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.