The Minnesota State High School League has confirmed that it will host a boys high school state swim meet – but with a timed finals format and split into separate sessions.
The MSHSL approved coronavirus pandemic-adjusted state tournament formats for all winter sports last week. Full details are still being revealed, but here is what we know through the MSHSL site:
- Location: Jean Freeman Aquatic Center – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
- Diving: Thursday, March 18
- Swimming: Friday, March 19 & Saturday, March 20
- Timed Finals format for swimming
- “Maximum of 4 sections at any one time” per the MSHSL site
Minnesota has two classes for high school swimming: Class A for the state’s smaller schools and Class AA for the biggest schools. Typically, both meets happen with prelims on Friday and finals on Saturday, but the new plan would appear to put timed finals of one class on Friday and timed finals of the other class on Saturday.
The bigger wrinkle is the limit of four sections competing at one time. Class AA has 8 total sections and Class A 6 total sections, meaning each class will likely have to be broken up into multiple sessions.
Minnesota did not have a state meet for high school girls swimming & diving, which takes place as a fall sport. The approval of a boys state meet follows several other states coming to adjusted winter sport state championship formats.
Minnesota’s high school state meets should feature multiple nationally-ranked recruits including senior Hayden Zheng of St. Louis Park (#13 in his class and a Stanford signee) in AA and junior Charlie Crosby (#9 in his class and a Texas commit) in A.