Tennessee invites to be scored in head-to-head dual meet format

Tennessee Invitationals 2022

  • 17-19 November 2022
  • Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • SCY (25 meters)
  • Start times: Prelims – 10am / Finals – 6pm (ET)
  • Double Encounter Rating (9-4-3-2-1)

This year’s Tennessee Invitational will look a little different than traditional midseason invite meets, as the 2022 edition will be settled in a dual-meet format.

This means that each of the five schools that send swimmers to compete will be ranked head-to-head with the other four, rather than in the standard championship style.

A school president told SwimSwam that the main reason for this change was to make the prelims more competitive. Last year the meet had “A”, “B” and “C” finals, meaning the top 24 swimmers in each event earned a second swim.

With this new format, each team is limited to a maximum of three swimmers in each “A” final, and while there may be certain events with “C” finals for postgraduate or exhibition swimming, they do not count towards total points.

In the dual-meet scoring format, five swimmers between the two teams in each competition will score (maximum of three per team), as will the top three relays (maximum of two per team). A “B” Finalist cannot score ahead of an “A” Finalist regardless of their time in the Finals.

There will also be a cap of four individual competitions per swimmer for scoring purposes, although they are eligible to compete in all five relays.

RATING FORMAT (HEAD TO HEAD)

  • Individual competitions: 9-4-3-2-1
  • Relay Events: 11-4-2
  • Swimmers can score in a maximum of four individual competitions
  • Swimmers can participate in all five relays

While a total of nine schools will send athletes to the meet, only five teams will have swimmers: Tennessee, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina and Carson-Newman.

Duke and South Carolina will send their two dive teams, while Florida Gulf Coast and Georgia Southern will send their women’s dive teams.

teams

  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Carson-Newman (swimming only)
  • Duke (diving only)
  • Gulf Coast of Florida (Women Only Diving)
  • Georgia Southern (women only diving)
  • South Carolina (diving only)

The dual-meet scoring format favors two-time defending champion Virginia Women, who finished third last year with the Lady Vols claiming a dominant win. Tennessee has been missing some of its best swimmers so far this season, notably Ellen Walshe, Julia Mrozinski and Jasmine Rumley.

Walshe is out for at least the first half of the season and staying at home in Ireland, while Mrozinski competed at the FINA World Cup in Berlin last month, suggesting Germany is her home.

Under last year’s traditional invitational scoring format, where the top 16 swimmers in each event score, the Tennessee women topped the list with 1,203.5 points, followed by Alabama (881.5) and Virginia (809.5) . In the men’s race, the Vols (1,004) narrowly defeated the Crimson Tide (980) while the Cavaliers returned to third place (728).

In 2020, Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia competed in a dual-meet format and the men’s competition between the Cavs and Crimson Tide hit the spot, with UVA eventually coming out on top 189-182. Virginia also beat Tennessee (206-178) in the men, while the Cavalier women edged out Alabama (235-147) and the Lady Vols (219-168).

EVENT SCHEDULE

times in ET

Day 1 – Thursday 17th November

10 a.m. – preliminary round

12:00 p.m. – Dive Prelims (immediately followed by Finals)

  • 3 meter women
  • 1 meter men

6 p.m. – Finals

  • 200 free relay
  • ~10 minute break~
  • 500 free
  • 200IM
  • 50 free
  • Women’s Dive Team Event (1M/3M)
  • 400 Medley Relay

Day 2 – Friday 18th November

10 a.m. – preliminary round

  • 100 fly
  • 400IM
  • 200 free
  • 100 chest
  • 100 back

12:00 p.m. – Dive Prelims (immediately followed by Finals)

  • men 3 meters
  • 1 meter ladies

6 p.m. – Finals

  • 200 medley relay
  • 100 fly
  • ~10 minute break~
  • 400IM
  • 200 free
  • 100 chest
  • 100 back
  • Men’s Dive Team Event (1M/3M)
  • 800 free relay

Day 3 – Saturday 19th November

10 a.m. – preliminary round

  • 200 back
  • 100% free
  • 200 chest
  • 200 fly
  • 1650 free

1:00 p.m. – Dive finals

  • women platform
  • men’s platform

6 p.m. – Finals

  • 1650 free
  • 200 back
  • 100% free
  • 200 chest
  • 200 fly
  • ~20 minute break~
  • 400 free relay

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