Will Myhre, Potentially Iowa’s Last NCAA Qualifier, Scratched After COVID Test


  • When: Wednesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
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Will Myhre, the lone swimmer competing at NCAAs for the Iowa men, scratched the meet after testing positive for COVID-19. Iowa is set to eliminate its men’s swimming & diving program after this season.

Iowa announced the news in a press release today. Myhre’s first event would have been the 100 breaststroke this morning, but he did not compete. He was the 14th seed, and his time of 51.70 actually would have made the A final this morning. Myhre was also entered in tomorrow’s 200 breast, but will not compete in the meet.

Women’s NCAAs had zero confirmed positive tests for the novel 2019 coronavirus, and until today, there were no confirmed positive COVID tests at the men’s meet, either. Myhre was the only full-meet scratch from either meet that didn’t have a non-COVID-related explanation given.

Iowa announced last year that it would be eliminating its men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs after this season. While the women’s program has been reinstated as of last month, the men’s program remains set for elimination after the season, which officially ends with Myhre’s scratch. Some observers say there’s still a chance that Iowa reinstates the men’s program, but there’s been no news as of yet.

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5 months ago


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5 months ago

anyone know how he got it? this must be hard for him and his team.

Reply to  fan
5 months ago

Maybe as a result of the global pandemic

Reply to  fan
5 months ago

What kind of question is this?

Former Big10
5 months ago

Darkly poetic

5 months ago

Is anyone getting pulled?

Reply to  Swimmer2
5 months ago

To clarify, did anyone get contact traced to quarantine at the meet?

Unknown Swimmer
Reply to  Swimmer2
5 months ago

Would assume not, if he hadn’t been entered in any other events he wasn’t allowed at the facility during sessions right? So only possibly for some off-hours practice times?

Reply to  Unknown Swimmer
5 months ago

Looks like he was scratched before the meet Didn’t travel.

Alec f
5 months ago

Pain, wills my best friend and possible a finalist

Reply to  Alec f
5 months ago

Sucks to see this happen as a fellow IL swimmer.

Big Timmy T Tim Tim
Reply to  Alec f
5 months ago

No, Will is my best friend

5 months ago

can you all join me in giving covid the one finger salute?

Donald P. Spellman
Reply to  Taa
5 months ago

I’ll raise the other middle finger to AD Gary Barta and UI President Bruce Harreld.
Arrogant, irresponsible, lying, manipulative, selfish, outdated jerks who have done too much damage to the University of Iowa.

5 months ago

That’s sad.

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