CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - For the first time in 54 years, a Jefferson Swim League champion will not be crowned at the end of the summer, as the JSL Championships have been cancelled.
“It’s socially irresponsible to bring kids, people, adults, together,” says Fairview Swim Club head coach J.J. Bean.
The feasibility of holding the large event at UVA’s Aquatic & Fitness Center was questioned at the latest board meeting, as large groups are currently banned at UVA, and sponsorships for the event could be limited.
The Board voted unanimously to cancel the Championship meet, in any form, for 2020.
Fairview has won the championship six years in a row, and 28 of the last 29, but J.J. Bean isn’t worried out missing out on the chance at another title.
“I view it as a challenge," says the coach. "The JSL Championship is not going to be, but is that the reason we do swimming, anyway? We do swimming because it’s a fun activity for kids. They get to learn something. They get to learn physical, mental, emotional things.”
A decision on the regular season is still pending.
“We have to figure out how to do that safely," says Bean. "It’s not going to be the same old, same old. It’s going to be us coaches, people, adults reacting to something, and trying to figure out what we can do to make it fun.”
The next board meeting is scheduled for May 3rd.