Virus fears halt YMCA swimming championships; another event set Saturday for Union County athletes


Union County YMCA swimmers who were scheduled to compete in the Southwest Ohio championships are from left, front row, Molly Murphy and Brady Cordonnier; back row, Madison Corbett, Janie Clayton and Sadie Lucas. (Photo submitted)

The fear of the coronavirus has forced the cancellation of another sports event.
The Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League “AA” championships have been called off.
The event was scheduled for today through Sunday at Miami of Ohio University in Oxford.
Nearly 1,000 swimmers from 19 YMCAs were scheduled to compete, including Union County’s Madison Corbett, Janie Clayton, Sadie Lucas, Molly Murphy and Brady Cordonnier.
The following statement was released by the league:
“The Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League is disappointed to inform you that due to international, national, state and local COVID-19 concerns outside our control, we are canceling the AA and Zone Championship meets scheduled for March 13-15, 2020 and March 20-22, 2020.
“We have reviewed all the information received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and also in alignment with Ohio Governor DeWine’s order to limit gatherings of large groups of people—both indoors and outdoors.  
“We know our swimmers have worked hard for several months in anticipation of these championship meets and the SWOYSL shares the disappointment with our athletes. We know that many parents and coaches preferred alternatives, such as running the meet with limited or no spectators, but those options were simply not possible. 
“The larger health considerations outweighed our ability to run this meet in any capacity this weekend.
“We are not alone in this difficult decision. Championship swim meets on the National, Zone and LSC levels, planned over the next few weeks, have also been canceled.
“YMCA Nationals, Speedo Sectionals in Federal Way and other LSC JO meets, such as in Southern California and Potomac Valley, have also canceled their meets, with more cancellations being considered.
“New information is coming out daily and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your understanding.”
The Union County YMCA swimmers will participate in an alternate type of event.
“Our UCFY team will schedule an alternative meet opportunity for our swimmers,” said coach Craig Faircloth. “They will be able to swim up to three of their scheduled “AA” meet events on Saturday, 10 a.m., at the Union County Family YMCA.”
By that, Faircloth means the local swimmers will compete against their previous best times only in several events.
The activity at the local YMCA will be open to only the swimmers, their parents and Faircloth.
Local swimmers plan to compete in the following events:
-Murphy: 50 and 100-yard backstroke;
-Cordonnier: 50 and 100 freestyle and 50-yard backstroke;
-Corbett: 50 and 100-yard backstroke;
-Lucas: 50 and 100-yard backstrokeand 50-yard freestyle;
-Clayton: 100 and 200-yard breaststroke.

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