Texas Men, Women Release 2019-2020 Schedule; No Swimming at HOF Invite

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.

Date Meet
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
Dec 15-22
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
Feb 26-29
Big 12 Championships @ WVU
Mar 1
West Virginia Last Chance
Mar 5-7
American Short Course Championships
Mar 9-11
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.

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1 year ago

Maybe I’ve been sleeping, but have the men and women had the same schedules the last few years? Is this indications of a combined program once Eddie retires?

Reply to  Elmo
1 year ago

No way

1 year ago

Big 12’s at WVU

No home meets.

Must be doing work on TSC

Stan Crump
Reply to  Charge
1 year ago

Maybe I am reading this wrong, but they have Kentucky on Oct 25, and isn’t the American Short Course Championship at Texas?

Reply to  Stan Crump
1 year ago

You’re right. I was think renovations after kentucky but maybe not. They are still working on the outdoor pool. Odd

Reply to  Charge
1 year ago

There were some issues with the ventilation system recently and I would assume that’s a lengthy renovation that they’re trying to do.

1 year ago

I still don’t understand why the secrecy/late schedule release for them each year?

Interesting if that’s true about renovations/ventilation. Almost no home meets this year, while last year it felt like they had almost all home meets and well…didn’t have a desirable end result for the men’s team. Was thinking perhaps Eddie thought the boys were getting too comfortable and so scheduled the opposite this year.

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