LakePoint, Ga. – The Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) announced the addition of Mount St. Mary's to the sport of men's swimming and diving, expanding the league's membership to seven programs for the 2018 championship. Mount St. Mary's men's swimming and diving enters its second season, after completing its inaugural year in 2016-17.
The Mount joins the CCSA for this upcoming season and will be competing at the CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships in Athens, Ga. on February 14-17, 2018. Founded in 2007 as the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, the CCSA has always built championship athletic opportunities for college students throughout its existence. The ASUN Conference, Big South, Mid-Eastern Athletic (MEAC) and the Southern Conference came together to create a swimming and diving championship opportunity for programs in their leagues originally. Over the next decade, the CCSA grew to include members as far north as Newark, NJ and as west as San Antonio.
Mount St. Mary's Head Coach Neil Yost is excited about joining the CCSA. "We are excited and honored to be competing in the CCSA this year. The men's program has been around for a short period of time, but has matured quickly and we believe the CCSA provides our team a great opportunity to compete and grow for the foreseeable future.
CCSA Executive Director Meredith Eaker expressed her excitement about adding another program to the sport of men's swimming and diving. "The CCSA is excited to welcome Mount St. Mary's men's swimming and diving. This move continues our main mission, providing student-athletes the opportunity to participate in a championship and be recognized for their athletic and academic achievements at the highest level. We look forward to the expanded competition with Mount St. Mary's in the CCSA."
The CCSA, an NCAA Division I conference, formed in 2007 as a partnership among swimming and diving programs in the ASUN Conference, Big South Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southern Conference to provide championship opportunities for the men's and women's swimming and diving student-athletes. Conference growth in swimming and diving now shows 14 institutions with competitors from several Division I multisport conferences. With the addition of beach volleyball, the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association now boasts 22 member institutions with participants from 11 different NCAA Division I multisport conferences.