NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt’s swimming team makes its 2020-21 season debut when it faces Kentucky at 3 p.m. CT Friday at the Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
There will be no spectators allowed. Fans are encouraged to follow along through online live scoring or on the Meet Mobile app. The meet will also be streamed on SEC Network+.
Vanderbilt, which finished last season at the SEC Championships in February, returns seniors Lauren Bergmann, Kaley Buchanan, Brooke Ellis and Lindsey Gordon and added six in the freshman Class of 2024.
Per SEC guidelines, the event will be a dual-meet format.
The league office approved a men’s and women’s swimming and diving season, so long as it begins no earlier than Oct. 1 and concludes no later than Jan. 25. Contests are limited to dual meets, unless alternative strategies are identified to limit the overall number of participants to ensure appropriate distancing, and there is no restriction on the number of meets a program can compete in.
The meets are limited to conference schools, with regionalized competition permitted upon the adherence of opponents to SEC Medical Guidance Task Force Requirements for COVID-19 Management.
The league office also announced in July that student-athletes in all sports who elect to not participate in intercollegiate athletics during the fall 2020 academic semester because of health and/or safety concerns related to COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their university and will remain in good standing with their team.
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