NCAA Reportedly Looking For New 2021 Championship Host After Iowa Program Cut

In light of the University of Iowa cutting its men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs on August 21, the NCAA has reportedly begun searching for a new host of the 2021 Men’s NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships.

According to College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) Executive Director Greg Earhart, the NCAA has started its “pursuit of a new, more deserving site for this event.”

“The 2021 Men’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships were set to generate nearly $1.5m in economic impact for Iowa City and thousands more in earned positive media for the university,” Earhart said in a statement.

Iowa City was announced as the host of the event, which is scheduled for March 24-27, 2021, back in 2017. The city last hosted the Men’s Division I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship in 2015.

As acknowledged by Earhart, moving the NCAA Championships from the city leaves a huge financial impact, especially considering the money the school invested into its new facility. The $69 million Campus Recreation and Wellness Center only opened in 2010, and the school put $5-6 million into pool repairs just last summer.

The pool seats 1,200 spectators.

Niether the University of Iowa nor the NCAA has yet issued a press release on the move.

When Iowa announced it was cutting its swimming & diving teams in August, it marked the sixth Division I school to cut at least one of its S&D programs during the offseason and the first that competes in one of the Power-5 conferences (Big Ten).

The Big Ten Conference had announced earlier in August that it would be postponing the fall football season, leaving them to face approximately $15 million in athletics budget reductions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hawkeyes finished 9th among 13 women’s programs and 6th among 10 men’s programs at the 2020 Big Ten Championships. They had qualified two women and two men for the NCAA Championships, which were cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to being canceled, the 2020 Men’s NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships were scheduled to take place at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, while Georgia Tech in Atlanta is currently slated to host in 2022.

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Swimswammer
17 days ago

Avery aquatics center? 4 pools and a solid option if NCAA is looking for an outdoor venue.

Admin
Reply to  Swimswammer
17 days ago

The NCAA is probably not looking for an outdoor venue.

Hmmmm
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

I agree, but they should consider it. Especially given the climate with covid, an outdoor facility would be great for a large meet like NCAAs.

Honestly, I have always wanted to see NCAAs at Avery. They have Summer Nationals outdoors about half the time, not to mention the Pro Series, so I don’t see why NCAAs shouldn’t be.

Admin
Reply to  Hmmmm
17 days ago

This is true. Given the scenario, maybe they are. I hadn’t considered COVID.

In any other year, probably not. Too much cost associated with “if it rains.”

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

I remember back to late March, 1996, and the National Championship for women’s Synchronized Swimming was held at DeGuerre Pool (as the Stanford facility was known back then). Nothing could go wrong in sunny Northern California? The first two days had rain, lightning, and hail! The third day was clear, however.

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

As you’ve probably read, as of September 1, Stanford has closed down most of the campus to outsiders. Indeed, I doubt that their Masters swimming program will be allowed back in before June, 2021.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

To be fair, outdoor venues have been brought up as potential options for all divisions…

Speed racer
Reply to  Swimswammer
17 days ago

Might be a bit cold in March. Also the State of California is not afraid to cancel sporting events.

Admin
Reply to  Speed racer
17 days ago

Also a good point, average highs in the Bay Area in late March are around 63 F. Average lows are around 50 F. Given that there has to be a morning session and an evening session, that’s swimming in the 50s outdoors, most likely. But, maybe San Antonio outside is a possibility? Texas is less likely to cancel, and San Antonio built that glittery new outdoor pool. San Antonio has an average of 5 days of rain in March. If the meet gets pushed into April, that’s the dryest month of the year. So…maybe that’s the best option under the circumstances? San Antonio has average highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s in April. Which seems like it’s… Read more »

NC Fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

Hadn’t heard about San Antonio’s ‘glittery new outdoor pool’. When did it open and what’s is capacity…assuming fans return some day?

Lynda Kay Leopold
Reply to  NC Fan
16 days ago

Probably referring to the Northside Swim Center. Beautiful facility. It was scheduled to be the site of USMS Spring Nationals in April. I think there were 2500 or more registered before it was cancelled. Also, there is a Natatorium nextdoor.

Texas A&M Swim Fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

I’m “all in” for this option👍👍👍

coach
Reply to  Swimswammer
17 days ago

If you are looking for an outdoor facility, I think you will have better luck looking outside the state of California. Since Stanford is not sure when students will be back full time and the PAC 12 is not having fall sports, I’m not sure Stanford is a safe gamble.

Xman
Reply to  coach
17 days ago

Have ever had NCAA or a conference meet outdoors?

At some point I find that outdoor meets actually represent what swimming actually is, an outdoor sport. No different then having hockey games outside.

Only downside is backstroke if it’s sunny 😎, who zig zags least wins.

SATXSwimMom
Reply to  Xman
16 days ago

By the time they are swimming in college, most of these swimmers have already figured out the ‘backstroke in an outdoor pool’ thing. This isn’t summer league.

Sean S
Reply to  SATXSwimMom
16 days ago

This simply isn’t true. There are many swimmers who don’t have any extended periods training in outdoor pools. Even swimmers who train in outdoor pools all the time can still have issues swimming straight, particularly if the sun is in a difficult spot. In Baker’s WR swim in 2018 she was on the lane line at the turn and pushed off underneath it for her underwater before correcting course.

Tomek
17 days ago

Correct decision under circumstances

collegeswimmer
17 days ago

I believe a school with pools like UGA in Athens or the Indy pool should host it since they weren’t able to last year.

Last edited 17 days ago by collegeswimmer
Aquajosh
Reply to  collegeswimmer
17 days ago

Agreed. Give first rights to the schools that were supposed to host this year.

Admin
Reply to  Aquajosh
17 days ago

Presuming they want it.

Without spectators, the economics of hosting might not be as attractive.

This would actually be the one real chance to go *wherever they want* without having to regard spectator capacity. Which opens up some fun possibilities.

Woodrow
Reply to  collegeswimmer
17 days ago

King County Aquatic Center is an awesome venue. Went to the NCAA’s in 2008. Of course they are closed at the moment…….

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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