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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2 years ago

Will there be a 2021 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship?

2 years ago

If considering outdoors, I think somewhere in Arizona is the safest bet. Weather is so consistent there. Way lower risk in that respect. Perhaps Mesa, UA also has great new pool, but spectating is a little limited. However, I don’t imagine they will want much spectating outside of family.

2 years ago

Hey, if we can have it anywhere and want it outdoors, why not Hawaii –

I remember swimming a Masters Nationals there in 2002 … even if you have a crappy race, it just doesn’t matter because it’s so damn beautiful.

Reply to  1001pools
2 years ago

I’m quite confident that what athletics departments can’t afford to do in 2021 is send their entire swimming & diving teams to Hawaii.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

May as well go out with a bang, spend the future pay increases for the football coaches now on swimming before all the programs are cut …

Old sprinter
2 years ago

leaning toward an outdoor venue in a warm weather location, it would be a fantastic inaugural event for the renovated Swimming Hall of Fame pool in Ft. Lauderdale. Of course the renovation would have to completed by theN, but construction seems to be moving along well.

2 years ago

Obviously IUPUI. Best pool and they deserve to get it back.

PAC-12 Girl
2 years ago

King County Aquatic Center

2 years ago

This won’t be super popular but I’m selfish so I don’t care: just go north a couple hours and revisit the historical site that saw 17.6 and 39.9. Bring it on back to MN so I can attend.

2 years ago

It hey could always host it in North Dakota west Fargo has the Olympic trials pool from 2016

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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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