Midwestern Swimming Cancels Summer Season Because of COVID-19

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The Midwestern Swimming (MWS) summer season has been canceled. The Board of Directors announced the cancellation on Thursday.

MWS includes most of Nebraska as well as parts of Western Iowa.

The group released this statement:

In an announcement made by Midwestern Swimming Board of Directors on Thursday night, after gathering input from local public health officials, government officials, USA Swimming staff, and several coaches from MWS clubs; it was decided that MWS would not be able to safely operate in a way that did not put overwhelming logistical and organizational pressures on teams for the 2020 summer long course season.

The decision to cancel the 2020 summer long course season was decided with the safety and well-being of our members as our top priority. “The decision to cancel Midwestern Swimming’s meet schedule this summer came after careful and informed deliberation,” said Carol Olson, General Chair for Midwestern Swimming. “This decision appropriately places emphasis on the health and safety of our athletes, families, coaches and officials as our organization navigates the next few months.”

Because of the fluid-situation, MWS board members and coaches will continue to meet on a regular basis, on a local level and with USA Swimming to evaluate the current situation and how to safely get swimmers back in the water.

Midwestern Swimming (MWS) is one of 59 Local Swimming Committees of USA Swimming based in Omaha.

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3 comments

  1. Analisa Peterson

    As a coach in Midwestern swimming part of me says ridiculous, but unfortunately right now we have no access to pools. We have an extreme shortage of long course pools to begin with and we don’t have access to any of them plus we have no date when they would be available. Right now we don’t have access to any short course pools either. Without these pools we can’t practice or host meets. Once they started the close everything trend it is hard to go back. I am nervous about even having access this fall.