Connecticut Swimming LSC Cancels All 2020 Long Course Season Meets

Connecticut Swimming has cancelled all of its meets scheduled for the 2020 long course season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An emergency Board of Directors meeting took place on Tuesday night to discuss the LC season schedule, and the Board unanimously voted for a mass cancellation.

Wesleyan University, which hosts several meets in Connecticut, has cancelled all campus events through September 1.

In a letter sent from the LSC, the organization goes on to say: “We are hopeful that our swimmers will be able to get back in the water later this spring. Additionally, conversation is already taking place on what alternatives can be set up so that the possibility of virtual meets, times trials and other ‘outside the box’ ideas can be formulated for our swimmers.”

It also acknowledges that when they’re given the green light to reopen facilities, it will be “with baby steps.”

“Practice structure, number of people on deck, number of swimmers in a lane, locker room usage, facility policies, etc. will be altered in order to get teams and businesses back up and going.”

The LSC says it will continue to meet on a regular basis in order to do everything it can to take care of its swimmers.

This is the first LSC to our knowledge that has cancelled its originally published 2020 long course meet schedule.

Read the full letter sent from Connecticut Swimming here.

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Bailey
1 year ago

Wow

JohnJ
1 year ago

Seems premature.

hmm
Reply to  JohnJ
1 year ago

To be fair, they’re just canceling the existing schedule. There were meets scheduled in the coming weeks that obviously were not going to happen. I think it’s easier to cancel now and then add meets if necessary than to keep pushing back the date of when competition will begin again

Stay Safe
Reply to  hmm
1 year ago

Correct. Some of the main competition facilities have told us they are not opening until at least September. There is no way CT can run the schedule of meets that is currently presented to its members. CT Swimming is already looking into way to have competitions for their athletes but in different ways, different venues, etc. It was definitely not a knee jerk reaction.

coachofficialmi
1 year ago

USA Swim already said no meets until every LSC (or vast majority) is in the water again. Earliest of that is mid-May. If they open at that time, practices aren’t going to be large groups. Pools are shutting down for the Summer. All sectionals are being moved to August. The Summer Swimming Champ Meet is going to be cancelled since there is no Trials, and not cancelling that meet would result in a massive meet.

Probably just a matter of time till more (or USA Swim) cancels. Could be premature, or could be a way of not kicking the can down the road. That being said, it says teams can hold small time trials, intersquad, or other types. They just… Read more »

Have SOME patience
1 year ago

I don’t think any one should make any decisions about the entire LC season anywhere (even in the New York region) until Memorial Day UNLESS there is major money on the line in terms of contracted venues etc. I understand that. There is just too much radically changing data at every level (access to testing (all kinds), treatments, #of cases – blah blah blah- WE JUST DON’T KNOW ENOUGH and technology (federal tech, university tech, corporate tech, are moving at lightening speed with success and failures but still they’re on it )- too many, far too many, wrongheaded predictions about the immediate and long term future (a few correct) – I am not against baby steps but still its too… Read more »

dmswim
Reply to  Have SOME patience
1 year ago

I think Memorial Day is a bit late. If you have a meet scheduled in June that athletes need to travel to (book hotels, etc.), they need to know more than two weeks ahead of time.

Have SOME patience
Reply to  dmswim
1 year ago

DMSWIM, yes you are right – for June meets Memorial Day is far too late. I meant it is too early right now to cancel the LC season – ALL summer meets through the end of August.

Arsenio Bustos
1 year ago

😫😫😫

C T
1 year ago

Wesleyan University, which hosts numerous meets in CT, had canceled all events on campus till Sept 1

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
1 year ago

Premature, panic reaction in my view. Listen to the experts, rely on facts and wait for guidelines.

PonyPunch
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
1 year ago

Or make the reasonable and practical decision that If more than half of your meet facilities are already closed for the summer, then the LSC should cancel all of their events for now. Or go your route and ignore the facts as well as reality and get on your soapbox and judge away.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  PonyPunch
1 year ago

“Listen to the experts, rely on facts and wait for guidelines.” Not sure how that equates to ignoring the facts?

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 year ago

I wonder how much their decision is based on facts, and how much on speculations, predications, models or even fear. What they are doing is NOT proactive, but counterproductive. I know for fact many LSCs and teams are proactively working with medical professionals to develop strategies, protocols and guidelines for re-opening of pools and holding meets. I have seen drafts and must say they are professionally done and very encouraging.

Stay safe
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
1 year ago

The decision was based on fact. CT Swimming meet venues are telling us we cannot get in until September (at least). The season was cancelled as origianlly posted since venues have closed. If CT Swimming finds as time goes some venues will open and meets can happen then they will. The reality is no matter what happens there will be different guidelines for ALL meets if they happen this LC season. Hence cancelling the originally proposed season. My swimmers at this point just want to practice. Meets are the furtherest thing from their minds. President said camps and youth sports fall under phase three of his plan to reopen the country. Phase one does not begin until there are two… Read more »

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 year ago

I don’t think any real meets will happen this summer. It doesn’t seem like people will be back in pools practicing until at least June. At that point, there isn’t enough time to get back into racing shape. Maybe there can be time trials or intrasquads in late August.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 year ago

What about for those that have opened up earlier and trying to re-coup financial losses? Meets in some cases are a very good way to do that. If there’s a possibility that’s allowed, why should we stop those from being able to do so?

Stay safe
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
1 year ago

If they can it will be allowed. The scheduled as originally posted was cancelled. No one is saying other things cannot happen if their venue opens.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Stay safe
1 year ago

My comment was more of an over-arching theme with USA Swimming. If they keep pushing back this “we will not sanction meets until X amount of LSC’s open up”, that seems to lend itself to some easy lawsuits if those that are open can show they can run one (and make money for it) properly.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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