USA Swimming National Team member, Michael Chadwick, shares some encouraging thoughts on coping with the current health crisis. Chadwick is a former SwimMAC and University of Missouri athlete currently swimming with Team Elite.
Swim Lenoir (LENR) earns Safe Sport Club Recognition Status
Congratulations to Swim Lenoir, the latest North Carolina Swimming club to earn USA Swimming’s new Safe Sport Club Recognition! The Safe Sport Club Recognition program distinguishes USA Swimming clubs that demonstrate their commitment to creating safe, healthy, and positive environments for all of their members through the development and implementation of Athlete Protection Policies, Safe Sport Best Practices, and Safe Sport education.
Swim Lenoir has been highlighted as a Safe Sport Recognized Club with a banner on its team listing in the USA Swimming Find-a-Team Search and will receive a medallion for their club’s website as well. Clubs can apply for the Safe Sport Recognized Club program through their Club Portal on the USA Swimming website. Here’s a link to the Safe Sport Recognized Club program information: https://www.usaswimming.org/ssrp
Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club (SMAC) earns Safe Sport Club Recognition Status
Congratulations to the Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club, the latest North Carolina Swimming club to earn USA Swimming’s new Safe Sport Club Recognition! The Safe Sport Club Recognition program distinguishes USA Swimming clubs that demonstrate their commitment to creating safe, healthy, and positive environments for all of their members through the development and implementation of Athlete Protection Policies, Safe Sport Best Practices, and Safe Sport education.
The Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club has been highlighted as a Safe Sport Recognized Club with a banner on its team listing in the USA Swimming Find-a-Team Search and will receive a medallion for their club’s website as well. Clubs can apply for the Safe Sport Recognized Club program through their Club Portal on the USA Swimming website. Here’s a link to the Safe Sport Recognized Club program information: https://www.usaswimming.org/ssrp
USA Swimming Statement Regarding the Postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games
“In this globally unprecedented time, today’s joint announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 organizers was the responsible, though understandably difficult decision to make. We are incredibly thankful to have stood next to the USOPC, fellow U.S. national sports governing bodies and sport federations around the world in advocating for the health and safety of our athletes, members and their families. All athletes around the world can now focus on what is most important – safeguarding their health and being good global citizens in the wake of this extraordinary pandemic.
“We will work with our athletes, coaches, teams and committees to shift our preparations, and schedule a calendar of events that properly readies our team for 2021. We will work closely with the USOPC on rescheduling the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming to best align with Olympic Games preparations as further details become known.
“Most importantly, we will focus on finding ways to support our 400,000 members and their communities, and strategizing with our more than 3,000 clubs to ensure they are well-placed to come out of this stronger than ever.”
Tim Hinchey III
USA Swimming Chief Executive Officer
Since first communicating with our members about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have received ample feedback, much of it focused on the safety measures being recommended. We sincerely appreciate the comments and responses you are sharing.
As of today, the CDC and White House are urging a nationwide halt to gatherings of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks, citing the risk of the coronavirus. This includes avoiding eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts, and discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits. This should also include team training and practices.
In light of the current situation, beyond the previously announced cancellation of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo and the postponement of the combined Open Water National and Junior National Championships, USA Swimming is mandating the cancellation of all its sanctioned events across the U.S. through April 30, 2020. This will be continuously reassessed based on health and governmental authorities’ information.
Beyond our clubs and teams, we can all play an important part in helping to curb the spread of COVID-19.
We encourage you to visit our website often for the most-up-to-date news and information: www.usaswimming.org
In order to prioritize the health and safety of our swimmers, coaches, officials, and volunteers, USA Swimming is mandating the cancellation of all its sanctioned events across the U.S. through April 30, 2020. North Carolina Swimming will work with our host clubs to get our competitions rescheduled at a time when this health threat has subsided.
We also encourage all our members to follow healthcare recommendations to avoid infection and the spread of infection:
- Avoid getting closer than six feet to anyone coughing or sneezing;
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that has 60-95% alcohol. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands;
- Stay home if you are sick, and away from the pool and from fellow team members;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly;
- Monitor the WHO and CDC websites for travel advisories and follow their recommendations.
Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to your local healthcare provider. North Carolina Swimming will continue to monitor the situation and advise of any additional safety measures necessary to help our members stay safe and healthy throughout this difficult time.
The ESSZ Age Group Sectional meet scheduled for this weekend in Atlanta has been cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The following message was taken from the YMCA website:
YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is committed to the safety and well being of all attendees at our competitive events. As such, we have been monitoring the recent spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to all attendees at our upcoming YMCA Short Course National Championship to take place at Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) March 30-April 3, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution, YMCA Short Course National have been cancelled. Y-USA has made this decision in order to reduce the risk to all athletes, coaches and families. We did not make this decision in haste, and we know that this news will be disappointing to you.
We will continue to share more information as we work quickly to expand on more action steps and respond to frequently asked questions. If you have immediate questions about this decision please contact email@example.com.
Below is a list of North Carolina Swimming-registered athletes who have achieved qualifying time standards for the Olympic Trials in Omaha. The lists below were updated on March 10, 2020.
By USA Swimming | Thursday, March 5, 2020
As we continue to monitor developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to remind you of important information resources and suggested safety measures everyone can follow.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to stress general precautions to prevent the spread of communicable diseases:
- wash your hands often;
- cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze;
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe;
- get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from the flu, which has similar symptoms to COVID-19;
- stay home when you are sick, and away from the pool and from fellow team members.
USA Swimming will work with, and follow, all guidance and protocols issued by the CDC, state and local public health departments.
Both the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) have published recommendations/guidelines for gatherings and healthy travel. For members planning to host or attend sanctioned events, we encourage you to request updates directly from event organizers, who should be actively communicating with local health professionals.
We strongly encourage everyone to seek further information using the CDC and the WHO websites:
Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to your local healthcare provider.
This is a dynamic situation and we will provide additional information as necessary for our membership.
Thank you for taking every precaution to protect yourself and others.
Tim Hinchey III
USA Swimming President & CEO