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Only officials were allowed on the pool deck during the Capital City Swim League meet at Crawfish Aquatics in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. All other swimmers and coaches had to remain in assigned team areas and wear masks.

The LHSAA informed member schools on Tuesday that  the LHSAA's annual swimming championships set for Nov. 18-21 will not be held in Sulphur after two hurricanes hit the southwest Louisiana area.

LHSAA assistant executive director Michel Federico said he hopes a new site can be determined by the end of this week or early next week at the latest. He said the LHSAA is awaiting information from four possible sites before making its decision.

"We understand that there is a short time frame and we are doing everything we can to make a decision as quickly as possible," Federico said. "We know schools need to make hotel and travel arrangements as soon as possible.

"The end of the week is not a hard and fast deadline, but I hope we can get it done. This is such an unusual situation and we decided it to open it up to any other sites interested in hosting."

The letter sent to schools also extended thoughts and prayers to the Lake Charles/Sulphur communities as they continue to rebuild following hurricanes Laura and Delta. Sulphur's SPAHR Aquatic Center has been the site of the LHSAA swim meet since 2007.


Email Robin Fambrough at rfambrough@theadvocate.com