The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has postponed two of its championship meets scheduled for this week after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Nicole passed through the state this week. The FHSAA said the decision was made “in conjunction with the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, Sailfish Splash Park, and Martin County.”
The 1A and 2A State Championship meets, for the state’s smallest high schools, mostly private and charter schools were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, respectively.
In Florida, Class 1A schools have enrollments between 79 and 961, while Class 2A schools have enrollments between 962 and 1,666 students.
Both meets are scheduled for the Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics center in Stuart in the Southeastern part of the state.
Nicole made landfall early Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane in Vero Beach, about 30 miles north of Stuart. Shortly after landfall, it weakened to a tropical storm, but continued to cause damage throughout the state that is still recovering from Category 4 Hurricane Ian six weeks ago. The venue is outdoors.
Two deaths have been reported in the state so far as a result of Nicole. Two people in Orange County were electrocuted by a downed power line.
Gulliver Prep and Bishop Kenney are the defending 2A Champions in girls’ and boys’ swimming, respectively.
The 3A and 4A Championships, for the state’s biggest high schools, were held in Stuart last week.
Other Florida High School championship events have been impacted as well. Some of the state’s golf championships have been postponed, while championship series competition in football and volleyball are also being impacted, depending on the location.