PHOENIX, Arizona, March 20. ALL is back to normal today at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis on the day before the start of the women's NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships. Yesterday afternoon, an alleged gunman was found on the IUPUI campus about a quarter mile from the pool, which caused the entire campus to go into lockdown for five hours. In that time, no teams were allowed to use the pool if they weren't already there, which meant going to high school facilities around Indianapolis for some pre-meet swimming. In the end, police say they are not certain that a man was carrying a gun on campus and had been going off the report of an eyewitness. In any case, the teams are using the Nat again, with prelims scheduled to start at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The Division III championships began today in Shenandoah, Texas, and the combined men's and women's meet will see Denison and Emory fighting for team titles. The men from Denison won the team title in 2012, while Emory's women's teams took the team trophy last year. We have correspondents on the deck in Texas and will be providing you complete coverage on Twitter and on swimmingworld.com.
Across the Pacific Ocean, Swimming Australia is scrambling to find a new national team head coach after Leigh Nugent's official resignation yesterday. Initial reports indicated that Swimming Australia fired Nugent in the wake of the independent panel reviews that cited a lack of leadership as the cause of poor performance at the London Olympics, but Swimming Australia said that Nugent submitted a resignation, but is likely to stay involved in the sport in some capacity. An interim coach is expected to be named soon.
And finally today, the field of finalists to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials is down to four. USA Swimming informed Indianapolis that the Lucas Oil Stadium will not fill the needs required for the Trials, inferring that the building is in fact too big for the meet. Greensboro, Omaha, St. Louis and San Antonio are still in the running, and the lucky city will be named in late April.