Minnesota To Keep Girls Swimming In Fall, Condense Season & Limit Invites

Minnesota has approved high school girls swimming & diving, among other sports, to remain in the fall season, though limited to two teams in any meet and with a reduction in the season length.

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) governs high school sports in the state. Across the country, states have been adjusting their academic and school-sport-related calendars amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Minnesota is now the latest state to condense some fall-season sports, including girls swimming & diving.

In Minnesota, girls swimming & diving takes place in the fall season and boys swimming & diving in the winter. The MSHSL Board met Tuesday to make plans for the upcoming fall season, and reports from the meeting say the board voted to move forward with girls swimming & diving in the fall season.

MSHSL representative John Millea says swimming, along with girls tennis and boys and girls cross country, have been approved, with some new restrictions:

Swimming will be limited to two teams per meet – that would effectively keep competitions at the dual meet level, with no triangulars or invitationals.

Tweets from KFAN radio’s Zach Halverson say the season will feature a 30% reduction in games and a 20% reduction in weeks.

According to KBUN radio’s Joel Hoover, there’s no decision yet on a “culminating event,” like a State Championship meet:

The state is still discussing team sports like volleyball, soccer and football, which were classified as medium- or high-risk sports by the state’s Department of Health. Those sports could still be moved to the spring or to a separate fourth season in between winter and spring, reports from the meeting say.

Update: the high school league did vote to move football and volleyball to the spring, where a new sports season will be created from March 15 through May 15.

You can follow all 50 states and their most updated plans in our state-by-state index here.

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JOHN Patrick BARNES
1 month ago

Great news, now the bigger question. How many kids per lane at practice. Will teams need to double their practice time to fit their teams?

Crown
1 month ago

Can I get a W in the chat

meeeee
1 month ago

Michigan also allowing but with fewer restrictions. However, while they deem swimming as a low infection risk sport, the state deems indoor pools as high risk and has yet to open them.

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