The Horizon League has introduced that they are going to be suspending their convention championship meet, transferring it from February 17-20 to April 8-10, with diving going down on the fifth and sixth: previous to the swimming. The meet continues to be scheduled to happen on the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
Guided by the precept of security, the championships had been developed in session with League membership and are aligned with League-wide security protocols, overseen by the Horizon League Board of Administrators.
The convention is now at the very least the fifth on the Division I degree to postpone their championship meet till after NCAAs, joining the Mid-American Conference (MAC), who made the announcement final October, the Missouri Valley Convention, the Big East, and the trans-division Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference.
This date shift now signifies that athletes gained’t have the chance to make use of the Horizon League Championships as a qualifying meet for the 2021 Championships. The lads’s NCAA Championship meet is at the moment scheduled for March 24-27, whereas the ladies will swim the week earlier than, from March 17-20.
Whereas the Horizon League didn’t have any athletes certified for final season’s canceled NCAA Championship meet, the convention does often ship qualifiers. On the 2019 NCAA Championship meet, for instance, IUPUI senior Krisztian Somhegyi completed 13th on platform. The Oakland College males, as one other instance, scored on the 2016 NCAA Championships due to then-freshman Devon Nowicki; Cleveland State junior Philipp Sikatzki completed 4th within the 100 fly that 12 months as effectively.
Most famously, Milwaukee’s Emily McClellan earned All-America honors in 2013 and 2014, together with a runner-up end at NCAAs within the 100 breast in 2014.
This transformation of date may additionally create a battle for athletes whose dwelling nations have Olympic Trials occasions throughout April.
Up to now this season just one member of the convention, Youngstown State, has competed in a meet. The varsity hosted Ohio in November and Gannon in January, in addition to touring to the Miami (Ohio) Invitational initially of December.
Eventually 12 months’s Horizon League Swim and Dive Championships Oakland swept either side in dominant vogue. The Golden Grizzlies won on both sides by over 200 points, marking the 7th straight title for both teams. The lads went on to win the CSCAA Nationwide Invitational, topping Texas Christian by 16 factors. Oakland will kick off their season this weekend as they play host to Division II Grand Valley State College.