The Virginia Cavaliers have released their 2019-20 meet schedule, which features 2020 Olympic Trials preparation with the inclusion of the 2019 Toyota US Open in early December.
Along with the inclusion of the US Open, the Cavaliers have also swapped in dual meets with Wisconsin and Michigan in their opening month. Last season, the Cavaliers had opening dual meets against Penn State and fellow ACC programs Pittsburgh and Louisville. The Cavaliers will continue to have duals against Auburn, Tennessee, and ACC rivals NC State, Virginia Tech, and UNC.
Here’s a comparison of UVA’s 2019-20 meet schedule and last season’s meet line-up.
|10/4-10/5||Trojan Invite||@ USC|
|10/18-10/19||Tennessee, Michigan||@ Michigan|
|11/21-11/23||Tennessee Swimming Invitational||@ Tennessee|
|11/21-11/23||Georgia Tech Diving Invitational||@ Atlanta|
|12/5-12/7||Toyota US Open||@ Atlanta|
|1/3-1/5||Tennessee Diving Invitational||@ Tennessee|
|1/18||Virginia Tech||@ Virginia Tech|
|1/24||NC State||@ UVA|
|2/19-2/22||Women’s ACC Championships||@ Greensboro|
|2/26-2/29||Men’s ACC Championships||@ Greensboro|
|3/9-3/11||NCAA Zone A Championships||@ West Virginia|
|3/18-3/21||Women’s NCAA Championships||@ UGA|
|3/25-3/28||Men’s NCAA Championships||@ IUPUI|
|10/6||Penn State||@ UVA|
|10/12-10/13||SMU Classic||@ SMU|
|11/10-11/11||ACC/Big Ten Challenge||@ Purdue|
|11/15-11/17||Navy Diving Invite||@ Navy|
|11/29-12/1||UGA Fall Invite||@ UGA|
|1/3-1/5||UGA Diving Invite||@ UGA|
|1/12||Virginia Tech||@ UVA|
|1/26||NC State||@ NC State|
|2/20-2/23||Women’s ACC Championships||@ Greensboro|
|2/27-3/2||Men’s ACC Championships||@ Greensboro|
|3/1-3/3||Liberty Last Chance||@ Liberty|
|3/11-3/13||NCAA Zone A Championships||@ Navy|
|3/20-3/23||Women’s NCAA Championships||@ Texas|
|3/27-3/30||Men’s NCAA Championships||@ Texas|
The Cavaliers will be on the road quite a bit this season than last season, hosting only 3 dual meets in contrast to last season’s 5 home meets. While the women’s team had an extra meet last season at the SMU Classic, they will instead travel to LA at the Trojan Invite.
Going back to the program’s decision to go against Wisconsin/Michigan over Penn State/Pittsburgh/Louisville, the aforementioned Big Ten programs will present a more competitive meet as the Cavaliers defeated both Pittsburgh and Penn State last season. The Cavaliers had only suffered losses at NC State and from the Auburn women/Louisville men in the 2018-19 season.
Here’s a look at UVA’s dual meet opponents from last season and this season plus their respective 2019 NCAA finishes.
|2018-19||2019 Men’s NCAA Finish||2019 Women’s NCAA Finish||2019-20||2019 Men’s NCAA Finish||2019 Women’s NCAA Finish|
|Virginia Tech||35th||40th||NC State||4th||7th|
++last season’s opponents, *new to 2019-20 schedule
Head coach Todd DeSorbo said in the program’s schedule release, “We are looking forward to building on our success from last season and in order to do this we have scheduled a challenging series of meets for the 2019-20 season. We will be on the road to take on some quality competition throughout the year and this will put us in challenging situations, which will in turn set us up to be successful at our focus competitions, ACCs and NCAAs. Further, this is an Olympic Year with U.S. Trials set for late June. Our goal is to put our squad in the best possible position to peak at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.”
Last season, the UVA women finished 2nd at the 2019 ACC Championships while the men took 3rd overall. At the NCAA Championships, the women bumped up to 6th place overall while the men clinched 10th place.