March 12, 2020
Swimmers, Coaches, Officials, and YMCA swimming community,
It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the cancellation of the YMCA State Meet at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana. The Lake County Board of Heath has determined that it would not be in the best interest for all involved to hold the meet based on the current growing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The State committee explored all options available to be able to continue to run the meet, but we are strongly committed to the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, and families and wanted to let you know that it was an extremely difficult decision to cancel the meet.
At this time, we are not planning to reschedule the meet, but to let all teams know that the opportunity is there for teams to have a time trial with only swimmers that were entered into the state meet, only if you feel this is in your team’s best interest and safety. These times can be submitted to the SWYMS database to be considered in the top ten and top twenty ranking.
We recognize that our swimmers worked hard all season and State is the celebration of all their efforts. We hope that our swimmers continue to work through the summer season so they can attend the Long Course State meet in July.
We would like to thank you for your support during this difficult time and your continued support of Illinois YMCA swimming and the swimming communities in Illinois.
Thank-you for your time and patience in this matter,
Illinois YMCA Swimming State Chairman