Boston College Swimming & Diving Suspends Workouts after Coronavirus Outbreak

Boston College has suspended all team activities for its swimming and diving program after a few members of the team tested positive for coronavirus.

While the school did not confirm how many positive tests there were, the Boston Globe reports that 13 members of the team tested positive.

The team members who tested positive are currently in isolation, according to a BC spokesperson.

Boston College is not the first team that has suspended swimming & diving training amid positive tests. Previously, programs including Texas A&M and Louisville have reported positive tests.

Given the broader data emerging about outbreaks on college campuses, it’s likely that many other programs have had infections and positive tests, but have not reported those publicly or specifically. National data showing the towns and cities with the highest infection rates over the last 2 weeks show lists that are almost entirely made up of “college towns” where student-bodies returning to campus make up a significant portion of the town’s population.

Boston College welcomed students back to campus at the end of August, with students being required to take a coronavirus test and quarantine upon arrival until receiving their tests back. The school has also hired a police detail to shut down student parties. The school has altered-day or staggered schedules, and dining halls are providing meals to-go only to limit the number of people gathered in one place at any time.

Boston College has approximately 9,000 undergraduates. As of Thursday morning, in a press release, the school reported only 12 positive tests, including 10 undergraduates. If the Boston Globe’s reporting of 13 positive tests among the swimming & diving team is accurate, that would indicate a lag in the data.

Boston College competes in the ACC, which is one of the few conferences that will hold NCAA football games this fall. The football season kicks off on Saturday September 19th with a game against Duke.

The school has not yet released a 2020-2021 college swimming & diving schedule yet.

Last season, the Boston College men finished 12th out of 12 teams at the ACC Championships, including behind Miami, which only sponsors diving on the men’s side. The team’s only 4 individual points came from sophomore Sam Roche, who placed 21st in the 100 back.

The BC women also finished 12th out of 12 teams, with no individual points.

There were positive signs for the team, however. The women’s team broke School Records in 15 out of 23 events where the school tracks them, while the men’s team broke School Records in 7 out of 23 events.

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ACC coach
10 months ago

BC Swim do be on the rise tho

Mike Stephens the Goat
Reply to  ACC coach
10 months ago

They do be.

AAC Swim Fan
Reply to  Mike Stephens the Goat
10 months ago

LOL

CAA swim fan
Reply to  ACC coach
10 months ago

gunning for Miami diving! LOL!

olde coach
10 months ago

Good Luck Eagles you will get through this!

Unicorns
10 months ago

Let them swim! So many colleges are removing their swim programs, at least let the ones who still have it still swim. Swimming is important for these athletes’ mental health.

Rob Baxter
Reply to  Unicorns
10 months ago

I’m sorry but this is a dumb, irresponsible comment. What part of 13 members tested positive for covid did you not understand? BC is doing the right thing by suspending things until they get a handle on things…

RUN-DMC
Reply to  Rob Baxter
10 months ago

How many of those 13 are actual positives? There needs to be a retest.

How many of those 13 are hospitalized?

Is it worth closing a program for 14 days if no one is even hospitalized?

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  RUN-DMC
10 months ago

Agree, let’s be real. The whole team could get it and probably be asymptomatic.

SwimMom
Reply to  RUN-DMC
10 months ago

What part of the 13 can spread it and further this never ending nightmare? Answer: all of them

Irish Ringer
Reply to  SwimMom
10 months ago

Why not quarantine the team and let them continue to train?

CU_2023
Reply to  SwimMom
10 months ago

Do like the Swedes. Let it run its course and get it over with. https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-sweden-infections-low-084931795.html

AAC Swim Fan
Reply to  Unicorns
10 months ago

With at least 13 swimmers currently infected you want to take precautions to avoid spreading it to the rest of the team. Even though the apparent symptoms are mild in young, healthy athletes we do not know the long term effects, or even the risk to athletic potential. Myocarditis is a REAL risk. I know of at least one ACC swimmer whose MRI showed cardiac inflammation after testing positive for Covid-19 prior to returning to school. Will this impact his performance or lead to long-term health problems? This is an unknown. Hence, protecting the kids from getting infected in the first place should be paramount in all the programs.

Last edited 10 months ago by AAC Swim Fan
Sanholo
Reply to  AAC Swim Fan
10 months ago

Is myocarditis a real risk though because you know of maybe one? I’d like to see some real data on this. Several MD’s on the frontline would disagree with your assertion.

HeadTimer
Reply to  Sanholo
10 months ago

It has been well documented in the media that a Penn State doctor has been researching it. It was the subject of an article here on 9/4.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  HeadTimer
10 months ago

That was almost immediately debunked and retracted. But herein lies another issue…throw out a “study”, get the clicks, and meh…who cares if it’s actually right or not. The retraction doesn’t get the same play.

Kate
Reply to  AAC Swim Fan
10 months ago

Myocarditis is relatively common with any viral or bacterial illness and usually resolves fully, especially in a young and otherwise-healthy athlete.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Kate
10 months ago

Myocarditis = FUD

Unicorns
Reply to  Unicorns
10 months ago

Exactly. Remember a couple months ago when people on this website were complaining about covid removing/suspending their swim programs… funny how things change now.

PhillyMark
Reply to  Unicorns
10 months ago

And we wonder why there are still over 1,000 deaths daily in America.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  PhillyMark
10 months ago

All you had to do was sample the related threads here. It was piles of ignorant crap. We were told it was nothing but the flu even though every fleck of common sense screamed otherwise. Trump knew in early February it was at least 5x as deadly as the flu. I continually ridiculed the morons here who were comparing to the flu. Everyone in their lives should have been ridiculing them. The fact that it didn’t happen allowed the ignorance to continue, translating to tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths.

This should now be beyond politics, after we heard Trump on tape describing how deadly this is. It needs to be about saving lives… Read more »

RUN-DMC
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
10 months ago

In the USA, less than 10,000 people have died of Covid-19 (as opposed to dying with Covid-19).
This disease, it could be argued, is actually less deadly than the flu.

If we followed your advice, no one would ever leave their house for any reason.

Maybe that’s what it means to live ‘down under’?

SwimMom
Reply to  RUN-DMC
10 months ago

By your same logic no one dies of cancer either. They die of pneumonia, multi-system organ failure, etc.

Blackflag82
Reply to  RUN-DMC
10 months ago

By your logic AIDS was never a big deal either…

Hank Monroe
Reply to  Blackflag82
10 months ago

I don’t recall anyone mandating a lockdown or that businesses shut down when AIDS first came on the scene. There was a recommendation to wear a jimmy hat, but no mandate.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Hank Monroe
10 months ago

My reply was in response to this whole of/with bs that some folks on this site like to argue. I know it’s hard for you Hank, but try to keep up

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Blackflag82
10 months ago

Hank handed it to you son, take that lump like a man.

SwimMom
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
10 months ago

Tougher on COVID than those who were not in power? Pretty easy to do. Almost 200,000 dead, pretty easy to see this was handled perfectly by not supporting basic science of masks and social distance. Yep. Nice job Trump. This could have been his shining moment and a path to victory, but here we are.

CU_2023
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
10 months ago

Why does this Dooger guy get to post all this nonsense?

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  CU_2023
10 months ago

Don’t mind Gary, he’s far left and passionate about that stuff.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
10 months ago

Dooger is a typical left winger making statements before the facts are even in:

Teachers have already died in 5 different states after schools were stupidly reopened too soon.”

Problem with that statement is there’s no proof it was a result of the teachers going back to school and getting it from their students. In fact these people contracted Covid-19 before school even started.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/media-reports-number-of-teachers-died-of-coronavirus-since-schools-reopened-no-evidence-they-contracted-it-while-at-school

Hank Monroe
Reply to  PhillyMark
10 months ago

I wonder why they riot everyday in Portland?

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  PhillyMark
10 months ago

Been between 300-1000 recently.

COACH CWICK
10 months ago

You can’t HOOT with the Owls and Fly with Eagles.

AAC Swim Fan
10 months ago

I’m not sure which ACC Championship meet you’re reporting on. Sam Roche was 53rd in the 50 Free at the 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Greensboro, NC (20.78).

Ferb
10 months ago

I don’t really think it’s accurate to saycities with the highest infection rates over the last 2 weeks…are almost entirely made up of ‘college towns.’” That is equating infection rates with positive tests. At the colleges that are recently back in session, every single person on campus is getting tested, some repeatedly. Of course they are going to have more positive test results than areas where the testing rate is much lower.

Rookie
Reply to  Ferb
10 months ago

Well, it’s a good thing Boston isn’t a big college town.

Stinky
Reply to  Rookie
10 months ago

I rate that comment an 11.

Jane Dressel's Vertical Leap
Reply to  Ferb
10 months ago

I wish that were true. It’s certainly not the case at my (large) university, which is testing maybe 15% of its student population.

Guerra
10 months ago

No big deal. Out of the 25,000 to 30,000 positive tests at college campuses, there have been zero hospitalizations. People under 50 years old have a better chance of dying by driving to school or work than dying of the China virus. Let them get back to practice and keep the Coronabro politics out of it.

Last edited 10 months ago by Guerra
AAC Swim Fan
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

Take your racist comments elsewhere.

Guerra
Reply to  AAC Swim Fan
10 months ago

There’s nothing racist about my comment. The virus came from and originated in the country of China. I’m just stating fact.

Swimmer A
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

Don’t play dumb

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  AAC Swim Fan
10 months ago

I can’t make a good argument, so I’m going to call your comments racist.

Clown Show
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

Swimmer A
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

Well I guess people over 50 can go screw themselves… also since you brought it up in Massachusetts you are 25 times more likely to die from Covid than a car accident.

CU_2023
Reply to  Swimmer A
10 months ago

Is it possible for a person to screw themselves? Doesn’t that take two?

Sam
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

wow, so much information about you in a few sentences. You can’t comprehend data, facts, you lie, you are a racist, etc. How do you remember to breathe?

Guerra
Reply to  Sam
10 months ago

I’m just stating fact. There are in fact zero hospitalizations from coronavirus on college campus that have been reported. It did come from and originate from China so it should be called the “China Virus”. You probably think it’s racist when someone goes into McDonalds and says, “May I order some French Fries?”

sscommentor
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

buddy, a college football player died of covid

Guerra
Reply to  sscommentor
10 months ago

Fake news from the Coronabro media.

Swimmom
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

I know for a FACT that there have been hospitalizations among college swimmers.

Old Swimmer
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

Do any colleges actually report hospitalization data for students? My own university reports cases in its hospital, but these can’t be student hospitalizations because prior to the end of August there were many more hospitalizations than student cases.

I don’t have an axe to grind, but I do have two roughly college-aged children. I would love to find some verification that there really are no hospitalizations as it would make me rest easier in case one of them actually gets infected.

fredgarvin
Reply to  PsychoDad
10 months ago

read article…it says “has died at the age of 20 of what was initially described as COVID-19 complications but was later said to be unconfirmed.”

CU_2023
Reply to  fredgarvin
10 months ago

You would think people would read the article before posting it in making a point. 🙂

Guerra
Reply to  PsychoDad
10 months ago

Fake news from Coronabro media.

DravenOP
Reply to  PsychoDad
10 months ago

“Unconfirmed”.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Yeah and all other colleges of course.

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