The University of North Carolina has postponed its dual meet scheduled for Friday, January 14 due to “COVID-related protocols within the UNC swimming and diving program.”
The makeup date has not been announced, though timelines are growing tighter with the ACC Championships scheduled to begin February 15-19.
Orange County, North Carolina, where the University of North Carolina is located, has reported 180 new daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population over the last week. That’s a 579% change over two weeks ago.
The school resumed classes on Tuesday, January 10, and required all unvaccinated students and all students living on campus to test prior to their return to campus. In January, so far, the school has reported 956 positive tests among students and 179 among employees.
The Tar Heels are trying to avoid a repeat of last year, where COVID-19 issues within the women’s team resulted in only 14 athletes participating at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships. That resulted in an 8th place finish, which was the lowest in program history.
UNC has remaining regular season meets against Virginia on January 21, Duke on 28, and the Texas women only on January 29. NC State has scheduled meets against Duke on January 15, Virginia on January 22, the Texas women on January 28, and the UNCW men on January 29. Crowded schedules will make it challenging to fit in a makeup meet, though the two campuses are only 30 minutes apart.
The NC State men are ranked #4 in the latest SwimSwam Power Rankings, while on the women’s side, NC State is ranked #3 and North Carolina is ranked #19.
Other meets this coming weekend that have been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns:
- #1m/#4w Texas vs. #11m/#11w Ohio State vs. NRm/#13w Kentucky
- #21m/NRw LSU versus #19m/HMw Florida State
- Pitt versus Denison
- UIC versus Southern Illinois (UIC added a meet against Valparaiso)