College Swimming Weekly Preview: Dec. 2 – Dec. 8, 2019

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.

Meet Date Men Women
Minnesota Invite 12/4-12/7 x x
U.S. Open 12/4-12/7 x x
Rutgers Invite 12/4-12/7 x x
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
Denison Invitational 12/5-12/7 x x
Wheaton Invite 1/25-12/7 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
Bucknell Invite 12/6-12/8 x x
Zippy Invite 12/6-12/8 x x
ECAC Winter Champs 12/6-12/8 x x
Gompei Invite 12/6-12/8 x x
Husky Invitational 12/6-12/8 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

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2 years ago

NCAA preview in Minneapolis!

DeSorbo Effect
Reply to  gator
2 years ago

Sry that already went down 2 weeks back when #2 Lady Hoos didn’t need divers to rage on #3 Vols!

Also #1 Stanford bored and #4 Wolfpack snoozed #alleyesonvirginia

Reply to  DeSorbo Effect
2 years ago

Didn’t UVA lose both meets to the Vols with the diving scores taken out?

Reply to  Heehaw
2 years ago

Zactly correct! Also while the Minneapolis meet will be exciting on the mens side, the girls meet will be pedestrian compared to how our LADY VOLS rocked in Knoxville! Feeling an NCAA TEAM TITLE in March.

Colin Baker
Reply to  Heehaw
2 years ago

Yes, but with a biased scoring system that completely favored Tennessee. If the meet had used UVA’s scoring system the #HOO’s would have won going away. #WEMAKETHERULES #DESORBOEFFECT

Reply to  Colin Baker
2 years ago

What does that even mean? How did a biased scoring system favor Tennessee? Swimming is pretty straightforward– you put your hand on the wall first. Tennessee did that. Virginia, even without diving points, still didn’t out-swim Tennessee.

2 years ago

miami invite has swimming too!

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2 years ago

Does anybody else feel like it would be more appropriate for Ryan Hoffer’s post race victory pose be of him flexing his quads instead of his arms?

Reply to  Michael
2 years ago

I thought he was flexing his quads but then your comment made me look back and realize that was just his arm…..

The Man Himself
2 years ago

When will psych sheets be out for Minnesota invite?

Daniel Jablonski
2 years ago

Uhhh.. ECACs has men’s swimming? I would know, I’m going 😂

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