Georgia Swimming & Diving Announces Stripped-Back 2020-2021 Schedule

The Florida Gators will open their 2020 swimming & diving season with an October 30 road dual meet against SEC rival Georgia.

The coronavirus pandemic has so far limited the early portion of the college swimming & diving season to single-team intrasquad meets. But Florida announced today that it would be traveling to Georgia for a true intercollegiate dual meet at the end of the month. Georgia will host the meet, and Florida’s press release says that the University of Georgia is “still evaluating and determining meet day procedures, such as allowing spectators.”

The SEC has limited its fall season to two-team dual meets only, but the conference did announce last month that the competitive season could start as early as October 1. The pandemic has affected and disrupted training schedules for a number of teams, but the return of dual meets shows at least some level of normalcy to the college swimming season.

The Florida-Georgia matchup should be one of the marquee meets of the fall season. The Florida men won last year’s SEC title, with Georgia running third. On the women’s side, Florida was second and Georgia fourth, separated by less than 100 points.

Both teams have men’s recruiting classes ranked inside the top 12 nationally. We ranked the Georgia men’s freshman class #6 nationally, and it includes World Junior champion Luca UrlandoThe Florida men return American record-breakers Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke. The Georgia women return SEC 500 free champ Courtney Harnish and the Florida women SEC 400 IM runner-up Vanessa Pearl.

Update: Georgia has released its full schedule, which will feature an October 23 road dual meet against South Carolina, and a stripped-down “invitational” against Florida State and Georgia Tech. Here’s the schedule, per Georgia:

2020-21 University of Georgia Swimming & Diving Schedule

Oct. 23           South Carolina                                  Carolina Natatorium – Columbia, S.C.

Oct. 30           Florida                                                Gabrielsen Natatorium – Athens, Ga.

Nov. 6             Auburn                                               Gabrielsen Natatorium – Athens, Ga.

Nov. 18-20     Georgia Invitational (FSU/GT)       Gabrielsen Natatorium – Athens, Ga.

Jan. 3-5          Georgia Diving Invitational             Gabrielsen Natatorium – Athens, Ga.

Jan. 16           South Carolina                                  Gabrielsen Natatorium – Athens, Ga.

Jan. 23           Tennessee                                        Jones Aquatic Center – Knoxville, Tenn.

Feb. TBA       SEC Championships                       Mizzou Aquatic Center – Columbia, Mo.

Feb. 27-28     Bulldog Invitational/Last Chance   Gabrielsen Natatorium – Athens, Ga.

March 8-10    NCAA Zone B Diving                       TBA

March 17-20  NCAA Women’s Championships  Greensboro Aquatic Center – Greensboro, N.C.

March 24-27  NCAA Men’s Championships        TBA

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Floater
1 month ago

Looking forward to the distance events. It’s going to be a Dawg fight!

Yup
1 month ago

Meanwhile my college team is still not in the water :/ …..

That guy
Reply to  Yup
1 month ago

Lucky

JCO
1 month ago

So are they swimming South Carolina twice this season? While it happens in other sports sometimes (basketball), I don’t think I can remember a time it’s happened in swimming (with the exception of 2 day meets where 1 day is SCY & another is LCM).

Admin
Reply to  JCO
1 month ago

I feel like it happens occasionally, but I can’t put my finger on an example easily.

I think we’re going to see it A LOT this season as teams try to hit the meet minimums and get some racing in without traveling too far outside of the one-day-bus-trip range.

DST
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Cal-Stanford I’d imagine

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