University of Kentucky Halts Swim Practices Amid COVID Outbreak

Citing a high number of positive COVID-19 tests, the University of Kentucky has shut down training for its swimming & diving program, a source tells SwimSwam.

Team members were told last week that the aquatics facility would be shut down through today, with team practices “postponed until further notice.” That’s based on a “high number of positive cases,” team members were told. A source tells SwimSwam that multiple swimming & diving team members have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The school has declined to either confirm or deny the halting of training. An athletics department representative only provided the following statement:

“UK Athletics has been periodically announcing overall COVID-19 testing results for student-athletes and staff but is not announcing pause of activities by teams or individuals.”

The school did publish an update today on COVID-19 testing. Kentucky says 402 student-athletes were tested over a roughly-two-week period from August 20 to September 14. Fourteen of those student-athletes tested positive – that’s about 3.5% of the athletes tested.

(Kentucky says 306 staff members were also tested, with seven positives for a rate of 2.3%).

It’s notable that those numbers, though published this afternoon, don’t include the past two weeks.

Kentucky competes in the SEC, which just announced revised competition dates for swimming & diving. SEC programs can begin competition on October 1, though the season is mostly restricted to just dual meets, and competition must remain regionalized.

Coronavirus cases have remained high in the state of Kentucky this summer. Single-day positive tests peaked at 715 in mid-July, but have continued to have spikes into the 400-600 range throughout August. One week ago, the state saw 458 new positive cases on Monday, September 7.

Kentucky has had 1,065 deaths and 57,282 total cases of COVID-19. Fayette County (where the University of Kentucky sits in Lexington) has had the second-most cases of any Kentucky county at 4,991.

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Anthony Preda
8 days ago

*Checks previously posted article*

Fishers Dad
8 days ago

How does this affect Fugmann and his club team there?

CloseToUKSD
Reply to  Fishers Dad
4 days ago

He is no longer the head coach btw. Hasn’t been for quite a few months now

UK Swim friend
8 days ago

I heard 42 of their swimmers have tested positive and most of it is from off campus parties and going to bars. What a shame

Edd
Reply to  UK Swim friend
8 days ago

From what I heard they don’t even know how to party.

Last edited 8 days ago by Edd
Shmoke
Reply to  Edd
8 days ago

Bars aren’t even open there buddy

CloseToUKSD
Reply to  Shmoke
4 days ago

If attached to the sale of food, they’re open until midnight right now

CloseToUKSD
Reply to  Edd
4 days ago

Quite accurate.

Guerra
Reply to  UK Swim friend
7 days ago

They’re college kids and they should be partying. Rock on and don’t be a Coronabro!

sscommentor
Reply to  Guerra
7 days ago

they should be responsible, not putting themselves/teammates/community at risk to spread coronavirus. not saying they have to be nuns, but don’t be careless

Bonnie
Reply to  sscommentor
6 days ago

The article is not correct.

Last edited 6 days ago by Bonnie
CloseToUKSD
Reply to  Guerra
4 days ago

Bad comment

Bonnie
Reply to  UK Swim friend
6 days ago

You heard way wrong.

Last edited 6 days ago by Bonnie
CloseToUKSD
Reply to  UK Swim friend
4 days ago

Last I heard, it was a dozen

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