As local and statewide restrictions continue to loosen across Colorado, the CHSAA staff and all of its assistant commissioners continue to work tirelessly in the interest of providing more opportunities for high school activities fans and participants.
Justin Saylor, CHSAA assistant commissioner in charge of boys swimming, has been working with Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, swim committee chair Scott Cohen, and Adams 12 Five Star administrators, and in conjunction with Tri-County Health, for several weeks on the possibility of increasing the number of spectators for the boys swim and dive state championships.
That recent effort resulted in several significant and positive changes to the Season C state meet.
There will now be no limits placed on spectator capacity and athletes, spectators and coaches will all be allowed to remain inside the venue for the duration of the event.
“Over the past few weeks, in conjunction with Adams 12 Schools and Tri-County Health, the CHSAA has advocated for the expansion of both spectators and participants at the 2021 boys swim and dive state championships," Saylor said. "After careful planning with all parties, including swim and dive committee chair Scott Cohen, I am pleased to announce the addition of additional qualifiers in each event across all classifications. The update to the format achieves the goal of increasing opportunities while keeping the integrity of the meet and qualifying processes.”
For both the Class 4A and 5A state finals on June 24-25, the number of qualifying swimmers has also been increased by 50 percent to 30 qualifiers per event.