College Conference Championship Meets Altered By Weather

The historically-bad winter season gripping the nation this year continues to affect swim meets. We’ve seen several high school championship schedules altered already, and now college conference championships being hit.

The Southern Athletic Association announced on Tuesday that they would delay their championship at the Birmingham Crossplex Aquatic Center by 1 day as a result of delays. The meet will now run Friday-Saturday-Sunday.

This is a Division III conference, made up entirely of private schools, that began just last year, and is headquartered in Atlanta – an airport that has specifically been thumped by delays.

Southern Athletic Conference

Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama)
Centre College (Kentucky)
Berry College (Georgia)
Sewanee (Tennessee)
Rhodes (Tennessee)
Hendrix (Arkansas)

The Bluegrass Mountain Conference has also been delayed and will start on Friday at 1PM, with almost half of the teams in this huge multi-divisional conference being hit by weather. Their new schedule can be seen here. See our preview of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference here. This meet is at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bluegrass Mountain Conference

Carson-Newman (M,W) Jefferson City, TN NCAA D2
Catawba (M,W) Salisbury, NC NCAA D2
Converse (W) Spartanburg, SC NCAA D2
Davis & Elkins (M,W) Elkins, WV NCAA D2
Fairmont State (M,W) Fairmont, WV NCAA D2
Johns Hopkins (M,W) Baltimore, MD NCAA D3
Lenoir-Rhyne (M,W) Hickory, NC NCAA D2
Limestone (M,W) Gaffney, SC NCAA D2
Pfeiffer (M,W) Misenheimer, NC NCAA D2
Randolph-Macon (M,W) Ashland, VA NCAA D3
Queens (M,W) Charlotte, NC NCAA D2
SCAD Savannah (M,W) Savannah, GA NAIA
Washington & Lee (M,W) Lexington, VA NCAA D3
West Virginia Weslyan (M,W) Buckhannon, WV NCAA D2
Wingate (M,W) Wingate, NC NCAA D2

UPDATE: The UAA has gone to a two-site plan for now. See more here:

And finally, the University Athletic Association has been delayed and changed to a two-day meet format on Friday and Saturday. Defending NCAA DIII women’s champions Emory in Atlanta is hosting this meet, and it appears as though there will still be prelims and finals on Friday and Saturday. More information on the schedule changes is expected soon on their website.

This is another Division III conference that spans the Midwestern, Northeastern, and Southeastern U.S. This is one of the top DIII conferences in the country.


Emory (Georgia)
Chicago (Illinois)
Wash U. (Missouri)
Carnegie Mellon (Pennsylvania)
NYU (New York)
Rochester (New York)
Case Western (Ohio)
Brandeis (Massachusetts)

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The UAA is also known as “the airplane conference.” Usually, Emory University in Atlanta is a safe bet for February conference meets and (in the 80’s and 90’s) March NCAA Championships. This time, the irony is that all the other teams can take off from their airports, but they can’t land in Atlanta or Charlotte (on connecting flights). What a mess. Especially this year with very fast “A” cuts and everyone trying to post strong Q times.


Yes, the airplane conference. The only in-conference meet aside from UAAs we (WashU) had was Chicago. Back then, Case Western was in the UAA but swimming didn’t participate. When did that change? And when did Hopkins move out? They always had great t-shirts.

Carnegie Mellon, not Melon, btw.


Hopkins left in the late 90’s, after Case returned from the NCAC. For a few years, there were 9 teams in the league. Part of the reason that Chicago built a 9-lane pool was that during the planning stages, the league was still 9 teams. The rule was that all 9 teams got an A relay in the A final, and only B relays in the B final (though usually Emory, Hopkins, WU would have B’s faster than some A’s). When the league was still 9 teams and before Chicago’s pool was completed, every UAA was at Emory. I swam at Emory in the early ’90’s, when they were part of the 8-team league. The pool rotation for championships was… Read more »


After Hopkins left and Case was back, Carnegie hosted a few UAA’s. Now the rotation is Emory-Case (diving at John Carroll)-Chicago and a high school pool in Rochester.


Isn’t the SAA conference meet in Birmingham, Alabama?


saa conference has been getting faster of late…in a few years I think it’ll be one of the five fastest in D3

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