POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist Athletics Department released the 2012-2013 men's and women's swimming and diving schedule on Tuesday. Head swimming coach Larry VanWagner in his 36th season, and associate head coach Melanie Bolstad in her 22nd, will lead the Red Foxes in a 12-meet schedule. The Red Foxes open with nine regular season meets before closing with three championships.

The team begins competition with the Red & White Challenge, an inter-squad scrimmage, which will be held at the McCann Center Natatorium on Saturday, Oct. 12 and beginning at 11 a.m.

A conference dual with Canisius on Saturday, Oct. 20 kicks off the regular action for Marist. This opening meet will serve as a strong barometer for the Red Foxes as the Golden Griffins finished top five in both the men's and women's 2012 MAAC Championships. The Marist men were nudged out of a second place finish by 2.50 points by Canisius in March.

Five days later on Thursday, Oct. 25 the Red Foxes travel to the Bronx for a non-conference duel with Fordham at 6 p.m.

Two consecutive conference home duels dot Marist's schedule as Fairfield and Rider come to Poughkeepsie on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, respectively. The Fairfield duel is slated for a 1 p.m. start, while the Broncs and Red Foxes will face off at noon.

The final meet of the 2012 calendar year is the H20unds Invitational in Baltimore on the weekend of Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The H20unds Invitational, hosted by Loyola, will have the host school, Marist, Iona and Saint Peter's battling it out for MAAC team victories.

The Red Foxes' 2013 portion of their schedule begins with a Jan. 12 matchup versus Southern Connecticut State at home in the McCann Natatorium at 1 p.m.

Trips to the Boston College Eagles of the ACC and the Seton Hall Pirates of the Big East are slated to occur on the following weekends of Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. Both duels have 1 p.m. start times.

Marist's final regular season duel will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 when it hosts Binghamton. Prior to the 1 p.m. matchup the Class of 2013 will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.

Post-season competition begins with the Red Foxes returning to Erie Community College for the MAAC Championships on Thursday, Feb. 14. The Marist women look to defend their MAAC title over the three day event that concludes on Saturday, Feb. 16. In 2012, the Red Foxes won their 13th championship at ECC's Burt Flickinger Pool with a 156-point victory over second place Rider.

The following weekend, Marist will compete at the ECAC Championships from Friday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 24. Harvard University will be the host institution for the event, in which the women's squad finished in a tie for second and the men finished in sixth in 2012.

The NCAA Zone Diving Championships for qualified divers will conclude the season for Marist on March 8-9 at Rutgers University.

The Red Foxes will be captained in 2012-13 by seniors Kate Conard (East Setauket, N.Y.), Erica Vitale (Sterling, Conn.), Samuel Nowack (Middletown, Conn.) and Brian Shannon (Baldwin, N.Y.), and junior Sean Molloy (Slingerlands, N.Y.).