Mariners hope to make a splash at season-opening USMMA Invite

KINGS POINT, N.Y. -- The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's and women's swimming and diving teams will start thei season in the USMMA Invite at O'Hara Hall on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The meet will mark the first six home contests this season that run through Jan. 26.

The schedule includes home encounters against Queens College on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m., Lehman College on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m., a dual meet with Goucher and Drew on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m., the Coast Guard Academy on Senior Day at 1 p.m. on Jan. 21 and St. Joe's College (women only) on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.

The teams' schedule includes a winter training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla from Dec. 26-Jan. 3.

Other key dates include the Landmark Championships at Marywood University on Feb. 10-12, the Metropolitan Championships at Rutgers University on Feb. 17-19 and the NCAA Division III championships (men and women) on March 21-24.

The Mariners' men were selected to repeat as Landmark Conference champions again in a pre-season poll of coaches, while the women were picked to finish fourth.