NCAA Cancels Remaining Winter and Spring Champs; DII Swim & Dive Ends Midway

In a move that was looking inevitable as word of major conference basketball tournament cancellations flowed in throughout the week, the NCAA has canceled all remaining championship events for the school year, it announced Thursday.

‘The decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decision by other entities.”

The 2020 Division I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships were scheduled to begin March 18 for women and March 25 for men; Division II was set to start on the 18th as well. Division II’s event began Wednesday, March 11, and ended with the announcement on Thursday.

The scoreboard at DII NCAAs read “The Championships have been canceled. Please visit NCAA.com for more information.” Photo credit: Ryan Kauth

Wednesday, the NCAA announced that it would bar spectators – excluding athletes’ families – from championship events. The progression to canceling the events entirely mirrors the response of the National Basketball Association, which briefly just barred fans from attending games in-person before suspending the season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert test positive for COVID-19 Wednesday night.

After the NBA’s unprecedented announcement, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League followed suit. While conference championship season in swimming concluded last week, major basketball tournaments were ongoing – but the Ivy League pulled the plug on its tournament and all spring athletics Wednesday, with conferences including the Pac-12, Big East and ACC doing the same Thursday.

It was generally the case that it was up to individual schools to decide whether they would allow athletes to travel for winter sports postseason events, but the ACC issued a blanket ban for its athletes earlier on Thursday.

The announcement will surely conjure debate as to how student-athletes’ eligibility will be affected, which remains to be seen.

Update: The CSCAA’s National Invitational Championship (NIC) meet has just confirmed that it will swim tonight’s finals session, then end the meet.

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SwammerTX
1 year ago

wow. One dumb athlete ruins everything for seniors across all sports

Swimdude
Reply to  SwammerTX
1 year ago

Yeah dude, how dare you getting sick? You selfish &$!?#@× !!

Swimmer
Reply to  SwammerTX
1 year ago

This was inevitable regardless of Gobert

Coachguy
Reply to  SwammerTX
1 year ago

Try to show a little compassion for the thousands effected by this virus. Many people have it worse

Collegeathelete
Reply to  Coachguy
1 year ago

Try and show some compassion for the senior that swam their last collegiate meet that wasn’t in front of family and friends. Or the softball and baseball seniors that played their last game Tuesday night or the senior wrestler that worked 4 years to make it to NCAA to have it ripped away 24 hours after being told he’ll just wrestle in front of mom and dad.

NCAA is about sports. This is a sports article.

Joejoe
Reply to  Collegeathelete
1 year ago

Thank you!!!! My senior son finally made it!! 😭😭

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Collegeathelete
1 year ago

Well, the affected athletes are lucky they weren’t a college student during WWII or Vietnam and had their butt drafted and shipped to a war zone to likely get mamed or die. Didn’t hear them crying about missing a swim meet, ffs. Or say how about the athletes in Syria, to take just one recent example. “to have it ripped away.” This is the most white privileged crap I’ve ever heard.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Or Mohammed A ‘ll who refused to go & got his sports accomplishments if not ripped off him then Socially Distanced from them.

Joejoe
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Awww geez whataboutism at its’ finest. We’re not allowed to be sad for these hard-working, dedicated young students who have the pinnacle of all their years of practice disappear in one day? Some of them while at their big meet; really the most important one of many of their lives? Has nothing to do with white privledge. There are a lot more than rich white kids sad today. Give them a few days to realize some of their biggest dreams have just been dashed before bringing up 60 year old history. Maybe have a dash of compassion.

Paul P.
Reply to  Collegeathelete
1 year ago

The NCAA should extend eligibility by a year to those who want it. Period!

Coachguy
Reply to  Collegeathelete
1 year ago

As a former athlete I get it, and I’m sorry for all the athletes as well. It’s not fair to have your career end that way and it absolutely sucks. I hope they find a way to make it right. But, Saving lives is more important than any championship

Snarky
Reply to  SwammerTX
1 year ago

Im sure he really wanted to contract the virus. When you see a virus please call me.

Pags
Reply to  Snarky
1 year ago

“Im sure he really wanted to contract the virus.”

Maybe not, but he mocked the concern by touching all the microphones in a press conference on Monday.

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/rudy-gobert-touched-every-microphone-at-jazz-media-availability-monday-now-reportedly-has-coronavirus/

Fluidg
Reply to  SwammerTX
1 year ago

Mass graves will change your small mind.

Winston
Reply to  Fluidg
1 year ago

Tell us that you’ve stopped driving in a car too.

Tea rex
Reply to  SwammerTX
1 year ago

Based on the demographic impact of this disease, even if every swimmer at NCAAs was infected, there would likely be no deaths. Initial death rates estimated from China for 20-year-olds are under 1/1,000. Many wouldn’t even know they contracted it. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2020/3/5/21165973/coronavirus-death-rate-explained

On the other hand, their families and communities back home would not be so lucky. This is the price we pay for not investing in a public health system prepared to deal with large numbers of sick people.

Man of Steel
Reply to  Tea rex
1 year ago

Just because they wouldn’t die doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t feel it. It’s much worse than the flu and causes some lung problems too.

Swim mom
Reply to  Tea rex
1 year ago

Don’t forget about coaches and officials that are much older!

PhillyMark
1 year ago

Dean must’ve known

AJW
1 year ago

So… cal-Texas dual meet?

Regan stan
Reply to  AJW
1 year ago

It wouldn’t even be close

Bearly Breathing
Reply to  AJW
1 year ago

As a Cal fan I’d love to see it, but I’ll bet next week’s paycheck it’s not going to happen. At a time when the rest of the sports world is shutting down despite this meaning billions in monetary losses, no sane AD or college president would incur the liability of hosting an indoor athletic event. If just one person attending gets sick down the line, it’s opening them up to any number of lawsuits.

spectatorn
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

but let’s see what Eddie comes up with for his guys! It is not as exciting as NCAA… but fast swim is fast swim! Wonder if Cal will do something for the guys and gals… at least Cal’s are outdoor pools.

Keeping eyes open for surprises at OT because now we have one less data point to see who may come up the rank.

Bearly Breathing
Reply to  spectatorn
1 year ago

As long as it isnt done using the same stopwatch that used to time Joe Schooling in practice, yeah go for it.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Aaah the old shoot the pellet rifle at the touchpad with water soluble pellets trick before the swimmers hand hits the pad

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  spectatorn
1 year ago

We did a postal meet once in college when other team couldn’t make due to snow. Faxed results to each other bot something like that

gator
1 year ago

gut punch, and no taper for you………suck it up and push for Trials!!

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  gator
1 year ago

Trials for what? Tokyo will be vacant

Swimgl
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

All will be clear for the Olympics…

Theswammer
Reply to  Swimgl
1 year ago

Everyone also thought there’d be no way NCAA championships would be cancelled. Don’t underestimate a virus that literally every single country is handling differently.

spectatorn
Reply to  Theswammer
1 year ago

but everyone trained for NCAA until it is cancelled. Same for OT that is a little over 3 months away

Fluidg
Reply to  Swimgl
1 year ago

You’re either dreaming or uninformed. There’s no way the Olympics are happening this year. We’re only in the early stages of a very long event–many months, maybe even more than a year, not days or weeks. It’s heartbreaking now, but once we go through what’s coming, cancelled sports will be an insignificant footnote. Our world is being reshaped by this pandemic in ways we can’t even imagine.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Fluidg
1 year ago

Agree. Current prediction (from the White House’s own doctor to congress) is 75 – 150 million (up to 50% of the U.S. population) gets it. Currently, a 2.7 % death rate, which will only go up as resources (ventilators, ICU beds) are stretched beyond capacity. That’s a sh*t-ton of dead people. It’s looking increasingly likely that being a resident of or having traveled to the U.S. will be the highest risk group, since we’re so late to the game, replacing the current high-risk travel spots. Doubt U.S. residents will even be allowed into Japan.

Went to school for a medical degree
Reply to  Fluidg
1 year ago

Umm well that’s not necessarily true. According to Farrs Law the virus will spread quickly but then will taper off. So saying it’ll be months is kinda crazy. Maybe you are just dreaming or you’re just uninformed

Ol' Longhorn

It’s been 4 months since it was first detected in China. And they’re doing great right now, right? And they have much more production capacity than we have, in the U.S., and much more ability to lockdown their society. So I’m sure everything will just be rosy worldwide in a few months. And it’s Farr’s Law of Epidemics, not pandemics, and it’s never been analyzed in a pandemic. Wait til you have a few more years in medicine and science before you think others are uninformed.

Aquaman
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Actually self isolation( barring 3 mo long or longer variety) won’t affect total deaths or infection risk. Possibly more will get the virus with containment measures. However fewer will die as resources will be available with a steady stream of illness vs a short spike. Once the percentage of the population who has already had the disease reaches a sufficient level – 30%? then the disease can be left to its own devices barring the unlikely hope of an imminent treatment. Unless a vaccine or antiviral is developed the spread can only be slowed not stopped. Strangely our current lousy preparedness will kill more but shorten the epidemic duration

itsyaboi
1 year ago

website crashed for me… and reloaded it to find this. no words. what a crazy world.

Coronavirus sucks
1 year ago

Seniors of championships sports that haven’t happened yet (including swimming) should get another year of eligibility. The poor swimmers who qualified for NCAAs for the first time this year can’t just never get to go?? This sucks.

Swim3057
Reply to  Coronavirus sucks
1 year ago

The biggest issue regarding a blanket waiver for additional eligibility is going to be also needing to address athletics scholarship dollars that have already been reallocated from seniors to incoming student athletes as most programs would be over the limit. It’s an association wide problem that affects all sports – especially with spring sports entirely wiped out. It’s not as easy as saying anyone affected can get another year of eligibility.

Questionable
Reply to  Swim3057
1 year ago

Im sure the great non profit NCAA can allow a single class an extra year of eligibility and scholarship on them. Do it like medical DQs where the school and athletics department isnt affected and have all their scholarships while the NCAA foots the bill.

If they really care about athletes, they would do this seeing as many may be trying to go pro (not necessarily in swimming) and havent gotten to show off what they can do because of championship season timing.

Swammer
Reply to  Coronavirus sucks
1 year ago

I completely respect where your coming and ache for the athletes from but I don’t necessarily think they should give them another year of eligibility. Unfortunately, things happen, swimmers miss meets for other reasons and don’t get a whole year back, also not everyone qualifies for NCAA. Hopeful for something positive!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coronavirus sucks
1 year ago

Not as bad as when they try to get a job in a totally tanked economy.

Eddie Reese Invite
1 year ago

Cmon Eddie…do it!

USA
1 year ago

Is Division II still going to continue?

Swimmer
Reply to  USA
1 year ago

Heard it just got cancelled during the meet

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