Friday, February 16, 2007

Welcome to Championship Week

Beginning today and running through next Sunday, Feb. 25, the Centennial Conference will determine champions in seven sports - basketball, swimming, indoor track and field, and wrestling. We kick off the week today with the first session of swimming at 11:30 a.m. at Franklin & Marshall. Swimming continues through the weekend, while wrestling gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at Gettysburg.

You can follow all the action of both championships on your computer by getting real-time results on our blog ( or by viewing the finals LIVE

Our championship websites provide all the information you need to be an informed spectator --Swimming / Wrestling

It's the final weekend of regular-season play in men's and women's basketball and playoff spots are still up for grabs.

Gettysburg at Dickinson (Men's Basketball)
The Bullets (11-12, 9-8 CC) are the hottest team in the Conference - winners of nine of their last 12 games - and can wrap up a playoff berth with a victory over the Red Devils (7-16, 5-12). Gettysburg has won five straight in the series to take a 107-66-1 all-time advantage.

McDaniel at Washington (Men's Basketball)
The Green Terror (11-13, 8-9) cannot lock up a spot with a victory over the Shoremen (3-20, 2-15), but cannot get into the playoffs without a victory. McDaniel has won three of the last four from Washington since ending a 14-game losing streak to the Shoremen last season.

Muhlenberg at Ursinus (Men's Basketball)
The Mules (9-14, 8-9) are almost in the same situation as McDaniel - cannot secure a berth with a win but go to the brink of elimination with a loss. The Bears (16-8, 13-4) are the No. 2 seed for the tournament. Ursinus has won six straight from Muhlenberg at Helfferich Hall since a 63-60 Mule triumph in 2000.

Swarthmore at Haverford (Men's Basketball)
As if this rivalry needs more fuel ... the Garnet (11-13, 8-9) needs to beat the Fords (12-11, 11-6) and get some help to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1997. Haverford is in the tournament as the No. 3 seed, but would love to knock their arch-rivals out of the playoffs. Swarthmore has won three straight from the Fords for the first time since 1996-97 to take a 90-61 series advantage.

Muhlenberg at Ursinus (Women's Basketball)
The Bears (15-9, 11-6) need a win over the third-seeded Mules (19-5, 12-5) to secure a playoff berth. Muhlenberg has won the last three meetings against Ursinus by a combined total of 12 points.

Gettysburg at Dickinson (Women's Basketball)
It looks like the Bullets (15-9, 12-5) are securely in the field, but need a win to finish as the third or fourth seed. The Red Devils (20-4, 14-3) have the No. 2 seed for the tournament. Gettysburg can get its first season sweep of Dickinson since 2004 with a triumph.

Johns Hopkins at Franklin & Marshall (Women's Basketball)
The Blue Jays (13-9, 11-6) need a win over the Diplomats (6-17, 5-11), combined with an Ursinus loss, to keep their tournament hopes alive. A Hopkins win will even the all-time series at 27-27.

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