NCAA Cancels Winter Championships, Including Swimming And Diving

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The NCAA has joined most American sports leagues in cancelling events, wiping out winter championships as well as spring events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday’s announcement includes the cancellation of the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships due to be held later in March. It also halts the Division II Championships currently underway in Geneva, Ohio.

“Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as remaining winter and spring NCAA championships,” read an NCAA statement. “This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during the academic year giving ongoing decisions by other entities.”

The headliner is March Madness for the men’s and women’s tournaments. Wednesday, conferences like the Ivy League that had suspended spring sports (amid closing campuses) were leaving it up to schools as to whether they would be able to participate in winter championships. The Big Ten, minutes before the NCAA’s announcement, halted the spring season at its member institutions and barred its athletes from competing in the winter championships. USA Swimming on Thursday also put a 30-day halt on events.

The NCAA cancellation was one of many this day, which included the cancellation of the Danish Open and Olympic Trials, the Swim Open, Stockholm, a Norwegian lockdown that cancelled sport, FINA postponements and cancellations, the cancellation of French Junior Championships and a plea from Italy to halt the Olympic Games to avoid Tokyo 2020 going ahead in July when many of the world’s best swimmers may no longer be in the kind of shape they would have been but for the pandemic and its knock-on effects.

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    • avatar

      But viruses cannot survive in chlorinated
      water! How incredibly dumb, hysterical,
      not to mention un-caring of student athletes,
      for NCAA officials to cancel NCAA swimming, or any
      other NCAA championship, on account of a
      novel seasonal flu that can be essentially
      ‘treated’ by mass transmission, and where
      only 50 (octegenerians) Americans have died
      from this novel flu strain, while hundreds of
      thousands of Americans have died this year
      from generic seasonal flu. In the future, NCAA
      officials in high ranks, should be required to
      take not only an IQ test, but also an hysteria
      test, and pass them, prior to serving in an NCAA
      governance position.

  1. Mandy Weightman

    ? I am heartbroken for our sweet friends that qualified for this event. The ones that are freshman. And the ones that have qualified for the first time that are Seniors. I hate that this is over for them!

  2. Sharon Brian

    Katrina Schlicht time toco e home ?

    • Katrina Schlicht

      Sharon Brian we are coming home early and with Jemma Schlicht!

  3. Darl Bonnema

    Karleen Dawson here is your answer. Not good news for seniors.☹️

  4. Pam Kirsch Magnan

    So sad for all those athletes that have worked hard all season… and with swimming it literally is 6 months

  5. Cheryl Zwijacz

    Such a hard place to make feel so sad to all the swimmers ?

  6. Kristen LeFevre

    I really feel for the athletes, and know how difficult it is to have worked for months (or years!) for something like this and to have it taken away. But it is the right choice, given the risk. It isn’t the athletes who are really at risk, but the lives of their parents and others in the community.

  7. Jenifer Smith Kondis

    So very sorry for all the hard work and dreams that have been dashed by this cancellation!! Peyton Kondis, you are a rock star!! We were really looking forward to sharing this experience with you!! Know that you are loved and admired and can hold onto all your accomplishments and experiences with Swimming forever! God bless!! You have a lot to be proud of!!

  8. Karen Tejes-Selby

    Several states have cancelled their YMCA State Championship meets. My daughter worked hard to qualify as an 8 yr old. It was her first time qualifying. I just hope her desire to go after her goals isn’t diminished by this.

    • Jim Harris

      Karen Tejes-Selby she’s 8 she’ll be ok!!!