Men's and women's swimming coming to Lynchburg in 2019-20

Swimmer in a pool doing freestyle. Logo: Lynchburg Swimming.

Interested in swimming for Lynchburg? Contact director of men's and women's swimming Brad Dunn at dunn_bj@lynchburg.edu or fill out our recruiting questionnaire!

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg and director of athletics Jon Waters are pleased to announce the addition of men's and women's swimming for the 2019-20 academic year and will immediately begin a national search for a director of men's and women's swimming.

Starting next year, Lynchburg will sponsor 24 varsity intercollegiate athletic programs and join the other 13 swimming programs competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

"Central Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region produce scholar-athletes each year who are looking for a swimming opportunity as part of a dynamic athletic department like ours," Waters said. "We are excited to be able to add swimming to our athletic offerings and look forward to preparing for competition in 2019."

The Hornets will train and compete at one of the Lynchburg area's many outstanding nearby facilities and will finalize a home for the program in the coming weeks.

Swimming is not a sport new to Lynchburg. The institution offered men's swimming from 1950-71 and women's swimming between 1964-71.

The Hornet men competed in both the Mason-Dixon and Little Eight conferences during their time on campus and even had an All-American, Hank Mierzwa ('73), who competed at the NAIA national championship meet in 1971.

Lynchburg's women finished as high as sixth in the Virginia state meet.

In 2017-18, Lynchburg again began to offer swimming on the club sports level and experienced immediate success. Sophomore Alyssa Reed (Forest, Va.) qualified for the College Club Swimming Championships in Atlanta, Ga. in five events. Reed finished sixth in the 50-meter butterfly and 50-meter backstroke at the national event, also swimming in the 100-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle.

"I'm really excited about swimming at Lynchburg," Reed said, "because this department and the Division III mission are exactly what the student-athlete experience should be about."

Her times and those of some of her club teammates compared favorably to those being swum in the ODAC currently.

"I feel like we have the talent on Lynchburg's club team to be able to come in and compete in the ODAC right away," Reed added.

The league features 10 schools that offer both men's and women's swimming programs in full-members Bridgewater, Emory & Henry, Ferrum, Guilford, Randolph, Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Virginia Wesleyan, and Washington and Lee and associate-member Greensboro. Hollins and Sweet Briar sponsor women's programs, while Hampden-Sydney offers men's swimming.

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Fri Sep 20
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Sat Sep 21
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4 Roanoke
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
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Sat Sep 07
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0 Maryville (Tenn.)
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Sun Sep 08
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0 Regent
10 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
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2 No. 16 Mary Washington
0 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
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1 No. 13 Oglethorpe
2 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
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Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
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at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
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Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
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at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
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at Bridgewater (Va.)
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Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
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Sat Oct 12
7:00 PM
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at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
3:00 PM
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at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
7:30 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
7:00 PM
Shenandoah
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Fri Nov 01
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ODAC Tournament -- First Round
Sun Nov 03
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Sat Aug 31
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2 No. 10 Johns Hopkins
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Sun Sep 01
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2 Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
7 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
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Sat Sep 07
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1 Maryville (Tenn.)
2 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
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Sun Sep 08
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0 Kalamazoo
3 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
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Sat Sep 14
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2 No. 19 Lynchburg
3 at Emory
Sun Sep 15
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1 No. 19 Lynchburg
0 at Piedmont
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
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at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
12:00 PM
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at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
4:00 PM
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at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
7:00 PM
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at Ferrum
Wed Oct 16
4:00 PM
Sweet Briar
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Sat Oct 19
5:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
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Wed Oct 23
4:00 PM
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at Randolph-Macon
Sun Oct 27
1:00 PM
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at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
6:00 PM
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at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
1:00 PM
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vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Wed Nov 06
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@ High Seed ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
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