YMCA Cancels 2020 Long Course Swimming National Championships

The YMCA Long Course National Championship meet, which was scheduled for July 28th-August 1st, 2020, has been cancelled. This follows the cancellation of the Short Course National Championship, usually the more-attended of the two YMCA National Championship events, which was scheduled to be held this weekend.

“This was not an easy decision for Y-USA to make,” the email announcing the decision on Thursday read. “We recognize this will be incredibly disappointing for the athletes, teams and families who were looking forward to the Long Course competition season. We will continue to find ways to recognize and honor the achievements and hard work of athletes and teams who will not get to compete in 2020.”

Both meets were scheduled for the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, which is contracted to host 5 national championship meets between now and 2023: 2020 LC, 2021 SC, 2021 LC, 2022 SC, and 2023 LC.

The news was announced on the same day that the YMCA National Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for late June in Long Beach, California, were also cancelled. Gymnastics and swimming are the YMCA of the USA’s two primary national championship sporting events.

Last summer, the Red Bank Branch YMCA in New Jersey swept the boys’ and girls’ team titles, winning both in nailbiters: the Red Bank girls won by 8 points, while the Red Bank boys won by just half-a-point.

The YMCA Short Course National Championships became the first YMCA National Championship meet in swimming to be cancelled since 1947.

North Carolina has at least 636 confirmed coronavirus cases, including reporting their first 2 COVID-19 deaths this week. Swimmers across the country have been locked out of their pools by government stay-at-home regulations, leading to drastic disruptions in training opportunities.

 

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Nswim
1 year ago

I guess let’s just cancel swimming through next year, actually the next decade

Swimmer A
Reply to  Nswim
1 year ago

It’s crazy, it’s like we take all these precautions and shut everything down, and after all of that barely anyone even gets sick! This is the worst!

Coach
Reply to  Swimmer A
1 year ago

The people that are sick or dead would probably disagree with you

Swimmer A
Reply to  Coach
1 year ago

Sarcasm man

elyk
1 year ago

I’m all for precaution but this seems… premature. I don’t understand the harm in waiting to cancel things that are that far away

leisurely1:29
Reply to  elyk
1 year ago

That’s what we were saying a few weeks ago with the NCAA…

Swimmer68
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 year ago

This is 4-5 months early though. Nobody knows what the situation will be in August

swimgeek
Reply to  elyk
1 year ago

Totally agree. This seems extremely premature. The only possible reason I can think of is if there’s some rental fees that are fully refundable if canceled by X date or something. Otherwise, what possible upside is there to canceling now? It’s been exactly 2 weeks since the waive of cancellations started 3/12. Much has changed in 2 weeks. And much more will change in 2 months. Why cancel an August meet now?

Steve
Reply to  swimgeek
1 year ago

Group trainings aren’t the safest environment in a pandemic, so it’s irresponsible to have the athletes training for an upcoming event. The Olympics needed to be postponed, and they’re at the same time.

Swammer
Reply to  elyk
1 year ago

I think you’d be surprised the talks that are happening within universities, conferences and the NCAA in regard to the fall semester as a whole.

We’re ahead of China in positive cases and they had shut down practically the entire country for almost three months. We as a country are playing chicken with this virus and there are little to no answers from the leaders of this country.

If you think this is surprising, just wait.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Swammer
1 year ago

For China there’s a big difference between positive cases and fatalities when compared to the US. Also, the China results have been questioned by many so not sure they are a good barometer.

swimgeek
Reply to  Swammer
1 year ago

Fair enough. If those discussions about fall are being had – that’s prudent. But canceling this meet in June would be just as safe as March. Canceling 4 months out doesn’t get you extra “safe points”

HulkSwim
Reply to  swimgeek
1 year ago

It sends the message to teams/kids to not take chances and risk theirs/their families health for their meet that may or may not happen. So now it’s not. So they shouldn’t.

TheSwammer
Reply to  swimgeek
1 year ago

No, I agree. It doesn’t give extra safe points. I just think people are not understanding how long this is going to last. They cancelled it now because they believe/know it’s getting cancelled regardless. Why not just get it done with?

Bucs123
Reply to  Swammer
1 year ago

Come on. Even the experts are walking back their modeling as more information comes to light about the virus. Just today one of the more sighted doomsday predictions got walked back 25 fold by the very author who wrote it. Stop speculating and spreading unnecessary fear. It’s best to stick to what we know, now, in these types of situations.

Unless you’re the epidemiological expert. Then speculate away, but be responsible about it because what you say can have a big impact in ways you may not realize

TheSwammer
Reply to  Bucs123
1 year ago

Okay, let’s use facts.

We lead the world in cases. Our country isn’t on lockdown. All these cases were essentially 10-14 days ago so they’re nowhere close to being done rising.

When you have universities & NCAA planning for what a year looks like without student athletes in the fall, I’m going to take that a bit more serious than whatever you’re reading.

TheSwammer
Reply to  elyk
1 year ago

I think you’ll be surprised at what is happening and being talked about at universities, conferences and the NCAA regarding the fall semester.

We’re already ahead of China and they were essentially on lockdown for almost three months. This is still just getting going.

I also don’t see how it’s fair to applaud the delay of the Olympics but be against this as a “premature” call. In the end, it’s a safety decision.

Also, my mistake on the above comment. Typed in wrong email and couldn’t go back to edit.

swimgeek
Reply to  TheSwammer
1 year ago

Oh, and Y Nats vs. Olympic Games is a poor comparison. The Olympics are so big that athletes felt compelled to find pool space no matter what even when it was scarcely available. For Y Nats — HS swimmers are out of the pool now. If they can get back in the pool this summer and attend the meet, they will. Nobody is traveling around the country trying to find a private pool so that they can . . . swim at Y Nats.

TheSwammer
Reply to  swimgeek
1 year ago

I guess I see it the other way around. They cancelled the biggest sporting event in the world. If they cancel that, anything below that shouldn’t stand a chance.

Y Nats has athletes coming from all around the US. It’s just not the safe thing to do.

Anonymous
Reply to  swimgeek
1 year ago

HS swimmers are not out of the pool now. There are pools open, and we’ve seen some of the messages from coaches and athletes that are finding lanes. I just hope they’re doing it safely.

YswimmerWes
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m a Y swimmer, and practically all of the ymca’s are closed. With that, there are no practices. Even for the teams that might use other pools, because their Y is closed, their teams program is closed to. I like in a west philadelphia suburb and I have no access to a pool.

Anonymous
Reply to  YswimmerWes
1 year ago

The Y’s further south are open.

Coach
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Not true for the deep South.

Nswim
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

I swim for a Y up in the northeast. The pools are all closed around here, even the private ones. I also work at the pool that I swim at and all the staff are getting messages that make it seem like it will he quite a while before we open again. I’ve even reverted to buying a wetsuit for open water once the ocean gets over 45 degrees around here

Yuri
Reply to  TheSwammer
1 year ago

I think what everyone here means is that there is a difference between a postponement ( Olympics ) and a cancellation ( ymca )

Swimmom
Reply to  elyk
1 year ago

Because in many places swimmers have no pool access to train. As of right now everywhere is shut down in MD until the end of April and as our numbers of infected cases rise each day I don’t see pools reopening before June. Sib please explain how you would compete in a championship meet when you have not trained in two months In a pool and have not competed in a single long course meet. Many may not even have the qualifying time. You are missing the big picture if you have flatten the curve you don’t want to pack people back in together right away. It is disappointing especially for my daughter that aged up right before long champ… Read more »

Anonymous
Reply to  elyk
1 year ago

Then close the Y’s, like they close most other gyms. The Y near us is open 6a-7p, and there are a lot of people using it. We’re not Y members and we keep getting the sale emails on the Y-Nat clothes. They probably had to cancel it now so they didn’t make the apparel for it.

NICK
Reply to  elyk
1 year ago

This may have to do with deposits for the pool, and getting firm commitments from Ys to show-up. A critical mass of teams is required to have a meaningful national championship, and long-course Y Nats have never been as well attended as short-course. Given the tremendous uncertainty, it is hard to see how anyone can make a firm commitment even a few months hence.

Steve
Reply to  elyk
1 year ago

Training is impacted leading up to the event, we don’t know how long this will be impacted either. If they wait to cancel and go forward this could effect max potential times. We all want to see Dressel crush it, Doing it next year is best for all swimmers to get at top of their game and to get top world times and records.

My 12 year is impacted she was going for LCM club records, is a real bummer because these are now so tough to achieve if pools were to open back up May mid May with only couple months training.

Dryland are good but do not replace pool time, granted Dressel probably has a training location… Read more »

DMacNCheez
1 year ago

America’s “cancel culture” has found new meaning this spring

Nswim
1 year ago

I feel bad for all of the HS seniors who won’t get to experience their last y nats, especially given that they didn’t get to go to the SC meet as well. I know sectionals are held in NC about a week or two before this, so teams may target that if it doesn’t get canceled as well.

Xman
1 year ago

Class of 2020 – what was your prom theme?
Social distancing

David
1 year ago

This is really ridiculous. Should have waited until May to decide on this meet.

TheSwammer
Reply to  David
1 year ago

Why? If I’m flying across the country, I’m buying my plane tickets months in advance. The earlier this decision was made, the better.

Facepalm2021
1 year ago

Frustrating. Understandable. Disappointing for Seniors. I can see athletes switching over to USA Clubs in certain areas about this…unless USA Swimming follows suit, then there goes the whole LCM season.

Swimmer
1 year ago

I’m wondering if it has more to do with wanting teams to feel like they can take their time getting back into the pool when things finally do clear up rather than feeling rushed & pushing to get athletes back in the water before it’s really safe to do so.

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