The Virginia Cavaliers, whose girls’s workforce is the favourite to win the 2021 NCAA Division I Championship, if that meet occurs within the coronavirus spring, will kick off their 2020-2021 season subsequent Friday and Saturday with a two-day intrasquad meet.
The ACC is main the way in which into the 2020-2021 NCAA swimming & diving season. What that season goes to appear to be in its entirety isn’t fairly clear but, however the ACC is wading in with intrasquad meets, including one by Georgia Tech this weekend.
Virginia’s intrasquad this weekend will function a full NCAA occasion cycle in yards on Friday, and a full lengthy course schedule on Saturday. In line with this system’s affiliate head coach Tyler Fenwick, the workforce might be carrying racing fits for the occasion.
Head coach Todd DeSorbo plans to have occasions like this each three weeks or so till a extra regular swimming season could be resumed.
The workforce has solely formally been again to coaching for two weeks, although members of the workforce have been coaching for various lengths of time relying on what their summer season setup has been. All athletes, and coaches, were required to quarantine for 14 days before the start of the season.
Whereas not formally on the occasion schedule, chatter round Charlottesville is that versatile sophomore Kate Douglass, who got here to Virginia as a dash freestyler however grew to become one of many nation’s greatest 200 breaststrokers as a freshman, could swim a 100 IM.
The NCAA approved the 100 yard IM as an official NCAA event in 2015, although it nonetheless isn’t raced at any of the three NCAA Championship meets. The present quickest time in USA Swimming’s database in that occasion is a 53.02 executed in 2014 by Olympian breaststroker Katie Meili.
Neither USA Swimming nor the NCAA has revealed official information within the 100 yard IM.
The Virginia girls have been seeded to attain essentially the most swimming factors eventually 12 months’s NCAA Championship meet, 69.5 factors forward of the next-best workforce Tennessee. The defending ACC Champions are bringing in much more firepower this 12 months. Whereas they’re graduating 240 factors from final 12 months’s ACC squad, together with the convention champion within the 100 free Morgan Hill, the Cavaliers are bringing in one of many best-ranked lessons within the nation this season.
Within the spring, SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson ranked their incoming freshman class #2, however #1 Stanford has already misplaced at the least 2 from its class for this season: World Document holder Regan Smith and #6-ranked recruit Lillie Nordmann, who’re each deferring their enrollment till the autumn of 2021.
The Virginia males, who completed 2nd eventually 12 months’s ACC Championships, graduated extra factors, 256, which accounts for about 31% of their particular person ACC Championship scoring final season.
Their earnings males’s recruiting class was ranked 9th by SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson, with sprinter Matt Brownstead, who already has an 18.6 relay break up within the 50 free to his identify, main the group as essentially the most immediate-impact.