End-of-Season Intrasquad Meets an Option in Wake of NCAA Cancelation

Texas men’s swimming and diving is among the teams “working on” putting together an end-of-season intrasquad meet in the wake of Thursday’s news that all remaining NCAA championship events, assistant coach Wyatt Collins wrote in a comment on SwimSwam.

In a press conference Tuesday, Texas head coach Eddie Reese already said that if the NCAA Championship meet was canceled, he might have to “invent” something in the Longhorns’ home pool to give his team a chance to see the payoff of their taper – he said he believes that’s an important thing for swimmers to have an opportunity for that every season.

That possibility raises an intriguing solution to the unprecedented end to the collegiate season. It obviously would be nice for swimmers, especially seniors, to get another shot at racing short course while tapered. But if enough teams follow suit, it could lead “virtual” championships in which the results from the intrasquad events are compiled to form one “championship.”

A number of schools are sending student-athletes home for the year, which could have a massive impact on their swimming careers. Unlike the ACC Conference – which has officially suspended all practices – the NCAA did not place limits on practicing, but training cycles will inevitably be disrupted soon at most schools. That likely means performance at last-chance Olympic Trials qualifying meets will be hindered.

Intrasquad meets, although they won’t mimic the atmosphere of the NCAA Championships, would give swimming’s highly deserving student-athletes a shot to salvage this wild ending to the season. And for seniors who won’t be continuing past college, they would provide some semblance of closure.

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JCO

Let’s have Texas and Cal do a dual meet totally off the record at some neutral location. The NCAA doesn’t need to know it’s happening

swimmertx

Make it happen in Idaho or Alaska.

DBSwims

WEST VIRGINIA!!!

25BACKSTROKE

Mountain Mama

GCC

Take me home, country road….

BSwims

The NCAA knows all

David Lehman

In Alaska we used to have fax meets. We would hold an intrasquad meet and then results were sent to host who posted results after comparing times. They could have an online NCAA swim/dive meet.

Cal fan

I hope every team follows Texas’s lead! It’s not NCAA, but maybe the competition of virtually racing someone will bring a sense of satisfaction in spite of the real thing!

AAswimmer

For those teams in the ACC intrasquad is not an option. They can not hold a team practice or time trial, let alone an intrasquad meet

2CentsHh

How does the ban work if they swim for their “club” team like Cavalier Aquatics?

Super Duper Fan

It’s probably facility closure not just the teams

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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