Section VI gives OK to start swim season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 January 2021 at 5:08 pm

The Section VI Executive Council voted today to allow practice for Low-Moderate Risk winter sports to begin as planned on January 18 which for Niagara-Orleans League schools involves boys and girls swimming.

“We’re a go for Monday. We’re all good,” said Roy-Hart Athletic Director John Grzymala who is a member of the Executive Council.

With teams able to start practice on the 18th the N-O has scheduled its first meets for January 28 with Albion vs. Barker, Medina vs. Akron and Roy-Hart vs. Newfane.

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

The league will have a Tuesday-Thursday- Saturday weekly schedule for the remainder of the 10 meet regular season.

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

“We are excited to begin the winter season for the low to moderate risk sports,” Section President Brett Banker said in a press release. “We are very excited for our athletes, coaches and families. Athletes across our region will be able to return to something that is so important to them.”

However, the Executive Committee added the High Risk winter sports of basketball, wrestling and cheerleading remain on pause pending “further direction from Governor Cuomo’s office.”

“We welcome and are ready to begin High Risk sports as soon as we receive approval from Albany,” Banker continues. “Members of the Executive Committee are confident that member schools, athletic directors, coaches and athletic trainers can provide the same safer and nurturing experiences that we did in the highly successful fall season.”