Pennsylvania 2A HS State Meet Postponed, 3A Meet ‘Truncated’ From Coronavirus

Pennsylvania has postponed the second of its high school state swimming & diving meets, the next in a wave of events upended by the novel 2019 coronavirus.

Pennsylvania’s PIAA is in the midst of its 3A state meets, for the state’s bigger high schools. That two-day meet was explosive on day 1, with a national high school record 19.24 in the 50 free from Matt Brownstead and a 1:43.98 IM from Rick Mihm, among many other great swims. That meet is set to continue today with the remainder of the meet lineup.

Update: a new release from the PIAA says the 3A meet will be “truncated” and will conclude at the end of the mid-day diving session. That means finals of the second-half of the meet will not take place tonight.

However, the 2A meet, for the state’s smaller schools, was supposed to run on Friday and Saturday (March 13-14). According to the PIAA on Twitter, that meet will be postponed, with no make-up date yet set:

Local reporter Diana Pugliese has tweeted that the 2A meet could be held in two weeks, depending on how the coronavirus outbreak develops.

 

Both the 2A and 3A meets were being held Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. As of this morning, Bucknell has recalled all students on study abroad programs and canceled classes for next week, moving academic programs online while instructing students to move out of on-campus housing within the next week, except for those who fill out a petition for special circumstances. The school’s conference the Patriot League, has already suspended all athletics practices and competitions.

The outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus, which originated in China, has caused a flood of cancellations of athletic events over concerns that large groups of people could aid the spread of the virus and its associated illness, COVID-19.

According to the CDC, Pennsylvania currently has 19 reported cases of COVID-19, but the larger cities of the east coast have been hit especially hard, with 173 cases in New York and 15 more in New Jersey.

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Swimfan01

PIAA just announced that the 3A meet is cancelled meaning no finals tonight. I would have loved to see what Brownstead, Matheny, and Mihm would have gone at finals as I would imagine they definitely still had some left in the tank after their morning swims.

Rick

I was looking forward to seeing Brownstead VS Jensen in the 100 free

PASWIMFAN

Especially unfortunate that the swimmers were not notified that the prelims would be a timed final, if that’s what this turns into. Do we know if this morning was in fact a timed finals or is there a possibility of postponing finals? Does that mean the results are in for the Boys AAA swimming and just waiting for the Girls AAA diving to end to add those scores?

paswimmer

Coming from a former PA swimmer, what upsetting news. At least hold the meets without spectators – from what I understand, COVID-19 cannot be sustained in chlorinated water. Let the swimmers finish off their high school season! Delaying it for maybe another two weeks really messes with a taper that’s already there.

Theswammer

I don’t get why people keep saying this. COVID-19 is spread in the air. There’s a reason the biggest sport federations in the world are suspending their season full stop. If anyone, they’re the ones in contact with the real professionals.

Why risk it and run non-essential meets/events?

DravenOP

Should just cancel it.

Entgegen

The team race is too close to call and so many swimmers have a lot left in the tank after morning prelims because they secured a second swim. Canceling it would do injustice to the coaches and swimmers who have worked hard to get where they are.

DravenOP

Doesnt matter. Indefinitely postponing it does no one favors, especially in a sport like swimming where timing for taper really matters. Just cancel it and be done with it. Its high school swimming, not the end of the world.

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