Club Championship Meets Dropping Amid Coronavirus-Related Closures & Mandates

Pacific Swimming, Potomac Valley Swimming and the New England Region YMCA are among the authorities to cancel age group championship meets Tuesday due to coronavirus-related closures and mandates.

Pacific Swimming Junior Olympics

Pacific Swimming canceled its upcoming Junior Olympic Championships at the Santa Clara Swim Club after Santa Clara County issued a mandate barring gatherings of 1,000 or more people Monday night.

Potomac Valley Swimming Junior Olympics

Potomac Valley Swimming announced Tuesday it would cancel its upcoming JO meet Mafter the host, the University of Maryland, canceled all campus events through April 5.

“It is too early to know if the meet can be rescheduled at a later date,” PVS chair Tim Husson wrote in the announcement.

New England Swimming YMCA Championships

The 2020 New England YMCA Swimming Championship was also canceled as of Tuesday due to host school MIT’s ban on events bringing more than 150 people to campus.

“We asked for an exemption for our event, but the University said they are remaining firm on the policy,” the New England announcement said.

Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics Back On

Initially forced to cancel after the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center closed their doors, Southern California Swimming has found a new host for their Junior Olympics in Mission Viejo. Most pools in Southern California are outdoors, including the Marguerite Aquatic Center, which in theory should reduce the rate of spread of the virus. Read more here.

Ohio Swimming Junior Olympics Postponed

Ohio Swimming posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday that the Ohio Junior Olympics are being postponed, but that the LSC is “actively working on an alternative meet option in the future.” The meet was scheduled from March 13th-15th at Ohio State University. This follows several other adjustments to events in Ohio, including closing the MAC basketball championships to spectators and limiting spectators at Ohio High School sporting events.–ewkHQ8UhThZjT96ZVMggpTcdObWcUcHdrY1xiP4CfemkKwSBJLtMJhEa5abmqRrclETp5ZRzUgKquk2BqLmlBSjm9heFGg2yFxr-aJ1Isrd8eH5Cpmo1lFG3pZpygnHC7Nym50xRpzOvsnyfbhikKXNZw7Yrndyc-r03bgM9XOFiqLDrFgGcsCfKC_EpLAm1e57IF8UylFekviTkLvZop81TBUsvoGzYiujW1HWnWtlGpL2Cv4BIZz5ir_grqN8-EGMna0ay9YPDJiQmAO7ZFDzbiUsOv53QBaOqo3oR93tLDcI2VnilWPM25Q&__tn__=-R

SwimSwam will continue to update this article with announced meet cancelations. 

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Jersey Swimming
1 year ago

NJ Swimming cancelled JOs today as well, was scheduled to be held at Rutgers University. Talk is it may be rescheduled in April – we’ll see. And NJ YMCA Senior States is moving from Franklin & Marshall to the Ocean County Y (site of the 12/under state meet). That meet is scheduled to start Thursday.

Reply to  Jersey Swimming
1 year ago

Just an update. Illinois swimming state chamionchip (age group) has officially been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. According to last update, there will be no agegoup state this season.

1 year ago


Reply to  Parent
1 year ago

The United States will be worse than Italy by the end of March, hosting any public gatherings is wildly irresponsible. Good on these lsc’s for doing this

1 year ago

Living in fear.

Reply to  Snarky
1 year ago

You should seriously consider doing some research into what is happening in other countries like Italy. They are literally beyond capacity in their hospitals, this is the responsible decision. The US will be worse than Italy by the end of the month if not sooner.

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