USA Swimming has canceled its first Pro Swim Series event of the year in Knoxville, Tenn., sources told SwimSwam. The event was scheduled to run Jan. 12-15 from the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
Update: USA Swimming has since confirmed the cancellation, saying it has opted to “prioritize the health and safety of the athletes, staff and event volunteers,” amidst the current COVID-19 climate in the United States.
“In an abundance of caution, USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, announced that it was cancelling its first TYR Pro Swim Series event of the year, originally slated for Knoxville, Tennessee, from January 12-15, 2022,” USA Swimming said in a press release.
“With the new Olympic quadrennial only just beginning, and the current COVID-19 conditions across the country, USA Swimming, with the support of event host Tennessee Aquatics and Visit Knoxville, made the decision to prioritize the health and safety of the athletes, staff and event volunteers.”
In an abundance of caution, USA Swimming is canceling its #TYRProSeries Knoxville event originally slated for January 12-15, 2022.
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— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) January 3, 2022
The 2022 Pro Swim Series schedule was originally comprised of four stops, beginning in Knoxville in January and then shifting to Des Moines, San Antonio and Mission Viejo later in the year.
The Des Moines meet will now open the national-level competitive season, USA Swimming noted in its release.
2022 PRO SWIM SERIES DATES & LOCATIONS
January 12-15, 2022: Knoxville, TN
- March 2-5, 2022: Des Moines, IA
- March 30-April 2: San Antonio, TX
- June 29-July 2: Mission Viejo, CA
After PSS events in Irvine, Mission Viejo and Indianapolis were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, USA Swimming successfully ran two events in November 2020 (Richmond and Irvine) before rattling off four in the first half of 2021 prior to the Olympic Trials. This included the Knoxville stop in January.
As the new Omicron variant has been spreading throughout the world recently, COVID cases in Tennessee have seen their biggest spike since September over the last week. On Jan. 2, the state reported a seven-day rolling average of 6,261 new cases per day, with over 13,000 reported on Dec. 30. Daily case numbers were hovering in the 1,000-1,500 range in October and November.
The Allan Jones Aquatic Center is currently hosting the 2022 Tennessee Diving Invitational, which began Monday, Jan. 3, and runs through Thurday, Jan. 6.