Michigan Releases 2019-20 Schedule, No US Open for Mid-Season Tune-Up

The Michigan Wolverines have released their 2019-20 meet schedule, which includes 4 home meets plus the first chance meet before Big Tens to earn NCAA A/B cuts. Among the dual meet opponents, the Wolverines have dropped 2018-19 opponents Northwestern and Denver and instead will be more competitive with duals against Navy, Virginia, and Tennessee.

2019-20 Meet Schedule

Date Opponent Host
9/20-9/21 Navy, Miami (OH) @ Michigan
10/12 Oakland Relays @ Oakland
10/18-10/19 Virginia, Tennessee @ Michigan
11/1 Iowa (Women) @ Iowa
11/2 Iowa, Indiana (Men) @ Indiana
12/4-12/8 Minnesota Invite @ Minnesota
1/11 Indiana @ Michigan
1/18 Ohio State @ Ohio State
1/31 Michigan State @ Michigan
2/15-2/16 First Chance Meet @ Michigan
2/19-2/22 Women’s Big Ten Championships @ Iowa
2/26-2/29 Men’s Big Ten Championships @ Indiana
3/1 OSU Last Chance Meet @ Ohio State
3/12-3/14 NCAA Zone C Diving Championships @ Kentucky
3/18-3/21 Women’s NCAA Championships @ UGA
3/25-3/28 Men’s NCAA Championships @ IUPUI

Last season, the Michigan women were undefeated during the regular season while the men suffered one loss against the IU Hoosiers. This season, the Michigan men have 2 meets against the Hoosiers, one with a tri-meet against Iowa and a dual with IU after training trip.

The decision to go against the Hoosier men twice will prime the Wolverine men for the upcoming Big Ten Championships, where both them and their female counter-parts settled for runner-up. However, the Hoosier men will suffer huge senior losses (Zach Apple, Ian Finnerty, Vini Lanza) from the 2018-19 season. This season, the Michigan men have the upper-hand with strong senior members Felix Auboeck, Jeremy Babinet, Tommy Cope, Jacob Montague, Miles Smachlo, and Charlie Swanson.

Along with the the IU double, the Michigan men and women will go against Navy, Virginia, and Tennessee instead of Big Ten rival Northwestern and Denver. Likewise, the Wolverines will travel north to the Minnesota Invitational where a new field of programs will come together for an exciting mid-season meet.

2019 NCAA Finishes
Men Women
Navy 42nd 43rd
Miami (OH) N/A N/A
Oakland N/A N/A
Virginia 10th 6th
Tennessee 11th 8th
Iowa N/A N/A
Indiana 3rd 9th
Ohio St 9th 25th
Michigan St N/A N/A
Northwestern N/A 27th
Denver 36th N/A

Another interesting decision by the Wolverines was opting out of participating at the US Open during December. With the 2020 Trials less than a year away now, many college programs have selected to go to these LC meets to earn Trials cuts during mid-season resting.

The Michigan women placed 3rd at the 2019 NCAA Championships while the men placed 13th overall. Going against top-10 placing programs like Virginia and Tennessee will certainly poise the Wolverines to dominate the 2020 NCAAs.

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4 years ago

Pretty weak schedule for such a storied program. One would think Meeechigun would swim tougher teams.

Reply to  volmenusa
4 years ago

Lol,VolMenUSA, agreed… pretty weak teams, especially that school Tennessee 🙃

4 years ago

Other than Michigan and Iowa, have any other schools announced their plan to attend the Minnesota Invite this year? Keep hearing how it’s supposed to be a much more improved mid-season….

4 years ago

Tennessee still watering down the schedule….

4 years ago

It’ll be interesting to see what happens this year in the Big Ten. With Ohio States program on the rise and Indiana’s program suffering major losses from seniors and transfers It’ll be cool to see who captures the #1 finish.

Sunny Cal
4 years ago

Guess the MI team doesnt need the US Nationals meet for trial cuts. Seems most team members already have cuts!!

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