ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has announced the dates and hosts for all 19 of its sport championships for 2014-15 season today.
Headlining the schedule is The Summit League Basketball Championships, which will be hosted by the Sioux Falls Sports Authority. This season, the championships move into the brand new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., after six successful years at the Sioux Falls Arena.
North Dakota State hosts a league-high three championships this season, beginning with cross country on Nov. 1. Fargo will also welcome the indoor track & field and softball championships to town. The Bison will be hosting softball for the third-straight season and fourth time in the last six years.
Denver and IUPUI will then host back-to-back championships, respectively. The Pioneers host women’s soccer and men’s soccer on consecutive weekends while the Jaguars are scheduled to host volleyball and swimming & diving, both for the second-straight year.
The men’s and women’s golf championships will be split for the first time since 2010. The men’s championship will take place in Lompoc, Calif., while the women will be competing in Seaside, Calif.
Fort Wayne welcomes back the men’s and women’s tennis championships for the fifth time since joining the league in 2007-08. The outdoor track & field championships return to Hanson Field on the campus of Western Illinois for the first time since 2008 while South Dakota State will host the baseball championship for the second consecutive season.
In all, a total of six different Summit League institutions will host a championship event during the 2014-15 season.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 65 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow on Twitter @thesummitleague, download The Summit League’s Front Row app, and watch the weekly “Inside The Summit League” show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.
2014-15 Summit League Championships Calendar
|Sport||Date(s)||Site / Host||Qualifying Teams|
|Cross Country (M/W)||Nov. 1, 2014||Fargo, N.D. / North Dakota State||All teams|
|Women's Soccer||Nov. 6/8, 2014||Denver, Colo. / Denver||Top four teams|
|Men's Soccer||Nov. 13/15, 2014||Denver, Colo. / Denver||Top four teams|
|Volleyball||Nov. 21-23, 2014||Indianapolis, Ind. / IUPUI||Top six teams|
|Swimming & Diving (M/W)||Feb. 18-21, 2015||Indianapolis, Ind. / IUPUI||All teams|
|Indoor Track & Field (M/W)||Feb. 27-28, 2015||Fargo, N.D. / North Dakota State||All teams|
|Basketball (M/W)||March 7-10, 2015||Sioux Falls, S.D. / Sioux Falls Sports Authority||Top eight teams|
|Women's Golf||April 20-22, 2015||Seaside, Calif. / The Summit League||All teams|
|Tennis (M/W)||April 24-26, 2015||Fort Wayne, Ind. / Fort Wayne||All teams|
|Men's Golf||May 1-3, 2015||Lompoc, Calif. / The Summit League||All teams|
|Softball||May 6-9, 2015||Fargo, N.D. / North Dakota State||Top six teams|
|Outdoor Track & Field (M/W)||May 13-15, 2015||Macomb, Ill. / Western Illinois||All teams|
|Baseball||May 20-23, 2015||TBD / South Dakota State||Top four teams|