USA Swimming Cancels Summer Nationals, Announces 2021 Pro Swim Series Schedule

USA Swimming has officially canceled its major summer meets (Summer Championships, Sectionals, Futures), but plans to run more regional meets in mid-summer and kick-start national competition again in late 2020.

Summer season would typically culminate in a set of summer meets at various levels. Sectional meets for more regional competition, Futures Championships for age-group swimmers just outside of junior national level, and the U.S. Summer Championships, a rebranded combination of U.S. Open and Junior Nationals from previous seasons. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic wiping out competition this spring and summer, USA Swimming has officially canceled those events.

But the organization says it will fill the gap with 14-16 ‘regional events’ in mid-to-late August, provided clubs and athletes are able to safely return to training and competition.

USA Swimming has also set the framework for major events in the winter season. The 2021 Pro Swim Series will tentatively begin in the fall of 2020, with five stops spread between then and May of 2021.

The tentative schedule also includes a Winter U.S. Open meet, and Winter Junior Championships, once again split between East and West meets. As it was last year, the U.S. Open meet would be in long course meters, and the Winter Junior meets would be short course yards.

Here’s a look at the lineup and dates for the late 2020 meets. The summer 2020 regional-level meets are not yet included:

  • Nov 5-8, 2020: Pro Swim Series at Richmond (Richmond, VA)
  • Dec. 2-5, 2020: U.S. Open (Atlanta, GA)
  • Dec. 9-12, 2020: Winter Juniors East (Atlanta, GA) & West (Austin, TX)
  • Jan. 13-16, 2021: Pro Swim Series at Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
  • March 3-6, 2021: Pro Swim Series at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
  • April 8-11, 2021: Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, CA)
  • May 12-15, 2021: Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
  • June 13-20, 2021: U.S. Olympic Trials (Omaha, NE)

 

The full USA Swimming announcement is below:

Dear USA Swimming members,

As we continue to monitor the changes of this global pandemic, assess the lifting of restrictions across the country and prioritize the health and safety of our members, we are also optimistically planning for our return to competition.

Given the varying timelines expected for a return to training, we have made the decision to modify our upcoming events schedule. National events in July and early August, which include USA Swimming Sectionals, Futures and the Speedo Summer Championships, will be canceled in order to refocus our efforts on introducing a new series of summer events better tailored to the current environment.

The introduction of 14-16 regional events in mid to late August would allow for a successful return to pools and training and help kickoff the competition season.

These regionally focused events will limit the need for travel and promote a safer competition environment for our athletes, families and everyone involved. The approval of these event sanctions will be subject to local health guidelines and directives. We look forward to providing further details in the coming weeks.

Following the end-of-summer events, we are pleased to announce our tentative 2020-2021 national schedule of events in preparation for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha in 2021:

Nov. 5-8, 2020

TYR Pro Swim Series at Richmond | Richmond, Va.

Dec. 2-5, 2020

Toyota U.S. Open | Atlanta, Ga.

Dec. 9-12, 2020

Speedo Juniors East | Atlanta, Ga.

Dec. 9-12, 2020

Speedo Juniors West | Austin, Texas

   

January 13-16,2021

TYR Pro Swim Series at Knoxville | Knoxville, Tenn.

March 3-6, 2021

TYR Pro Swim Series at San Antonio | San Antonio, Texas

April 8-11, 2021

TYR Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo | Mission Viejo, Calif.

May 12-15, 2021

TYR Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis | Indianapolis, Ind.

June 13-20, 2021

U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming | Omaha, Neb.

Qualifying periods for the national events will be announced later this summer.

There is still much work to do, but we encourage you to remain hopeful. There will be bumps along the road, but rest assured that we will respond swiftly and in the safest and most responsible way.

Someday soon you will all strap on your goggles and walk on the pool deck again, and we absolutely cannot wait.

Wishing you continued good health,

Tim Hinchey III

USA Swimming President & CEO

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Ghost

Have they come out with a National Team Policy? Do they rollover automatically? Can anyone be added or bumped this summer?

kevinm

was on a few usa swimming committee calls this week, national team and junior team are looking at numbers and working on proposals, both for “who is named to nat team/nat jr team”, and the upcoming selection teams. stay tuned

Guy

I hope USA swimming makes the winter juniors cuts just a tad bit slower to accommodate for the months of missed training.

Swimmer68

It’ll just be a smaller meet and that’s fine

John

Definitely don’t do this… rise to the occasion, don’t lower the bar.

Joe Mama

How are you supposed to rise to the occasion when you don’t have an opportunity to swim?

Xman

Mojo

meeeee

Totally agree. This summer most won’t be able to swim. All the summer clubs in our area are closed. University and HS pools clubs train in will be closed.Such horrible timing for rising HS juniors

Joe Mama

I wonder how incoming HS juniors who are not Zachary Tan or Josh Zuchowski are even going to get recruited for college if we aren’t able to swim in big meets until 2021. Like the swimmers in the class of 2022 are already significantly slower than the two previous classes and all the meets getting cancelled did not help that. So whats stopping a college from just not recruiting class of 22’s and just recruiting more class of 21’s?

wokebanana

The recruiting process is what’s stopping them

SwimFan49

You have to think colleges will adjust .. it’s not like they’re going to just not add recruits from the ’22 HS class. And, FWIW, the ’21 class is also in an awkward spot – even more so, I’d say. While many of the top recruits have found colleges, I’d say many more have not and we’re counting on NCSAs or other March championship meets to move off the bubble. So, now the ’21 class has a group that got their end of season meet in (e.g., a HS state championship meet) and another group that did not.

Patrick

Some coaches will see this as an opportunity to load up on potential upside. It’s more of a risk but assuming things go back to normal there should be a typical amount of ncaa scoring out of this class eventually.

Bula

Just out of curiosity, what does regional meets mean? More like a sectionals type? Is it a “championship” style meet?

The details haven’t been announced yet, but I would envision it will be similar to Sectionals, though maybe smaller.

Swim Dad

And if it is more of a season launch rather than season conclusion meet, does it make sense to do it short course instead of long course? While there can hopefully be practices LC, it seems most reasonable to pull the plug on summer LC season. No one needs the stress of seeing how far their big pool times are from Trials cuts in August. Better to let the LSC’s do their own meets and probably limit attendance to their or adjoining LSCs.

Taa

Mission Viejo is having the Fran Crippen meet in midAugust. Its a 4 day meet with prelims and finals. I don’t see a gathering of this size being allowed in California this summer but maybe some other states will be little more lenient

Ol' Longhorn

They should have it open water. Plenty of people on the Cali beaches already.

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