The Ivy League has just announced that they will be cancelling all sporting events that are currently scheduled for the spring of 2020. The NCAA Division I conference, made up of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale came to a unanimous decision made by the presidents of each school.
The swim season for some Ivy League schools wrapped up last month with the women’s and men’s conference championship meets. But with women’s NCAAs next week and men’s NCAAs a week after that, it’s now up to individual schools whether they will compete or not. Harvard specifically noted that it will “cancel all winter postseason play,” which means Harvard swimmers and divers will not compete at NCAAs.
- Mikaela Dahlke, senior
- Felicia Pasadyn, freshman
- Jaycee Yegher, junior
- Elizabeth Miclau, freshman (diver)
- Georgina Milne, junior (diver)
- Esther Lawrence, sophomore (diver)
- William Grant, freshman
- Umitcan Gures, sophomore
- Jacob Johnson, sophomore
- Michael Zarian, junior
Other Ivy League schools with swimmers invited include Columbia (Albert Gwo), Penn (Catherine Buroker) and Princeton (Ellie Marquardt, Raunak Khosla). Diving invites are also now set, and the Ivy League was also set to qualify divers from Princeton (Mimi Lin, Charlie Minns, Colten Young), Dartmouth (Justin Sodokoff), Cornell (Brett Hebert), and Yale (Christian DeVol). There has been no official word on whether those schools will attend NCAAs.
Update: Princeton’s coaching staff says they will still attend NCAAs for both men and women.
Update: A Cornell spokesperson says they are also still set to compete, as of now. That leaves Columbia, Penn, Dartmouth, and Yale still up in the air.
This decision builds on Tuesday’s call to cancel both the men’s and women’s four-team basketball tournaments. The tournaments were set to be held at Harvard’s Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a result, the Princeton women and Yale men have been given the conferences NCAA bids, based on regular season results.
Also cancelled were the men’s and women’s hockey tournaments that were scheduled for this weekend.
Robin Harris, Executive Director of the Ivy League said of the situation “Regrettably, the information and recommendations presented to us from public health authorities and medical professionals have convinced us that this is the most prudent decision”
The Ivy League is based out of the Eastern United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, here are the number of reported cases in each state housing an Ivy League school:
- New York (Columbia, Cornell): 173
- Massachusetts (Harvard): 91
- New Jersey (Princeton): 15
- Pennsylvania (Penn): 12
- Connecticut (Yale): 1 to 5
- Rhode Island (Brown): 1 to 5
- New Hampshire (Dartmouth): 1 to 5