ESPN to Provide Exclusive Coverage of 11 NCAA Winter Championships

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ESPN to Provide Exclusive Coverage of 11 NCAA Winter Championships

  • Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, Men’s and Women’s Fencing, Women’s Bowling Live
  • Comprehensive Coverage of Women’s Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey, Wrestling and Women’s Gymnastics 

ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of 11 NCAA Winter Championships beginning Friday, March 11, and continuing into April. ESPNU and ESPN3 will cover the Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship (March 11-12, & 23), Women’s (March 18-19 & 29) and Men’s (March 25-26 & April 6) Swimming and Diving, and the Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championship (March 25, 27 & April 6). ESPNU and ESPN2 will also televise the Women’s Bowling Championship (April 16-17).

The Women’s Basketball Championship, along with Men’s Ice Hockey, Wrestling, and Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be carried across ESPN networks. Wrestling details were announced earlier and the other championships’ coverage details will be announced in the coming days. All 11 Championships are available on WatchESPN.

NCAA Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships – from Birmingham, Alabama
Commentators:  John Anderson, Dwight Stones, Larry Rawson and Larra Overton
What to Watch For:

  • Men: Two-time defending National Champion Oregon is a top contender for the team championship once again; Arkansas is expected to challenge them for the title.
  • Men: Oregon’s Edward Cheserek leads team and can become just the third runner to ever achieve 20 points in three different Indoor Championships.
  • Women: Florida, Oregon, Georgia and Arkansas are the top contenders for the team championship.
  • Women: Boise State’s Allie Ostrander and Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel face each other for the third time; Southern Illinois’ Raven Saunders continues her quest for the Olympics.
  • More information on men’s storylines here and women’s here.

NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships – from Waltham, Mass
Commentators:  Don Anthony and JB Long
What to Watch For:

  • Individual: Coverage of both the men’s and women’s epee, foil and saber events.
  • Team: Columbia is No. 1 in both the men’s and women’s polls, while Notre Dame sits at No. 2 in both.

 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships – from Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators:  Rich Burk, Rowdy Gaines, Cynthia Potter and Kat LaRocca
What to Watch For:

  • Texas (men) and California (women) defend their team titles.
  • Possible Olympians in the men’s field include Florida’s Caeleb Dressel (USA), Georgia’s Matias Koski (Finland), and Alabama’s Kristian Gkolomeev (Greece) and Anton McKee (Iceland)
  • In the women’s field, Georgia’s Brittany MacLean, who also swam for Canada in the London Olympics, will compete. Florida’s Natalie Hinds and Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga and Hali Flickinger are expected to compete and will likely participate in the Olympics trials.
  • Texas men’s head coach Eddie Reese is going for his 12th national championship, which would give him the most NCAA team titles won as a coach.

 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship – from North Brunswick, New Jersey
Commentators:  Dave Armstrong and Carolyn Dorin Ballard
What to Watch For:

  • Defending National Champion Nebraska seeks its sixth national championship since 2004.

2016 NCAA Winter Championships Programming Schedule 

Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Date Time Event Network ESPN3 Link
Fri, March 11 6:25 p.m. NCAA Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships: Day 1 ESPN3 http://es.pn/1p7DXbS
Sat, March 12 4:55 p.m. NCAA Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships: Day 2 ESPN3 http://es.pn/1RuxBtr
Sun, March 13 7 p.m. NCAA Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships: Championship* ESPN2

 

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Date Time Event Network
Fri,  March 18 6 p.m. NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship: Day 2 ESPN3
Sat, March 19 6 p.m. NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship: Day 3 ESPN3
Tue, March 29 7 p.m. NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship: Championship* ESPNU

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Date Time Event Network
Fri, March 25 6 p.m. NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship: Day 2 ESPN3
Sat, March 26 6 p.m. NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship: Day 3 ESPN3
Wed, April 6 5 p.m. NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship: Championships* ESPNU

Men’s and Women’s Fencing

Date Time Event Network
Fri, March 25 1:30 p.m. NCAA Fencing Championships: Women’s Semifinals & Final ESPN3
Sun, March 27 1:30 p.m. NCAA Fencing Championships: Men’s Semifinals & Final ESPN3
Wed, April 6 2:30 p.m. NCAA Fencing Championship: Men’s and Women’s Championships* ESPNU

Women’s Bowling

Date Time Event Network
Sat, April 16 6:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship ESPNU
Sun, April 17 6:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship* ESPN2

*Additional Coverage

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

 

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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