The Minnesota Invite features eight ranked programs – six of them inside the top 10 – and highlights the coming weekend of NCAA swimming & diving action.
The #1 Cal men, #2 Texas men, #5 Michigan men, #12 Arizona men and #16 Minnesota men will battle it out in Minneapolis, along with the #2 Cal women, #5 Texas women and #7 Michigan women. That meet is arguably the most loaded of any mid-season college invite, coming two weeks after the flood of fast meets including the Art Adamson Invite, NC State Invite and Tennessee Invite.
This weekend should provide some clarity in NCAA event rankings, as well as lock some swimmers into early NCAA invite times or “A” cuts. It’ll also give us our final bits of data before our next round of NCAA Power Rankings for women and men.
Outside of that meet, there are a handful of other events to watch for. A few top college swimmers are competing in long course meters at the U.S. Open in Atlanta. Both Minnesota and the Rutgers Invite will host long course sessions on Sunday for attempts at Olympic Trials cuts. And in dual meet action, we’ll keep an eye on Auburn vs Alabama in a bitter SEC rivalry match between very new staffs: Coley Stickels is in his first year with Alabama and Gary Taylor just his second season with Auburn.
Below is a list of the D1 meets we’ll be covering at SwimSwam this week. If we missed any, please leave them in the comments and we’ll get them added.
|Auburn vs Alabama||12/5||x||x|
|Yale vs Southern Connecticut||12/5||x||x|
|Miami (OH) Diving Invite||12/5-12/7||x||x|
|UNI vs Coe College||12/6||x|
|Utah Diving Invite||12/6-12/7||x||x|
|Maine State Meet||12/6-12/7||x||x|
|Loyola Invite (H2Ounds Invite)||12/6-12/7||x||x|
|ECAC Winter Champs||12/6-12/8||x||x|
|Big Al Invite @ Princeton||12/6-8||x||x|
|North Texas vs TCU||12/7||x|
|George Washington vs. Richmond||12/7||x|
|Indiana State vs Eastern Illinois||12/7||x|
|Nevada vs Cal State East Bay||12/7||x|
|Minnesota Invite (LC Session)||12/8||x||x|
|Rutgers Invite (LC Session)||12/8||x||x|