Tennessee, Virginia Pull Out of Michigan Tri Meet Over Pool Safety

Tennessee and Virginia have withdrawn from a scheduled triangular with Michigan over concerns about waterborne illnesses at the Michigan pool.

We’re told by the Michigan athletic department that a few Michigan team members came down with illnesses last week, and the program adjusted its practice schedule to stay out of the pool while the water was tested and cleaned. While the school says the pool has been tested and deemed safe for competition, the Tennessee and Virginia programs have elected not to travel to Michigan for the competition.

Here’s the full statement from Michigan’s athletic department:

Earlier today, we were informed by both Tennessee and Virginia that they will be pulling out of this weekend’s scheduled meet due concerns over pool safety.

The health and safety of all competitors is always our top priority. Following previous reports of a common waterborne illness, we collaborated with the University of Michigan Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) office on a thorough set of procedures to test and clean the water at Canham Natatorium.

Last Thursday (Oct. 10), EHS deemed the pool safe to use and the teams returned to normal training. On Tuesday (Oct. 15), following two independent lab tests, EHS reaffirmed that Canham Natatorium was safe for competition.

Due to the schedule change, the swimming and diving program will host an intrasquad at 5 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 18) at Canham Natatorium.

While Michigan did not say what the contamination was, a notice posted on the school’s recreation department website that said a swimmer disagnosed with Cryptosporidiosis had used “one or more” aquatics facilities during the month of August to October. Cryptosporidiosis is an infection where small parasites enter the body, travel to the small intestine, and burrow in the walls of the intestines.

The meet was set to be the marquee matchup of the weekend, featuring three top-10 women’s programs and two top-15 men’s programs. Michigan says it will host an intrasquad matchup instead.

We asked Michigan last week, when rumors of problems with the pool safety swirled, for more information, and at the time they did say that “a few team members did come down with an illness,” and that the pool was given a shock chlorine treatment for 12 hours. While the team was out of the pool, they were doing more dryland practice and were using alternate local pools to train.

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What was the illness? Was hospitalization required?


Their rec pools were closed for Cryptosporidiosis, so probably same for competition pool. Recommended/required 2 weeks out of water after symptoms stop if you get it is the bigger problem for competitive swimmers. Plus possibly then contaminating other pools as chlorine does not kill it.


Chlorine will deactivate Crypto, the higher the ppm concentration the shorter the contact time for deactivation to occur.
Flocculation through filtration and back-washing will remove it from the water


I am surprised a facility of this caliber is not using secondary or supplemental treatment like Clear Comfort or UV

Col. Trautman

The illness is not reading the article.


I don’t think the last section of the article, after the quote, was there initially….


Thanks! It wasn’t there initially. I read and reread several times.


Michigan’s rec pools were also closed last week and had a warning announcement up…

“UM was notified by UM Environment, Health, Safety of at least one swimmer diagnosed with Cryptosporidiosis that had used one or more aquatic facilities…. during the months of August to October….”

They were asking for anyone with symptoms to get tested and report to them if they used the pools…

(G)olden Bear

nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea


AND dont forget a propensity to say “I like Ohio State”.

2 Cents

Haha, or just to say THE in front of Ohio State….

2 Cents

I see what you did there Mr. Pepto….

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