With Thursday’s stunning news that all three divisions’ 2020 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships are canceled — including Division II’s meet, which was halfway done — swimmers took to social media to air their emotions. Below, we’ve rounded up responses so far from swimmers around the country.
Lots of emotions to this. This was supposed to be a comeback year for me after redshirting due to injury. I know many athletes have made similar sacrifices and can only hope that this is the right decision for our country but DAMN this really hurts and I know I’m not alone https://t.co/dVvR3mauDw
— grantshoults (@grantshoults) March 12, 2020
The NCAA should give all seniors the option of another year of eligibility
— Andrew Wilson (@awil5504) March 12, 2020
I guess redshirting this year wasn’t too bad after all, but not everyone is as lucky as me. @NCAA should really consider giving athletes affected an additional year of eligibility, if they want it.
— Trey Freeman (@tfreeman_3) March 12, 2020
I think it’s important to remember that student-athletes don’t get paid. They work their asses off everyday and get “paid” through moments. Today so many of these moments were stripped away from them. Don’t minimize their grieving because you lack the understanding of their pain.
— Amy Bilquist (@amybilquist) March 13, 2020
Go bears pic.twitter.com/M8714U9oiQ
— Tom Shields (@beefyTshields) March 13, 2020
— Ryan Murphy (@ryan_f_murphy) March 13, 2020
Doing this is the right thing to do https://t.co/WdrqcIPmJ2
— Justin Ress (@LilJRess) March 13, 2020
To all the athletes that have been affected the last couple of days…my heart breaks for all of you. I know the sacrifice you have gone through. I (and so many others) know how it feels. #1980boycott Just know it’s temporary and you will ALL become stronger from this adversity.
— Rowdy Gaines (@RowdyGaines) March 13, 2020