Michael Andrew, Michael Brinegar, Rhyan White Withdraw from SC Worlds

2021 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

A trio of American swimmers have returned home from the Short Course World Championships early. USA Swimming confirmed the news, but refused to share any details, as they have with other COVID-related withdrawals.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Michael Brinegar, Michael Andrew and Rhyan White have withdrawn from their final events at the FINA World Championships (25m) in Abu Dhabi, and will return home to the U.S,” the short statement from USA Swimming read.

A spokesperson in Abu Dhabi said that she could not share any other information.

This makes for 5 total American swimmers who have withdrawn from the meet for COVID-related reasons. The other two, Katie Grimes and Lydia Jacoby, were more specifically announced to have withdrawn “due to COVID-19 protocols.”

The lack of detail makes it hard to parse the difference between the Grimes and Jacoby decisions and the three new withdrawals on Sunday. It is believed that Grimes and Jacoby were pulled out for exposure and/or a positive test and will be required to isolate in Abu Dhabi for at least 7 days before returning home, whereas the other three voluntarily withdrew to avoid the same fate if they tested positive.

USA Swimming’s statement about Grimes and Jacoby did not mention returning home to the United States.

Indiana head coach Ray Looze confirmed that Brinnegar, who trains at Indiana, is returning home to avoid an infection that would result in a quarantine in Abu Dhabi. “It’s just not worth being stuck there for 10 days,” Looze said.

Brinnegar was scheduled to swim in the 1500 free, his only individual event, later in the meet. White dropped the 50 backstroke on Sunday, which meant no Americans swam the race. She won gold in the 200 back and silver as part of the 200 medley relay earlier in the meet, and was likely going to swim a leg of the American 400 medley relay on Tuesday.

Andrew skipped prelims of the 50 fly on Sunday, and without him, USA Swimming missed the medals in the 200 free relay in finals. He had not been swimming near his best times to this point of the meet.

Andrew, who was infected with COVID-19 earlier this year, wasn’t vaccinated at the Olympics. He said in his most recent vlog post that he is still unvaccinated.

A number of British swimmers have withdrawn from the meet too, and anecdotally, it appears that COVID-19 fears have begun to spread throughout the meet, which could lead to more absences over the final 2 days of competition. Some coaches and athletes are pondering, or have decided to, withdraw from the event early to avoid getting a positive test and having to quarantine in Abu Dhabi. This has left countries scrambling to fill relays – the British men scratched both of theirs on Sunday.

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Stoked 2 b vaccinated
1 month ago

MA said he is still unvaccinated in his most recent blog… also if you look through his recent likes on twitter he has some pretty terrifying views on Covid safety

Last edited 1 month ago by Stoked 2 b vaccinated
Tomek
Reply to  Stoked 2 b vaccinated
1 month ago

It must not be very hard to terrify you then

Stoked 2 b vaccinated
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

If you think Covid is nbd then why don’t you go volunteer in the overcrowded emergency rooms or ICU units.

I’ve had relatives die from Covid and it is no joke

Greg Peters
Reply to  Stoked 2 b vaccinated
1 month ago

Your relatives should have taken the vaccine then.

Ghost
Reply to  Greg Peters
1 month ago

Ignorant reply!

Anonymous
Reply to  Greg Peters
1 month ago

Many people died before there was a vaccine or proper therapy.

Stoked 2 b vaccinated
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

Thank you. My relatives who died from Covid passed before vaccines were available to them (March 2020 and Jan 2021).

PhillyMark
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

More Americans died in 2021 than 2020 from covid

Ghost
Reply to  PhillyMark
1 month ago

And a majority were unvaxed

HJones
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Even more people were unvaxxed in 2020 than in 2021. Not sure that really proves your point.

Last edited 1 month ago by HJones
anonymous
Reply to  PhillyMark
1 month ago

The Delta variant is particularly brutal.

justanopinion
Reply to  Greg Peters
1 month ago

If Stoked did lose relatives to Covid, this is a completely foul post. If you had any maturity, you would delete it. Better still, hopefully SS deletes it for you.

Stoked 2 b vaccinated
Reply to  justanopinion
1 month ago

I did lose two relatives to Covid before they were able to get vaccinated. How is the truth a foul post?

Sprint Guy
Reply to  Stoked 2 b vaccinated
1 month ago

Dude, you really just have to learn how to read lmao, he literally is defending you not speaking to you. If I can’t even trust you to read correctly how can I trust anything you have to say about the vax?

Anonymous
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

False equivalence. Misunderstanding one thing does not mean stoked misunderstands other things.

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

Betcha this dude thinks you need to wear 4 masks, have your 8th booster by now, and have no contact with anyone at all to be “covid safe”.

Stoked 2 b vaccinated
Reply to  Mr. Pack
1 month ago

Not even close – just one booster and one mask 😺

DP Spellman
Reply to  Mr. Pack
1 month ago

Betcha he doesn’t and he might understand science and facts and vaccines better than you or Tomek.

Mr. Pack
Reply to  DP Spellman
1 month ago

Prove it then, Mr. DP Spellman. Prove to me that he knows “science and facts” better than me. Come on.

Stoked 2 b vaccinated
Reply to  Mr. Pack
1 month ago

I’m a doctor with 3 degrees 🥳🥳🥳

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Stoked 2 b vaccinated
1 month ago

Great! So you’re inline with me! Still doesn’t prove anything though. Sorry.

Sprint Guy
Reply to  Stoked 2 b vaccinated
1 month ago

A doctor with three degrees but you still can’t read? I either call cap, or you are definitely not a good doctor

anonymous
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

Chill they simply made a mistake in who the comment was addressed to. Happens.

Stoked 2 b vaccinated
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

Read the comment before coffee! 😴

Anonymous
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

False equivalence. Misunderstanding one thing does not mean stoked misunderstands other things.

DP Spellman
Reply to  Mr. Pack
1 month ago

Double or nothing?

Tomek
Reply to  DP Spellman
1 month ago

Not quite sure what is your problem, I did not discuss “science and facts” in my post. I did read some of Andrew posts and I did not find something “terrifying” in them. He emphasized he is not totally against vaccines but he had a COVID and therefore he developed natural immunity. The combination of natural immunity and vaccine is the most effective known COVID defense but I respect his choice.

DP Spellman
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

MA’s actions and vlogs show his attitude. He also is speaking out of both sides of his mouth in press events and recent interviews since he contracted Covid19.

DP Spellman
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

I have ZERO respect for MA’s “choice”. It’s ridiculous on a few levels.
*My wife and daughters work in healthcare and two of my brothers are doctors. All of them are seeing firsthand at work daily the problems with those who are unvaccinated.

DP Spellman
Reply to  Stoked 2 b vaccinated
1 month ago

MA’s comments and attitude towards vaccines are foolish.

anonymous
Reply to  DP Spellman
1 month ago

A lot of 22 yr olds have been “foolish” about Covid.

DP Spellman
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

Agree

Troyy
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

More to do with his politics than his age.

Pez
1 month ago

probably because those 3 are unvaccinated

avidreader
Reply to  Pez
1 month ago

Anybody else wonder if “OWCoach” from yesterday’s comment section who was advocating for sending Jacoby and Grimes home on airplanes with infections is Brinegar’s mom?

She’s a swim coach.

“Family is on the other side of the country.”

I mean…that adds a big layer of “WTF” to those comments right?

avidreader
Reply to  avidreader
1 month ago

Commenter was also advocating for sending athletes home before positive tests.

simpyvonsimp
Reply to  avidreader
1 month ago

probably is.

IUfan
Reply to  Pez
1 month ago

Indiana University requires the vaccine for enrollment. There are some ways around that but that represents a very small population. No reason to assume the other two aren’t vaccinated.

Anonymous
Reply to  IUfan
1 month ago

Cody vlog says IU only has one swimmer per lane now and team is split up between 2 practices in am and 2 in pm.

IUfan
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, the IU swim team has a couple swimmers currently quarantining. Omicron is spreading like a wildfire. Don’t blame any of these swimmers for not wanting to be stuck in quarantine in a foreign country.

Ghost
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

That is what Cal men had to do last year when they got back in their pools. Sucks for coaches

HoosierEli
Reply to  Pez
1 month ago

Brinegar is fully vaccinated

Anonymous
Reply to  HoosierEli
1 month ago

Doesn’t IU and Universities require vaccination to attend.

swimmer
Reply to  Pez
1 month ago

MA is obviously not, but who said Michael Brinegar and Rhyan White aren’t vaccinated either??

Katie
Reply to  Pez
1 month ago

White is unvaccinated? I’m surprised. Where/how has she indicated that?

FSt
Reply to  Pez
1 month ago

With freedom comes responsbility. If you refuse to act responsibly during a pandemic that’s been terrorizing the entire world for two years now, then you don’t get the freedom to travel all around the world to splash about in a pool.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

white and andrew were prob asked to withdraw because they are unvaxxed

Greg Peters
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

White isn’t unvaxxed.

UA swim fan
Reply to  Greg Peters
1 month ago

She is unvaccinated not really sure why that matters or not. Everyone is getting it anyways.

ACC
Reply to  UA swim fan
1 month ago

Being vaccinated still reduces the severity and viral load, making you less likely to spread it. So it does still matter.

anonymous
Reply to  ACC
1 month ago

Dr Scott Gottlieb said this morning that being vaccinated or having had Covid is blunting the severity of the Omicron variant. So good news.

HJones
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

Source that White isn’t vaxxed?

Last edited 1 month ago by HJones
Hank
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

Speculation. The virus is breaking thru the vaccine with regularity. Why risk quarantining 10 days in Abu Dhabi if your meet is basically over anyway?

Bailey
1 month ago

Andrew on his latest vlog said he isn’t vaccinated and isn’t planning on getting on it. Also responded to a comment on the video saying he isn’t an antivaxer

Crown
Reply to  Bailey
1 month ago

But like fr if you don’t have the vax you’re anti vax at this point right like say it with your chest 😂

Anonymous
Reply to  Crown
1 month ago

No he said at Olympic training camp he is not against the vaccine. In fact he understood why older people would get it. He did not think he needed it because he had already had Covid and he was worried about severe side effects in his age group. Perhaps this experience will change his mind.

Sprint Guy
Reply to  Crown
1 month ago

Please explain how having all other vaccines that have been proven effective for decades but refusing a vaccine that has been around for barely 1% of the time the others have been makes people anti vax.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

If everyone thought this way, how would we ever get data on those “proven” vaccines from 100 years ago? (Given you said this one has been around for barely 1% of the time, I’m just extrapolating that math.)

Sprint Guy
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

2 things, 1) you didn’t explain how that position makes someone anti vax, so cudos to you for deflecting the question. And 2) you’re right, we wouldn’t have any data. But that’s not how the world works, that’s just a “what if” statement. Not reality. People think differently, act differently, and have different opinions when it comes to a subject. Live in the real world please, not your land of “what ifs”. Most of the people refusing the vaccine are only refusing if bc they are unsure of the long term effects of it. Data will come out and sway peoples opinions. Unless the data comes out to confirm our worries. But we won’t know until it comes out.

Anonymous
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

If you get Covid are you going to refuse treatment like the new monoclonal antibodies that work because they haven’t been around for a long time.

Sprint Guy
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

Again, 2 things, 1) had Covid, only needed two days rest, my anti bodies are good enough. 2) there’s a lot more reasons for refusing the vaccine than just time but i had only brought up that reason bc that’s what we have been speaking about the entire thread

anonymous
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

If you get a new variant of Covid that you haven’t had and you get really sick and in the ICU heading toward going on the ventilator are you going to reject taking the new monoclonal antibodies that are effective against Covid because the drug is new and has no long term studies.

avidreader
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

They will not. From listening to doctors, everyone’s opinion on “new drugs” changes real quick when they jam that plastic vent tube down your throat.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

If you refuse to get a Covid vaccine, you do not understand how vaccines work and are yes, anti-vax.

The polio vaccine literally gave a bunch of kids polio – look it up – but we still eradicated that disease because people absolutely flocked to get it as soon as they could.

(Also! You referred your question to “Crown” not me, so like…I wasn’t deflecting, man. I was asking you something. Which you answered with all that gobbledygook in your second point, so. You love to see it!!)

Here’s a pointed question – what are your specific worries about our current Covid vaccines?

Luigi
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

So, you are refusing it because of a hypothetical long term effect while a virus circulates around you with very actual short term and long term effects.

Sam B
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

You are incredibly ignorant, other than the RNA vaccines, the available vaccines are decades old, like flu vaccines that are tweaked for covid, so none of your arguments hold.

Last edited 1 month ago by Sam B
Anonymous
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

It doesn’t make them antivax but let’s remember that this vaccine has now been given all over the world and has proven it’s benefit and safety.

Sprint Guy
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

Proven its benefit and safety in the short term since it’s only been available for a year or less. But regardless thank you for answering my question and not deflecting

Anonymous
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

The vaccine itself doesn’t stay in your body right. In simple terms it teaches your immune system to have an immediate response to the virus if you are exposed to it. It is made like all modern vaccines. It is going to be a yearly vaccine and probably available combined with flu vaccine or separate if a person doesn’t want flu vaccine. So I would not to worry that there will be some long term mystery side effect.

Sprint Guy
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

No I understand how it works, but thank you for the explanation. But I still will most likely not get it for a while because like many people who actually DO get the vaccine say “better safe than sorry”

Anonymous
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

Isn’t it better safe than dead.

Stoked 2 b vaccinated
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

Can’t be sorry if you’re dead ☠️

anonymous
Reply to  Stoked 2 b vaccinated
1 month ago

Better sorta safe that sorry to dead

Ghost
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

The science for these new vaccines were about 15 years in the making! They didn’t just start this vaccine in jan 2020!

Beverly Drangus
Reply to  Sprint Guy
1 month ago

Against (“anti-“) getting it, and it’s a vaccine (“vax”) = anti-vax. Is it more complicated than that?

Marcelo
Reply to  Bailey
1 month ago

So i guess he isnt gonna compete anymore ?
Life is getting harder and more complicated for the unvaxed.

Taa
1 month ago

Oooops I guess covid is still a thing. Here comes omnicrom run for your lives. They shouldn’t bail on their relay teammates. Fina should go to timed finals now

Anonymous
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

The splits on the relay were about as good as it would have been. Also we don’t know the whole story about why they left.

Captain Ahab
1 month ago

None of the Chinese swimmers tested positive?

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Captain Ahab
1 month ago

china has had covid under control for over a year now

Tomek
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

And your statement is backed by a data provided by CCP?

.-.
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

I don’t know anyone who had or has covid and I live in China

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

LOL. OK bud, sure. I have a bridge to sell you as well. Clown show.

Snarky
1 month ago

Time for vaccine mandates by USAs. If you want to go to an international competition get a damned vaccine.

Katie
Reply to  Snarky
1 month ago

USOPC is requiring them for anything under their auspices, including entry to USOPTCs, Pan Ams, and the Olympics.

Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
1 month ago

He said in his recent YouTube vlog that he has not been vaccinated and has no plans to be. FYI.

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