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It was announced on Tuesday that the 2020 YMCA Short Course Nationals would be cancelled for the first time since 1947 due to the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), but currently, there are talks about a potential replacement that would mirror the dates, location and format of the meet.
Jon Jolley, the Director of Competitive Swimming for the Hickory Foundation YMCA Seahorse Swim Team, offered the following statement to SwimSwam on the matter:
“Serious discussions are occurring right now to offer an alternate meet to teams that were planning on attending YMCA Nationals. The meet would closely follow the same format and dates as the 2020 YMCA Short Course Nationals, and the location would be the Greensboro Aquatic Center. We hope to have details finalized and announced as quickly as possible.”
In addition to dates and location, the qualifying times are also expected to remain the same.
The YMCA Short Course Nationals were originally scheduled to run March 30-April 3 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The cancellation of the competition came after YMCA of the USA staff was informed in an email that it must cancel all Y-hosted in-person events through April 30.
On Thursday, after seemingly every sporting event was cancelled due to COVID-19, Jolley published the following statement on Facebook saying the alternate meet is off.
“Due to all of the cancellations over the last 48 hours and the statement from USA Swimming today, we are unable to continue the pursuit of offering an alternate meet for YMCA Nationals. I know not all will have the option, but we are putting pads in, suiting up, and swimming fast for our own season ending swims in our home pool. I tried my best to make this work, but it is what it is. Best of luck to all. Stay safe. Pray that the craziness ends soon.”