BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's and women's swim teams will have a new conference home this upcoming season.
The two swim teams will now call the Appalachian Swimming Conference their new home, leaving behind the Bluegrass Mountain Conference.
The ASC is similar to the BMC in regards to they were both ran and organized by the coaches, but the ASC will be a better fit for Wesleyan both competitively and geographically.
The BMC hosted primarily North Carolina and South Carolina swim teams.
The ASC already includes Notre Dame College, Urbana and Wheeling Jesuit from the Mountain East Conference and in-state Alderson-Broaddus University.
"This move for West Virginia Wesleyan Swimming is the best move for us at this time," remarked head swim coach April Gitzen. "The ASC is a better conference for our teams to belong to and allows us to achieve more as a team. The major reason we chose this option was to be in the same conference as the other MEC schools. The MEC is working to have swimming become a sponsored sport and this was a means of us getting closer to that. This move allows 4 out of the 5 MEC Swimming Programs to compete in the same championship meet."
With the addition of Wesleyan, the ASC is now a 12-school conference. Including the schools listed above, the ASC also features Brenau University (women only), Emmanuel College, King University, LaGrange College, Malone University, Mars Hill University and Warren Wilson.
To become a member of the ASC, Wesleyan had to submit a letter of request which stated the reasons for wanting to join the conference. The ASC coaches voted unanimously to allow Wesleyan entry into the conference.
The ASC championships will take place in Christiansburg, Va. from February 9-11, 2017.
"The change in conferences allows our men's and women's swimming programs to be showcased appropriately," concluded Gitzen. "The team members and coaches are very excited about this news and look forward to the change."