19 University of Delaware Swimmers Suspended For Violating COVID Restrictions

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19 swimming and diving student-athletes at the University of Delaware have been suspended by the university’s athletics department for violating COVID-19 protocols established by the school, according to a report from WBOC-TV.

The university reported that the athletes were traced to a large gathering at an off-campus residence on September 26. All involved were quarantined, and have tested negative for COVID-19, according to WDEL news in Delaware. Gatherings are limited to 12 people indoors and 20 people outdoors.

“We have spoken to our student-athletes at length about their responsibility of being back on campus.  The protocols and guidelines put into place are ones that must be followed for us to provide a safe environment for not only the University, but our community as well.” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak said. “While we have been fortunate with the behavior from a majority of our student-athletes in following the guidelines and social pledge. we cannot let up, we must stay focused and disciplined in all of our choices.

According to the University of Delaware, 27 students or employees have tested positive so far this week, which is on pace for the University’s lowest number this semester, after hitting a peak of 80 last week.


  1. avatar
    blue hen

    There were 26 present. And they all swim together. And were all negative before during and after.

  2. avatar
    IM confused

    These student athletes created a small pod of safe fellow athletes to interact with. This is exactly what colleges should be encouraging. This punishment is harsh and unnecessary. These kids wisely chose to spend time with teammates that are already around on a daily basis. This gathering sounds like it is a smaller group than their team practices. Would be interested in knowing what activities the athletic department has put together for athletes to interact with one another safely outside of practice.

  3. Leandre Turner

    Katherine. Seems like getting suspended is what happens when you break the rules.

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