Florida Gators Men Ease Up 2019-20 Schedule, Add Minnesota/Mizzou Duals

Nick Pecoraro
by Nick Pecoraro 7

September 20th, 2019 College, News, SEC

The #7 Florida men have released their 2019-20 meet schedule, lined up with 8 dual meets, 2 mid-season invitationals, and the coveted SEC Championships and NCAA Championships. The Gators will host 3 dual meets, one more than last season, along with their last chance invitational meet in February.

Among the differences in their meet line-up, the Gators have eased up on dual meet opponents. For example, in lieu of the Texas/Indiana meet that took place last year, the Gators will travel to Minnesota and swim against the Gophers. Likewise, the Gators have cut the Kentucky/Ohio State meet that opened their 2019 meet campaign and will push their 2020 meet opener to January 25th against Auburn.

Here’s the Gator men’s full 2019-20 meet schedule:

Date Opponent Host
9/27 Nova Southeastern/Indian River @ NSU
9/28 FAU @ FAU
10/11 Minnesota @ Minnesota
10/18 Missouri @ Missouri
11/1 Georgia @ Florida
11/8 Florida State @ Florida
11/22-11/24 Georgia Tech Invitational @ Georgia Tech
12/4-12/7 Toyota U.S. Open @ Atlanta
1/25 Auburn @ Florida
2/1 Tennessee @ Tennessee
2/7-2/9 Auburn Last Chance Invitational @ Auburn
2/18-2/22 SEC Championships @ Auburn
2/28-2/29 Florida Invitational Last Chance @ Florida
3/9-3/11 NCAA Diving Zone Championships @ TBA
3/25-3/28 Men’s NCAA Championships @ IUPUI

Last year, the Gators had a very successful regular season meet campaign, suffering only one loss against the IU Hoosiers. The Gators dropped their matchup with Indiana along with with top-10 programs Texas and Ohio State, although last season the Gators successfully defeated both programs.

In addition to Minnesota, the Gators have added battles versus Missouri (Mizzou), D2’s Nova Southeastern, and NJCAA team champion Indian River. For the aforementioned non-D1 programs, it is a great opportunity for Nova Southeastern and Indian River to compete against the Gators and gain experience outside of their respective divisions.

Here’s a closer look at Florida’s dual meet opponents, including last year’s duals and this year’s additions.

School 2019 NCAAs
Nova Southeastern 12th (D2)
Indian River 1st (NJCAA)
Minnesota 19th
Missouri 11th
Florida Atlantic (FAU) N/A
Georgia 18th
Florida State 14th
Auburn 40th
Tennessee 11th
LSU* 26th
Texas* 2nd
Indiana* 3rd
Kentucky* 25th
Ohio State* 9th

*2018-19 opponents, new 2019-20 opponents

Returning members of the 2019 NCAA sixth-place finishing team include US national teamers Kieran Smith, Bobby Finke, and Clark Beach. Alongside those three, newcomer Brennan Gravley will add more power to the distance squad with specialist Trey Freeman. Powerful sprint relay swimmers Grant SandersWill Davis, and Khader Baqlah.

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Hot take:
Kieran Smith will sweep the IMs at NCAAs

Thomas

Is it possible he drops the 400IM for the 2free? He had a great 2free at Nats, I believe he’s #2 on the Nat roster. Maybe he wants to focus on the 4×200 for Tokyo.

Aquajosh

I wouldn’t be surprised to see it. He has the fastest time of any American this year in the 200m free, and Bobby Finke and Grant Sanders should do very well in the 400 IM. Kieran is turning into the Swiss Army knife swimmer Florida is so good at producing. He really can swim just about anything.

Daddy

Kieran Smith I love you

ILYKEKE

Kieran has a work ethic like no other. I believe he will be on the 800 free night relay @Tokyo.

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Nick Pecoraro has had a huge passion for swimming since his first dive in the pool, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing, but still uses the sport as his go-to cardio. SwimSwam has become an outlet for him to continue showing his …

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