N-O plans first “virtual” swim meets Jan. 28

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 January 2021 at 4:56 pm

With the first day of swim practice scheduled for January 18 (pending final approval by the Section VI Executive Council on Tuesday) Niagara-Orleans League athletic directors have set January 28 as the date for the first meets.

The meets this season will be virtual with each team swimming in its own pool with no spectators. Scores will then be compared by computer program to determine the winner of each individual event and the overall team winners.

Albion and Akron had been looking at the possibility of hosting regular meets but have decided to go with virtual meets.

“It’s the right thing to do right now keeping everyone in their own pool,” said Albion Athletic Director Adam Krenning in noting concerns over the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in the area.

The first meets on the 28th will have Albion vs. Barker, Medina vs. Akron and Roy-Hart vs. Newfane.

The league is looking to have mainly a Tuesday-Thursday- Saturday weekly schedule for the remainder of the 10 meet regular season.

There are also tentative plans to try and hold boys and girls All-League meets at the end of the season.

Roy-Hart is the defending boys and girls champion.