SEC Establishes New Start Date, Format for Swimming & Diving
BATON ROUGE – The SEC has established a new start date and format for men’s and women’s swimming and diving, as the 14 members of the SEC continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19, the league announced Monday.
The 2020 SEC men’s and women’s swimming & diving season will begin no earlier than October 1, 2020 and conclude no later than January 25, 2021 with regionalized competition permitted upon the adherence of opponents to SEC Medical Guidance Task Force Requirements for COVID-19 Management.
Contests will be limited to dual-meet format unless alternative strategies are identified to limit the overall number of participants to ensure appropriate distancing. The number of events is at the discretion of each institution.
“We knew at the start of the year there were going to be challenges this season,” said LSU head swim coach Dave Geyer. “My goal, as well as LSU and the SEC is to navigate this season while keeping everyone healthy with the best opportunity to compete. With some changes already to our schedule, we are going to have to create even more opportunities to race within our own structure here on campus.”
“We have all had to make adjustments during this challenging time,” said LSU head diving coach Doug Shaffer. “We will continue to make decisions in the best interests of our student-athlete’s health and well being. We will continue to follow the SEC Conference directives.”
The Tigers open up the season against SMU on October 31 from inside the LSU Natatorium.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING
Season runs October 1, 2020 to January 25, 2021
Regionalized competition permitted upon the adherence of opponents to SEC Medical Guidance Task Force Requirements for COVID-19 Management
No restrictions on number of events
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