Many Albion College athletic teams will be competing this weekend. Here’s a preview of what to expect from the Britons.
Swimming and Diving
The Albion College swimming and diving program will have its first official meet of the season this weekend. The Britons will compete in MIAA Triple-Dual meets at Battle Creek Lakeview High School on Oct. 28 at 6 p.m., and on Oct 29 at 1 p.m.. Albion will face Hope College and Olivet College in the meet.
Hope College fared well in last years MIAA Championship meet, where Dutchman’s men’s and women’s teams both placed 2nd. Olivet’s men’s squad finished 3rd, while the Comet’s women’s team came in 6th. Albion’s men placed 5th last year, while the women finished 4th.
Albion College’s volleyball team is still searching for its first conference victory of the season. The Britons are mathematically eliminated from MIAA Tournament contention, but could take solace in a triumph this weekend.
Albion has a home match vs. Saint Mary’s College on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., and travels to Kalamazoo College for a match on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.
Albion College’s cross country program is on pace for a strong showing at this weekend’s MIAA Championship meet at Alma. The women’s team will run at 11 a.m., while the men’s squad will run at noon.
The men’s team is currently ranked No. 34 nationally, and ranked 3rd in the Great Lakes region. Albion’s women’s squad is ranked 9th in the Great Lakes region. The Briton’s biggest competition will be Calvin College and Hope College.
Calvin’s men are ranked 1st in the Great Lakes region, and are No. 6 in the nation. The Knight’s women are 6th in the Great Lakes region. Hope’s men are ranked 6th in the Great Lakes region, while their women 4th in the region and No. 17 nationally.
Calvin, Albion and Hope finished one, two and three at the men’s MIAA Jamboree earlier this year. The Briton’s womens team finished third at the jamboree, with Calvin and Hope finishing first and second.
The Britons will face Alma College at Alumni Field on Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. Albion will look to surpass the .500 winning percentage mark versus the Scots.
The Brits are currently 8-8-1 on the season. They are 5-7-0 in conference play. If Albion can beat Alma, and Hope College on Nov. 2, they will achieve an even 7-7-0 record against MIAA opponents.
Albion College’s football team will travel to Adrian College on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. for its biggest game of the season so far. The Britons will tangle with the Bulldogs with the top spot in the MIAA on the line.
Albion and Adrian are both undefeated in conference play. A victory would give the Britons sole possession of first place in the MIAA. Albion is in search of its first conference championship since 2005.
The Britons are winless this season, and face their last shot at victory on Oct. 29 versus Alma College, at noon on Alumni Field.
Success has been hard to come by for the Britons, who were forced to recruit additional players from within the college due to low numbers. Albion is 0-17-1 this year, and 0-13-1 in MIAA play. Their lone tie was a 2-2 result at Trine University on Oct. 12.