The Northern Virginia Swim League (NVSL) perhaps the single-most star-studded summer swim league in the country, announced today that the 2020 season will not take place due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an announcement on the league’s website, the NVSL Executive Board said that, after gathering input from public health officials, government officials, and the 102 teams that make up the league, it was clear that the league would not be able to safely operate in a way that did not “put overwhelming logistical and organizational pressure on the League’s teams.”
A number of nationally-recognized names got their start — or at least some fun SCM racing — in the NVSL, and the star power continues to be strong enough that USA National Team member and 12 time individual NCAA All-American Andrew Seliskar no longer holds any league records. Future Texas Longhorn Anthony Grimm swept all of the boys 15-18 records last summer, erasing Seliskar’s butterfly and IM marks from that age group.
A list of just a few other prominent names from the league’s top ten times board includes: Ryan Baker, Sean Fletcher, Brandon Fiala, Chuck Katis, Janet Hu, Cassidy Bayer, Amanda Kendall, Ashley Danner, Anna Keating, Kate Ziegler, Ed Moses, Markus Rogan, and Isabella Rongione, among others.
The NVSL’s cancelation comes as teams across the country are preparing to restart training as some states begin to re-open, but often with social distancing protocols in place that will make it difficult to train as many swimmers at a time as teams are used to be able to do. In other instances, some cities have announced that they do not plan to open up city-owned swimming pools this summer, in some cases due in part to financial issues.