Green Hope Looks to Have A Swim Season in 2020

With tryouts planned for November 23rd Green Hope should be able to hold a swim season.

With tryouts planned for November 23rd Green Hope should be able to hold a swim season.

Mason Barish, Opinion Editor

Green Hope Looks to Have A Swim Season in 2020

 

Due to COVID-19 this year, school sports have been canceled left and right to prevent the virus from spreading. There are few sports that escaped such cancellation, mostly individual-focused sports such as swimming and cross country. Green Hope is no exception it seems, and as of the time of writing this article, it appears that Green Hope is going to have a swim season, albeit a short one.

 

From where we stand currently, tryouts are poised to be on or after November 23rd. Team captains have already been decided, and a meet schedule has been made entailing 2 meets per week. There will definitely be a drastic change to the interaction of spectators in meets and the swimmers themselves and how their year-round teams may want them to go about attending school practices.

 

What might a swim meet look like this season?

 

Speaking from experience, swim meets this year have been very different from the past. For one, there have been no spectators, as spectating space is now used to space out swimmers from one another for the most part. Secondly, when swimmers are not warming up behind the blocks for an event, or cooling down, they must wear a mask at all times. You can’t go to an event early, and you must stay socially distant when behind the blocks. It is definitely an adjustment from what many people on a swim team are used to, as the meet is usually made to go much faster so as to get everyone in and out of there as quickly as possible. 

 

It isn’t bad that this season is different though because the changes to daily routines have been seen to be very effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and safety is the most important thing right now. Stay healthy, Falcons!