No State Championships for New Jersey High School Swimming

Elwanda Tulloch

No State Championships for New Jersey High School Swimming

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) updated its return to play policy for the upcoming school year on August 20. Outdoor fall sports (football, cross country, field hockey, girls tennis, soccer) will be able to start practice on September 14 and begin competition on October 1, while girls tennis will be able to start September 28.

The indoor fall sports – gymnastics and girls volleyball – will be moved to a new, special season that will begin with practices on February 16 and competition on March 3, according to the NJSIAA Twitter account that laid out the new plans for the season.

Winter sports teams, which include swimming & diving, may begin practicing on December 3 and competition will start December 21.

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High School Swimming Finals, Records Have Been Altered by COVID-19

Elwanda Tulloch

CALIFORNIA SEASON ERASED

There were plenty of elite swimmers in California ready to make their mark on their final high school season. Among them:

  • Luca Urlando of C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento had a spectacular high school season last year as a junior, breaking Dressel’s national public school record in the 100 yard butterfly from 2013 by 1-hundredth of a second with a 45.88. That summer, he proceeded to win five gold medals at the World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Claire Tuggle also has been one of the top teen phenoms in the sport, and she is just a sophomore. As a freshman in 2019, she swam the second fastest time nationally in the 500 free (4:41.60).Who knows what they—and hundreds of other swimmers in California—could have done if they just had a season?

MISSED OPPORTUNITY IN MICHIGAN

And it wasn’t just the superstars who were affected. The

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Which Swimming World High School Swimmers of the Year Became Olympians?

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Which Swimming World High School Swimmers of the Year Became Olympians? (From August 2020 Swimming World Magazine)

From 1993-96, Swimming World recognized only one athlete each year as the nation’s top high school swimmer. It wasn’t until 1997 that the magazine decided to attach its name to the award and honor both the top male and female swimmers. Since 1997 and continuing through 2016 (the last time the Olympic Games were held), 35 swimmers have been recognized as Swimming World’s Female and Male High School Swimmers of the Year.

Twenty-one of them—10 girls and 11 boys—became Olympians who have won a combined 55 medals, including 33 gold!

Arizona’s Misty Hyman and Kentucky’s Nate Dusing were recognized as the first “official” award winner. Both swimmers had set national high school records in the 100 yard fly, and both moved on to powerhouse swimming teams in college: Hyman to Stanford and Dusing

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Postponing high school football could push out top players

Elwanda Tulloch

When Miller Moss transferred to Santa Ana Mater Dei in June, he knew his time there would be brief. The quarterback’s plan always had been to graduate high school early and hit the ground running with college football, just as soon as the rules allowed.

In that sense, Moss wasn’t unlike other top prospects in Southern California, an increasing number of whom have skipped their final semesters to get to a college campus as soon as possible. The path to that early exit wasn’t easy — it meant taking summer school classes and piling on extra work between practices and training sessions.

But Moss, who played last season at Mission Hills Bishop Alemany, was determined to get a leg up. It was that same instinct that led him to Mater Dei — home to a long lineage of Trojans passers — where he planned to test himself against the best

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California Rules Out High School Football for 2020

Elwanda Tulloch

Due to the coronavirus, the State of California has officially canceled high school football for 2020 and ruled that the season won’t start until January.

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the state’s governing body for high school sports, informed the state’s schools of the decision in a statement issued on Monday, the L.A. Times reported.

“This is the best possible plan we have with what’s going on to give students an opportunity to participate,” Vicky Lagos, the Los Angeles City Section commissioner, told the paper. “There are going to be issues in terms of facilities and multiple-sport athletes, but this is the best scenario for the most people. I have confidence the schools and coaches will work it out among themselves. My take from coaches is they want the opportunity to participate and be with the kids.”

The state’s ten school athletic sectors will craft their football schedules based on

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Northern California high school cleared for football workouts

Elwanda Tulloch

In another sign of progress during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheatland Union High School’s football team in Northern California was given final clearance to begin conditioning workouts Wednesday, athletic director David Contreras said.

Wheatland will follow strict social distancing guidelines and not use a football in the workouts, according to Contreras. Wheatland, located an hour from Sacramento, received permission from its administration and county health department. Cheerleaders will be allowed to begin drills Thursday.

Schools around the state could receive an update as early as Wednesday from the state superintendent on how to open campuses and perhaps

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