Michigan Swimming Statement: Suspension of Sanctioned and Approved Competition

UPDATED on Thursday, May 15, 2020

USA Swimming has mandated that Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) across the United States suspend all sanctioned and approved competition activities through June 30, 2020. More information is contained in the letter here (for April),  here (for May), and here (for June).

This was not Michigan Swimming's decision, but it is one that Michigan Swimming supports. If you have questions about this suspension, please contact Joel Schinofield, USA Swimming's Managing Director of Sport Development, at [email protected]

Thank you,

Joe Gazzarato
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Michigan Swimming, Inc.


Members of Michigan Swimming,

It is with deep regret that I inform you, effective immediately, all sanctioned and approved competitions held within the jurisdiction of Michigan Swimming will be suspended until April 11, 2020 in response to the guidance and directives issued by local, state, and federal health authorities, USA Swimming, and Governor Whitmer. All sanctioned and approved competitions scheduled to take place during this time period have had their sanctions and approvals formally revoked and will not occur, and no new sanctions or approvals for competitions in this time period will be granted.

Michigan Swimming remains absolutely and unequivically committed to the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, parents, families, and the public at-large, especially in times of uncertainty and rapidly-changing circumstances. Decisions like this are never easy, and we understand that they are incredibly disappointing. However, we must ensure our actions are in congruence with our priorities, and this decision underscores our continued committment to the health and safety of our community.

It is time for all of us to exercise prevention, not panic. As the situation evolves, it is incumbent upon all of us to remain aware and vigilant of this growing public health threat, to do what we can to prepare and mitigate the spread of this coronavirus and to provide our athletes and their families with the safest experience possible.

Michigan Swimming will continue to monitor the public health situation and communicate any necessary decisions as appropriate.

Joe Gazzarato
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Michigan Swimming, Inc.

Originally Published: March 11, 2020 (updated as the situation evolves)