Whereas basically no person in school swimming but has a agency collegiate championship schedule to work backward from but for the 2020-2021 season, seasons for just a few groups are starting to take form throughout the nation.
One crew that has sculpted out the beginnings of a season schedule are the Tennessee Volunteers, together with the defending SEC Champion Volunteer ladies’s crew.
That is all offered with the phrase tentative in large daring letters, as a result of like every little thing through the season of coronavirus, the circumstances, and the insurance policies of what’s allowed and never allowed, can change rapidly.
The crew’s first deliberate meet is an Intrasquad deliberate for October 10. “Occasions” are nonetheless not speculated to be occurring on campus, so this is perhaps framed as extra of a “quick observe,” and it’s unclear if any outcomes will likely be made public.
In Late October, tentatively the 29th and 30th, the crew has a twin meet scheduled with SEC foes Kentucky. Of meets we find out about up to now, that is the primary large intercollegiate twin meet on anyone’s schedule, and can embody a faceoff between the #1 and #three groups ultimately yr’s SEC Championship meet on the ladies’s aspect, and the #6 and #7 groups on the boys’s aspect.
They’re hoping then for Kentucky to make a return journey in January, with in a single day journeys being strongly discouraged. The 2 packages are solely a few two-and-a-half hour drive aside.
The Volunteers have a “tentative however fairly stable” settlement with Alabama and Virginia to do an ‘invitation fashion meet” in Knoxville the weekend earlier than Thanksgiving. Nationally, there will likely be a significant re-envisioning of the standard mid-season invitational. To this point some groups, like these within the Pac-12, aren’t allowed to race till not less than January, and people colleges which can be will largely restrict the variety of people allowed within the facility at any given time.
The groups plan to attain that occasion as a double twin in order that it may possibly rely as 2 competitions.
Tennessee additionally has a twin meet scheduled in opposition to the Georgia Bulldogs for January 23rd, which is the groups’ conventional weekend to race. Athens and Knoxville are solely about four hours aside by bus.
Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich says that for him, and different coaches that he’s spoken to, assembly the NCAA mandated 6 minimal competitions this season has been a problem in scheduling, with the Pac-12 and Huge Ten beginning late (January 1), and lots of mid-major conferences not having a transparent begin date in any respect.
He’s anticipating that there could possibly be some reduction from that, although, given the circumstances.
The SEC has told member institutions that they can start their swimming & diving seasons on October 1 with twin meets solely. Common seasons should finish no later than January 25, 2021 underneath present tips.
Final season, the Tennessee males had been seeded to attain 32 swimming factors, 20th most, on the NCAA Championships earlier than that meet was canceled due to the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic.
The Tennessee ladies had been seeded to complete 2nd at NCAAs, behind solely the Virginia Cavaliers. That units up for a juggernaut matchup if the pre-Thanksgiving invite works out in November.