S&D: Georgia to Host 2021 SEC Women’s Swimming Championships

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S&D: Georgia to Host 2021 SEC Women’s Swimming Championships

Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle during a meet against Florida at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle during a meet against Florida at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

The University of Georgia will host the 2021 Southeastern Conference Women’s Swimming Championships, as announced by the league office in Birmingham Wednesday afternoon.

The women’s championship meet will run from Wednesday, Feb. 17 through Saturday, Feb. 20 at Gabrielsen Natatorium, with only swimming events taking place in Athens.

The University of Missouri was originally slated to host the combined championship meet, but it will now be contested in three separate events due to restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Missouri will still host the men’s and women’s diving championships on Feb. 17-20 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, followed by the men’s swimming championships on Feb. 23-26.

The 2020-21 SEC men’s and women’s swimming and diving season began in October and will conclude on Jan. 25, 2021 with regionalized competition permitted upon the adherence of opponents to SEC Medical Guidance Task Force Requirements for COVID-19 Management. The SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force continues to meet on policies and procedures for the safe return of student-athletes to competition, building on the NCAA’s Resocialization of College Sports Guidelines.

Gabrielsen Natatorium has previously hosted the full SEC Championships on five occasions: 1997, 2004, 2010, 2014, and 2019. The venue is slated to host the complete event again in 2025 and 2029, as well as the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in 2024.

Following the SEC Championships, the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, and NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will all be held this March at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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