taking place in Dallas on Jan. 12-13.

The home portion of the schedule officially begins on Friday, Oct. 20 with a dual meet against Michigan, followed by another home contest against Tennessee on Thursday, Nov. 2. After a trip to Virginia on Nov. 10-11, select members of the teams will face off against the nation’s best at the USA Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

In the new year, the Cardinals resume their home slate with meets against Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 20 and Indiana on Senior Day on Friday, Jan. 26. The regular season will conclude on Feb. 13-14 with multiple schools coming to town for the Louisville Invitational.

In postseason action, qualifying members will head to the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C., with the women’s tournament taking place on Feb. 14-17, followed by the men’s event on Feb. 21-24. In addition to the Winter Nationals, Columbus will also host the NCAA Diving Zones and Women’s Championships on March 14-17. The Men’s NCAA Championships will be held in Minneapolis, Minn. on March 21-24.

The Cardinals will conclude their season with the Mesa Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz. on April 12-14.

After a record setting NCAA season in the pool, the 2016-17 Cardinals made headlines this summer while swimming on the biggest stages around the world. A total of 18 Cardinals took on the worlds’ best and the contingent brought back to the Ville one of the largest medal hauls in the NCAA – 21 medals in total – 13 gold, three silver, and five bronze.

The Cards had five different athletes representing Team USA this summer as well as seven other countries at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan and Junior World Championships in Indianapolis. They also made a splash in the record books setting U.S. Open, American and World Records. Ten Cardinals return to action this fall at the Ralph Wright Natatorium and look to continue to raise the bar for Louisville Swimming and Diving in the NCAA and on the International Stage.

Highlights from 2016-17
1.) Arthur Albiero was named as a Team USA Coach. He was the head coach at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Windsor, Canada where he coached Team USA to 30 total medals , two-times as many as the next country. He was an assistant coach for the 2017 FINA Long Course World Championships in Budapest.

2.) At the FINA Short Course World Championships in Windsor, Canada, Grigory Tarasevich won gold, Mallory Comerford won two golds and a silver and Carlos Claverie set a Venezuelan national record.

3.) At the USA College Challenge in Indianapolis, University of Louisville stars Mallory Comerford and Andrea Cottrell represented the USA while Louisville head coach Arthur Albiero served as the USA Head Coach,

4.) Grigory Tarasevich, Carlos Claverie and Andrea Cottrell were named CollegeSwimming’s National Swimmers of the Week. Cottrell won hers after her swims at the SMU Classic here the Cardinals were edged by Michigan by one point. Her time in the 100-breaststroke was the third fastest in NCAA Division I at the time Her 200-breast mark is second fastest in Division I that week. Collegeswimming.com named Grigory Tarasevich National Swimmer of the Week for his role in assisting the No. 11 ranked Cardinals to a win over No. 20 ranked ACC foe North Carolina. Louisville’s Claverie was the ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Week after posting the NCAA’s fastest time in the nation in the 200 breast stroke at the time of 1:53.32, along with a meet record time of 52.93 in the 100 breast stroke as the Cardinals took first place in the Louisville Invitational.

5.) At NCAA women’s championships, Mallory Comerford tied Katie Ledecky in the 200 Free to share NCAA gold. Uof L had ten other swimmers making the A-finals 19 times. The women finished 6th. At NCAA men’s championship, UofL had A-finalists (All Americans) in 19 times. The men finished 11th.

6.) At USA Championships/World Trials, Kelsi Worrell won the 50M fly and Mallory Comerford won the 100M Freestyle. Andrea Cottrell and Zach Harting qualified for World University Games in Taipei and Nick Albiero earned slot in the Junior World Championships. Nick Albiero was the 18-U National Champion in the 100M Fly.

7.) Molly Fears and Brianna Price competed at the USA Diving Zone C Championship. Molly ended up 6th on 3m and first on platform. She qualified for the USA Diving National Championship in Columbus, OH

FINA World Championships
Mallory Comerford – USA, 5 Gold Medals
Kelsi Worrell – USA, 4 Gold, 1 Bronze Medals
Andrej Barna – Serbia
Etay Gurevich – Israel
Grigory Tarasevich- Russia, 1 Bronze Medal
Carlos Claverie – Venezuela
Marcelo Acosta – El Salvador
Nastja Govejsek – Slovenia
Arina Openysheva – Russia

World University Games
Andrea Cottrell – USA, 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze Medals
Zach Harting – USA, 2 Gold Medals
Tanja Kylliainen- Finland
Arina Openysheva – Russia, 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

Junior World Championships
Nicolas Albiero – USA, 1 Silver Medal

US National Team
Kelsi Worrell
Mallory Comerford
Andrea Cottrell
Zach Harting
Arthur Albiero
Stephanie Juncker
Vlad Polyakov

US National Junior Team
Nicolas Albiero
Chris Lindauer

El Salvador World Championship Head Coach
Kameron Chastain

National Coaching Staff
USA World Championship Coach
Arthur Albiero
Russia World Championship Coach
Vlad Polyakov
Venezuela World Championship Coach
Stephanie Juncker

Women’s Swimming: Major Awards:
All ACC : Mallory Comerford (4x), Andrea Cottrell (2x)

All American
Abbie Houck
Mallory Comerford (6x)
Sophie Cattermole
Alex Sellers
Lainey Visscher (2x)
Avery Braunecker
Casey Fanz (3x)
Alina Kendzior (2x)
Andrea Cottrell (4x)
Grace Oglesby (3x)
Nastja Govejsek

HM All American
Grace Oglesby

Men’s Swimming Major Awards
All ACC
Trevor Carroll (2x)
Marcelo Acosta
Josh Quallen (2x)
Zach Harting
Carlos Claverie (3x)
Grigory Tarasevich (3x)

All Americans
Matthias Lindenbauer
Trevor Carroll (4x)
Grigory Tarasevich (6x)
Zach Harting
Josh Quallen (3x)
Carlos Claverie (3x)
Andrej Barna

All Americans
Grigory Tarasevich (5x)
Carlos Claverie (3x)
Josh Quallen (2x)
Trevor Carroll (3x)
Matthias Lindenbauer
Zach Harting

HM All Americans
Marcelo Acosta
Zach Harting
Etay Gurevich
Josh Quallen (2x)
Carlos Claverie
Trevor Carroll (2x)
Andrej Barna
Grigory Tarasevich

Nancy Allison Worley
Associate Director, Sports Information
University of Louisville Athletics

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