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California’s high school swimming season ended abruptly in the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s scheduled comeback in 2021 offers intrigue and challenges.
In other words, it could feel a lot like just another swimming season in Southern California.
And considering the health crisis that has raged since March, that normalcy would be a welcomed vibe.
“We’re just hopeful we can have something this year,” Santa Margarita co-coach Rich Blanc said this week.
The revised sports calendar by the CIF-Southern Section pushes the swimming season back about three weeks to a start on March 13, 2021. The season will then operate in nearly its regular spring window.
The Southern Section championships are scheduled for the week of May 24, the last week before Memorial Day. The state championships remain and slotted for June 4-5.
Part of the intrigue and benefit for swimming in the new calendar is that many boys will enter the season directly from water polo. The water polo season will end for most teams in early March.
Traditionally, the boys play water polo in the fall and have an extended break before swimming. But with essentially no break between seasons this school year, the boys could be excellence shape early in the swimming campaign.
“I bet in the first two weeks of the season, you’ll see their best times until league,” Villa Park consultant John Kulisich said.
The boys, of course, will make the same transition that the girls have made for years from water polo to swimming. The girls usually play water polo in the winter and move right into swimming.
The swimming season also might experience a rehearsal of sorts in November. USA Swimming’s TYR Pro Swim Series is scheduled to make a stop in Irvine at Woollett Aquatics Center, Nov. 12-15, 2020.
Coach Ken LaMont of the host Irvine Novaquatics said his club will work with health officials leading up the meet but knows the pandemic makes the future uncertain.
“We’re excited about the possibility of the meet,” LaMont said Friday.
The high school season will face hurdles with scheduling.
The calendar’s stretch into late May and early June could conflict with high school graduations.
And there’s the typical, Olympic-year consideration. The early June conclusion of the season will be close to the start of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, June 13-20, in Omaha, Neb.
In past Olympic years, some elite high school swimmers alter their schedule and training in preparation of Trials.
“We will deal with it successfully,” Mission Viejo Nadadores coach Mark Schubert said the balance act. “I don’t think there is a negative.”
Yes, any type of comeback from a canceled season would certainly be a positive.
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