Ohio State Swim Club Suspends Operations For 2020-2021 Season

The Ohio State Swim Club, an age group club affiliated with the Big Ten college, is suspending its operations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The club actually posted the announcement last month, citing COVID-19 restrictions on campus. The Ohio State Swim Club trains out of the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the Ohio State campus. Here’s the full text of the announcement:

Due to the COVID-19 situation in our community and as Ohio State continues to work through the plan for fall semester we have made the difficult decision to suspend regular Ohio State Swim Club operations for the 2020-2021 season and to encourage you to contact other swim clubs about joining their teams. At the current time we cannot accommodate competitive teams with the restrictions necessary on our campus to combat COVID-19. Therefore, we want you to be able to seek alternative options that work for your family.

We are having discussions about ways we can stay connected during this time. We will let you know as those plans are possible.

While we share in your disappointment, we want to assure you that this decision was not made lightly.

Go Bucks!

While many clubs have resumed training, the OSSC situation highlights the difficulty some clubs will have in finding pool space with the pandemic continuing into the fall season. College campuses across the country have reopened, but most with strict coronavirus testing guidelines. And colleges have worked to quarantine their campuses to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into the student body.

The OSSC announcement came well before the Big Ten’s decision to cancel collegiate sports in the conference this fall. The Big Ten, along with the Pac-12 and several other major conferences, will look to play fall sports in the spring. Decisions on winter sports (like swimming & diving) should be coming later this fall, and it’s unclear how the postponement of fall sports will affect fall competition in swimming.

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RCP
4 months ago

This is sad. Please sign petitions like the one below to prevent this from happening in your community.

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-bill-de-blasio-tell-mayor-de-blasio-to-open-nyc-indoor-community-pools

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  RCP
4 months ago

who on earth would downvote this? a plea to keep kids healthy and swimming.

John
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
4 months ago

Likely people like me who feel petitioning a pool closure that is based on grounds of safety seems ineffective and pointless at this stage. As well, my pool is remains closed for my team.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  John
4 months ago

What specifically is unsafe about swim pools in new york, where the virus has seemingly burnt itself out due to so many people being infected early on in the pandemic. Other than the governor saying they are unsafe, what is actually unsafe, especially if protocols are in place.

Oh well, I was hoping the swim community would rally for their own benefit at some point. But I guess we will take whatever diktats thrown at us.

We deserve whatever we get at this point.

Last edited 4 months ago by Hiswimcoach
John
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
4 months ago

I thought this was a university decision not a state decision.

KRW
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
4 months ago

Who on Earth would support shutting down the program?

WORRIED ABOUT CLUB TEAMS
4 months ago

This is very sad and there are MANY teams that will face this issue very soon. Has there been any reported case of COVID identified as being spread in or at a pool (anywhere in the world)? Just feel like swimming is likely THE safest sport right now but may suffer much more than necessary.

John
Reply to  WORRIED ABOUT CLUB TEAMS
4 months ago

No one disagrees from what I can tell but the swimmers eventually get out of the water and I feel like that is where the issue of safety and transmission happens.

RCP
Reply to  John
4 months ago

Right. They get out of the water and become ordinary human beings again just like all the non-swimmers in the world who are as likely, if not more likely, to be exposed to the virus. Why are swimmers being discriminated against?

John
Reply to  RCP
4 months ago

I don’t follow your counter point… sorry.

RCP
Reply to  John
4 months ago

The point is swimming does not increase the chances of being exposed to the virus or contracting Covid-19. If anything, chlorination and UV filters reduce the risk of infection, making swimming one of the safer activities people can engage in. But for unexplained and arbitrary reasons, authorities have singled out swimming as more dangerous. It makes no sense.

SW ohio swimmer
4 months ago

most of the teams in the columbus area are full too

A CAR
Reply to  SW ohio swimmer
4 months ago

And also having their own issues finding pool space. Swimming in Central Ohio is not in good shape

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