HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas Commissioner Dr. Alan Patterson has announced that women's swimming & diving will be added as the league's 21st championship sport. Conference Carolinas will add women's swimming and diving for the 2017-18 academic year.
Converse will move from the Bluegrass Mountain Conference in the newly formed Conference Carolinas Swimming Conference. The Valkyries have been a part of the BMC since the program was started in 2009.
"Conference Carolinas believes in the value of high-quality competition to provide exceptional student-athlete educational experiences," said Dr. Patterson. "Swimming and diving is known for the dedication, competitive spirit and lifelong-lasting benefits. I am pleased conference members are sponsoring women's swimming and diving as an NCAA Division II sport and men's swimming and diving as an emerging sport. I am confident the inclusion will add to the conference brand and student-athlete experience."
Five Conference Carolinas members will sponsor women's swimming. Barton College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, King University and Limestone College will compete along with associate member Chowan University. In addition to women's swimming, Barton, Emmanuel, King and Limestone will compete in men's swimming as an emerging Conference Carolinas sport.
Converse will serve as the host for the inaugural championship, which will be held February 8-10, 2018. It will be the first Conference Carolinas Championship hosted by Converse since the 2014 Soccer Championships.
"We could not be more excited here at Converse to be serving as the first host of the Conference Carolinas Swimming Championship," said Corey White, Converse's head women's swimming coach. "Many colleges across the nation, including quite a few from the southeast, have added swimming over the last few years. The fact our conference now sponsors women's swimming, with the intentions of adding men's swimming, we see it as an opportunity to put on a first-class meet and really show people what the sport has to offer."
During the 2017-18 academic year, Conference Carolinas will be an 12-team, 21-sport, NCAA Division II conference with teams located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Conference Carolinas sponsors the following NCAA Division II Championship Sports: Baseball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Soccer; Women's Soccer; Softball; Women's Swimming & Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Men's Indoor Track & Field; Women's Indoor Track & Field; Men's Outdoor Track & Field; Women's Outdoor Track & Field; Men's Volleyball and Women's Volleyball.