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NCAA Division I men's swimming and diving meet joins women on Greensboro Aquatic Center's calendar
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NCAA Division I men's swimming and diving meet joins women on Greensboro Aquatic Center's calendar

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For the first time, the Greensboro Aquatic Center is scheduled to host the men's and women's NCAA swimming and diving championships on back-to-back weekends.

The newly awarded men's meet is scheduled for March 24-27, 2021, marking its first visit to Greensboro. The Aquatic Center, which hosted the women's meet in 2015, had been previously selected for the women's meet for March 17-20, 2021.

The men's championships had been scheduled for Iowa City, in the University of Iowa's $69 million swimming and diving facility. But athletics director Gary Barta announced in August that Iowa was cutting its men's and women's programs.

The NCAA then began a search for a new location for its men's national championships and selected the Aquatic Center, which is home to four pools and 1,848 seats.

“The NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships is an event we have pursued since the GAC opened in 2011,” said Aquatic Center manager Susan Braman. “To be able to host the women’s championship and men’s championship over back-to-back weeks will be a historic opportunity for us. We can’t wait to welcome the top collegiate swimmers and divers to our state-of-the-art venue.”

Greensboro will join 2019 in Austin, Texas (2019), Indianapolis (2017), Atlanta (2016), Indianapolis (2013) and College Station, Texas (2009) as cities to host both meets.

The Aquatic Center hosted the Division II men's and women's championships in 2018 and the Division III men's and women's championships in 2016 and 2019. The 2020 Division III national meets were scheduled for Greensboro before they were canceled because of the pandemic.

Texas had the nation's top-ranked men's team and Stanford's women were No. 1 in the final Division I polls in February.

Among the other ranked ACC teams:

• Men: No. 5 N.C. State, No. 9 Louisville, No. 14 Florida State, No. 15 Virginia, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 23 North Carolina.

• Women: No. 2 Virginia, No. 6 N.C. State, No. 9 Duke, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 16 Louisville.

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