GRAFTON— By now the Grafton Gators Swim Team is typically well into their season, gliding through the waters of city pools throughout the area, hoping to make a top spot in their heats.
However, due to COVID-19 the swim team’s season was over before it ever got started.
As social distancing measures begin to lessen, and youth sports that are considered to be minimal contact gear up to begin their season, with a heavy heart the Gators’ coach recently released a statement regarding the fate of the team’s season.
“At this time there are no plans to go ahead with the summer swim season,” the post read.
It was further revealed that while this decision was a hard one to make, the Gator staff and team members are in full support of the City of Grafton and City Manager Kevin Stead in the matter of keeping Grafton City Pool closed for the season.
“The reasons to keep the pool closed are obvious. As hard as it is, it is in the best interest for the health and safety of our community, and we are in full support of that choice,” the statement indicated.
Additionally, the announcement reiterated the fact that, weeks ago, the decision was made to cancel the North Central West Virginia (NCWV) Summer Championships for 2020.
“As disappointing as this may be, these are the right decisions . Hopefully we will be back to a new kind of ‘normal’ in the near future! Take care Gators, we will miss you,” were the sentiments ending the post.