The Texas Longhorns have released their much-anticipated schedule for the 2019-2020 swimming & diving season, confirming that the annual Texas Invite will not feature swimming.
Both the Texas men’s and women’s programs were confirmed for entry at the Minnesota Invite in early December, suggesting that the Texas Hall of Fame Invite would not be taking place this season. The schedules confirm it, showing only a Texas Diving Invitational from November 21-23.
The Texas schedule is relatively light on dual meets. The highlight remains the Nov 8-9 triangular meet with Indiana and Louisville, this year hosted by Indiana in Bloomington. Last year, Texas hosted the tri meet, which featured Florida rather than Louisville.
Both programs will dual with Kentucky at home and Texas A&M on the road for their only fall dual meets. In the spring, both teams will make a jaunt through Arizona to face Arizona State and Arizona, followed by a meet at SMU, though that’s still listed as tentative on the men’s schedule.
Also of note: the Big 12 Championships will be heading to West Virginia this season. Texas has hosted the Big 12 Championship meet since 2011, and the only other hosts in the past decade have since left the conference. (Missouri hosted in 2011 and Texas A&M in 2009). West Virginia is unveiling a brand new natatorium this season with seating for 1,200. While not as big as the Texas Swim Center, 1,200 seats is more than adequate to host the 8 teams (5 women and 3 men) that compete at the Big 12 Championships, so Texas’ monopoly there is probably over.
The Longhorns have historically not pushed too hard for the Big 12 Championships, with the men especially blowing straight through, save a few swimmers looking for qualifications, to NCAAs. While that approach is unlikely to change at least until someone in the conference becomes more competitive with them, the change of venue may force a little more of an effort on the program for that meet.
Here are the full schedules:
Texas 2019-2020 Swim/Dive Schedule
Home meets are bolded.
Opponents’ 2019 NCAA Finish
|Sept. 26||Orange/White Intrasquad|
|Oct 25||vs Kentucky||Kentucky women: 15th
Kentucky men: 25th
|Nov 1||@ Texas A&M||Texas A&M women: 13th
Texas A&M men: 17th
|Nov 8-9||@ Indiana, vs Louisville||Indiana women: 9th
Indiana men: 3rd
Louisville women: 4th
Louisville men: 5th
|Nov 21-23||Texas Diving Invite|
|Dec 4-7||Minnesota Invite|
USA Diving Winter Nationals
|Jan 31||@ Arizona State||Arizona State women: 20th
Arizona State men: 21st
|Feb 1||@ Arizona||Arizona women: 14th
Arizona men: 16th
|Feb 7||@ SMU||—|
Big 12 Championships @ WVU
West Virginia Last Chance
American Short Course Championships
Zone D Diving Championships
|Mar 18-21||Women’s NCAAs|
|Mar 25-28||Men’s NCAAs|
There are a handful of really good showdowns for the Texas men (2nd at NCAAs last year) and women (5th). The triangular with Indiana and Louisville has three top-5 men’s programs and three top-10 women’s programs.