The Southeastern Conference, and the Atlantic Coast Conference, two of the top conferences in college swimming, won’t allow spectators at their 2021 swimming & diving championships.
In addition, the SEC has announced conference will spread teams out both on the pool deck and in the spectator seating areas in an attempt to spread student-athletes out amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
For the health and safety of the student-athletes competing in this year’s championships, social distancing measures will be in place on the pool deck. Team seating will be on deck and in the spectator seating areas of both venues. With these protocols, there will be no spectator seating available inside the competition facilities for the duration of the events.
The ACC, meanwhile, will put the team areas entirely in the 2,500-seat grandstand at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, and will only allow student-athletes on deck if they are training, warming up/cooling down, or competing. Further, lanes will be limited to 4 swimmers at a time.
The ACC will also test all team members throughout the championships.
The Pac-12 is also not planning to allow spectators at its championship meet, which will be hosted at the University of Houston. The other Power 5 conferences, the Big 12, and Big Ten, have not announced their plans for spectators.
The SEC, which normally holds its men’s and women’s swimming & diving championships in a single location on the same weekend, has split the event into a three-location meet.
2021 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
- Men’s and Women’s Diving on February 17-20 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Mo.
- Women’s Swimming on February 17-20 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.
- Men’s Swimming on February 23-26 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Mo.
2021 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships Schedule
- Women’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s Diving on February 17-20 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina
- Men’s Swimming on February 24-27 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina
The University of Florida men won their 8th-straight SEC Championship in 2020, while the Tennessee women won the 2020 title, breaking a four-year winning streak by Texas A&M.
The NC State men won their 6th-straight ACC Championship in 2020. The Virginia women won their 11th title in 13 seasons.