The Royals swim program is charting new waters. In just four short years, the men's and women's teams have emerged from startup status to become a Division II powerhouse.
The 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Geneva, Ohio marked a major milestone for Queens swimming, with the women and men finishing third and fourth in the nation respectively. The Royals crowned nine national champions, set seven new national records for Division II, and turned in 21 new school records during the course of the meet.
"The team did an excellent job training together, competing together and winning together. I am proud to bring home, with Royal Pride, two NCAA trophies for the newly-opened Levine Center."
- Jeff Dugdale, Head Swim Coach
Two swimmers also claimed notable individual awards. Freshman phenom Matthew Josa won all three of his individual events with NCAA record times. He was also named DII Male Swimmer of the Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Junior Kristin Diemer received the Elite 89 award recognizing the student with the highest grade point average.
"We knew they'd accomplish great things, but I've been blown away by the progress made by our swim team in such a short period of time," said Queens President Pamela Davies. "Our investment in the Levine Center, our outstanding coaching staff, the partnership with SwimMAC, and our talented student athletes... all have contributed to the program's remarkable ascension."
Queens' swimmers train in the Levine Center, which features a state-of-the-art aquatic center and 5,000-square-foot fitness center. In addition, Queens has partnered with non-profit SwimMAC Carolina and its Team Elite, the worldwide leader and highly respected Charlotte-based swim club, to create an innovative high performance program.