The Missouri Valley Conference has approved a move of their 2020-2021 women’s swimming & diving conference championship meet to mid-April, multiple of the conference’s coaches have told SwimSwam. The exact dates have not yet been finalized, though at a coaches’ meeting, the dates of April 21-24 were discussed.
The conference still intends to hold the meet at member school Southern Illinois University, which was announced earlier this year after hosting at non-member University of Missouri in the last 2 seasons.
The Missouri Valley announced earlier this year that they were postponing all MVC-sponsored fall sports until the spring season, with the hopes of participating in NCAA Championships in the spring of 2021. At that time, winter sports seasons, including women’s swimming & diving, were not impacted.
The Missouri State women are the four-time Missouri Valley Conference Champions.
The NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships are still scheduled to take place in Greensboro (women) and Iowa City (men) in March, so this April timeline could present scheduling challenges, or outright eliminate Missouri Valley teams from participating in the 2020 NCAA Championships.
Last season, Missouri Valley teams did not have any swimmers qualify for the NCAA Championship meet, which was eventually canceled with the rise of coronavirus pandemic in the United States. The Zone C Diving Championships, where Missouri Valley teams were due to compete, were canceled early before any results in the women’s events were complete.
8 teams in the Missouri Valley sponsor women’s swimming & diving: Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Little Rock, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Valparaiso.
The conference members’ men’s swimming & diving programs all compete in other conferences: Evansville, Missouri State, and Northern Illinois compete in the MAC, while Valparaiso competes in the Summit League.