The men’s swimming and diving coaches of the Pac 12 Conference just completed their conference call to discuss the problem of rescheduling the 2013 Pac 12 Men’s Championship meet. The meet was originally slotted to be held at the Belmont Pool in Long Beach, California, but for the second-straight year, the pool has been closed for inspection and repairs.
After the call, the coaches decided that their preference would be to hold the meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington, immediately after the women’s meet completes. The women will swim from February 27th-March 2nd, and the men will then go from March 3rd-6th (Sunday-Wednesday) immediately thereafter. That will be sort of strange timing for a conference meet, which are usually scheduled for weekends to minimize school absences and to make travel and attendance easier for friends and family, but the King County Aquatics Center was booked the following weekend for an age group meet.
That left the decision down to this solution, running a double meet with the women, or holding it outdoors, most likely at Arizona State. The coaches chose the mid-week timing as the easiest and least-stressful solution.
The final approval awaits confirmation by the Senior Women’s Administrators (SWA’s), but one coach we spoke with indicated that this is expected to be a rubber-stamp formality.
We have reached out to the other three conferences that were planning to hold meets at Belmont, the SCIAC, the PCSC, and the MPSF. No response has been received yet from the MPSF, and the other two conferences (which are predominantly made of Division II and Division III teams) are still planning their next moves.