Towson Suspends Swimming & Diving Athletes for Violation of Team Rules

Towson University has suspended several members of its swimming & diving program over violations of COVID-19 protocols.

The school confirmed the suspensions but have not responded to a request for more information, including what the violation was. The spokesperson said that it was specifically a violation of swimming & diving team rules rather than athletic department rules.

Two other sources tell SwimSwam that “at least 15” members of the program have been suspended. Some of those suspensions are as short as 2 weeks, while 2 members of the team have been removed from the team for the remainder of the semester.

At least one impacted athlete is being required to participate in mandatory daily screenings prior to 8AM, though we could not confirm if that was also being assessed for the rest of the suspended athletes.

Towson is the latest of many Division I programs that have been forced to suspend student athletes for violations of coronavirus-safety protocols, mostly surrounding attending large parties.

The University of Denver suspended 38 swimmers and divers in September, and Delaware suspended 19 and cut at least 3 swimmers from the team after a party in September. Delaware, like Towson, is in the CAA conference.

In addition to those suspensions, multiple teams have had to shut down practices because of outbreaks, and there have been unconfirmed reports of other schools issuing suspensions to athletes for violating protocols.

Towson has not yet announced a schedule for the 2020-2021 season, though the CAA said earlier this year that all of its conference teams intend to participate in a conference championship event at some point during the academic year.

Towson University, located in Towson, Maryland. The school announced 2 weeks ago that the first two weeks of the spring term would be conducted via remote instructions and that face-to-face and hybrid instruction will be held on campus starting February 8. Approximately 85% of classes during the spring term will be offered remotely.

All classes are being held remotely in the fall 2020 term.

In the most recent reported 14 day period from October 7 through 21, Towson University administered 689 coronavirus tests to students and 176 coronavirus tests to faculty and staff. Of those, only 1, a member of the faculty or staff, was positive.

Overall, the school has had 437 positive tests among students and 46 among faculty and staff among a total listed enrollment of 22,709.

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Dylan
27 days ago

Wack af jeeeeeez

Guerra
27 days ago

The kids were probably having a Covid party so they can gain herd immunity so there would be no distractions later on. Unfortunately, these administrators are still blinded by fear over what amounts to nothing.

NYswim
Reply to  Guerra
27 days ago

They weren’t trying to get herd immunity… nobody does that. They were just living their college life because they know this virus won’t affect them like it does others

Sam B
Reply to  Guerra
27 days ago

225K deaths amount to nothing. Evolution would deny its own existence if he saw you

SwimFani
Reply to  Sam B
27 days ago

250,000 deaths in the USA due to medical malpractice accidents, 3,000,000 deaths annually attributed to alcohol related deaths. Of the 225K deaths in the USA 99.9% were of 80+ yo people virtually all of whom had contributing factors. We NOW have learned much about this virus and how to protect our vulnerable society members.

Jim
Reply to  SwimFani
27 days ago

Didn’t realize medical malpractice and alcohol related deaths were airborne and contagious

Corn Pop
Reply to  Jim
27 days ago

So far Covid 1 9 is not suable . Lawyers are looking at the fine print tho.

Math Teacher
Reply to  SwimFani
27 days ago

Please check the math on 1% of the population dying each year due to Alcohol. If you’re going to use facts and figures to prove a point, how about you get those numbers right?

VA Steve
Reply to  SwimFani
27 days ago

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm
Absolutely false. About 21% are under the age of 65. About 3% are under 45.

Last edited 27 days ago by VA Steve
Guerra
Reply to  Sam B
27 days ago

Nursing homes and those with other serious health problems. One way or another, no matter who wins, this problem will quickly go away after the election.

I_Said_It
Reply to  Guerra
27 days ago

Ahhh… there it is… the “Covid goes away after the election argument”. because voting practices will stop impact virology.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  I_Said_It
27 days ago

The great thing about the statement is if in mid to late December we still have high Covid numbers and the death rate has gone up, then Guerra will hear about it. What Covid detractors are saying is that the severity of infections are due to increased testing, going back to school and being amplified because of an upcoming election. They are also claiming we are better prepared to deal with the virus and that’s why the death rate isn’t as high as it was this Spring and early Summer.

Again, the two of you can have it out in December, but at least understand where the guy is coming from and research both sides of the issue.

Less backstroke
Reply to  Guerra
26 days ago

Make sure you tell the rest of the world that they are supposed to forget about the Corona virus after the US election.

Swimfan
Reply to  Sam B
27 days ago

Pretty sure that’s how evolution works. Let the weak members die off so the species is stronger.

Guerra
Reply to  Swimfan
27 days ago

That’s not what I’m advocating. We need to deal with the virus and live our lives around it. If you’ve got Covid or feel sick, stay away from those at risk. Our country was built and survived on personal choice and responsibility.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
27 days ago

Man, Guerra, that herd immunity premise is not looking so good (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/institute-of-global-health-innovation/MEDRXIV-2020-219725v1-Elliott.pdf). But hey, go find a herd.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
27 days ago

Since you seem to be in the know, why should we believe this study, but not the Danish Mask Study? I’m seriously asking, knowing they are two different topics. Why is one valid while the other isn’t?

Guido J
Reply to  Guerra
27 days ago

Idk if you joke or are serious sometimes 😉

Boston Coach
Reply to  Guerra
25 days ago

I swear you must get off on making ignorant statements. It’s like you want people to die

SwimFani
27 days ago

Good for you Towson University! One question – Of the 437 positives among students and the 46 among faculty, how many were even hospitalized? Ohh I thought so! AND how many deaths? Ohhh I thought so! Good luck shutting down your campus for the sake of such a sham virus which adversely affects .005% of your student population. MORE STUDENTS and FACULTY will DIE from medical malpractice errors and 15x more from alcohol related deaths!!!

Sam B
Reply to  SwimFani
27 days ago

if something sounds really baseless and stupid, it usually is

Anonymoose
Reply to  Sam B
26 days ago

Your comment does, actually

ohioperson
Reply to  SwimFani
26 days ago

Dayton doesn’t have a swim team but an 18 year old that attends UD died last week from Covid.

Eagleswim
Reply to  SwimFani
26 days ago

“Sham virus”… wow. Fox News broke you

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