Friday, April 30, 2021

COVID Medical Advisory Group Update


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. COVID Medical Advisory Group Update

by Connor Bran, NCAA

"The NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group has updated its recommendations for COVID-19 testing for college sports, noting fully vaccinated student-athletes and other Tier 1 individuals with no COVID-19-like symptoms may be exempt from routine testing.

Tier 1 individuals are those with the highest risk of exposure at championships and include team travel parties and officials. Student-athletes and other Tier 1 participants who are not vaccinated must continue to undergo testing at NCAA championships.

This new policy will be effective starting May 1 for NCAA Championships that have not started, or the next round of competition for those championships that are already underway.

If there is evidence of substantial or high transmission in the community, or if there are COVID-19 variants that escape the effect of the vaccine, then testing may need to resume for fully vaccinated individuals. Such decisions will be made in conjunction with local public health authorities and/or federal guidance."

>> The Big Picture: "Further, fully vaccinated student-athletes and other Tier 1 individuals with no COVID-19-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work or get tested after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The updated testing guidance also applies to Tier 2 and 3 individuals who may be subject to testing protocols at member schools and championships. Tier 2 individuals are considered at moderate risk to exposure and may include administrators, security, event staff and league staff. Tier 3 individuals make up the lowest tier of risk to exposure and may include housekeeping, catering, sanitation, transportation, media and broadcast workers."

>> Reality Check: "As the logistics of differentiating vaccinated from nonvaccinated individuals at events remains challenging, the NCAA will continue its policy of universal masking and physical distancing for championships with the exception of student-athletes and officials during competition or practice."

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2. All-America

Kendall Sosa - 2020-21 - Women's Basketball - Illinois Wesleyan University  Athletics

The WBCA and have released their 2021 All-America women's basketball teams.

WBCA First Team

F-Shannon Devitt, TCNJ
G-Kiera Downey, Rhodes
G/F-Nicole Heffington, John Carroll
F-Kaylee Otlowski, Salisbury
G-Leah Porath, UW-Oshkosh
G-Kenedy Schoonveld, Hope
G-Kendall Sosa, Illinois Wesleyan
F-Leah Springer, Messiah
F-Jenna Taylor, Simpson
F/C-Olivia Voskuil, Hope

Player of the Year: Kendall Sosa, Illinois Wesleyan
Coach of the Year: Brian Morehouse, Hope

>> Complete Release First Team
G-Kendall Sosa, Illinois Wesleyan
G-Leah Porath, UW-Oshkosh
G-Kiera Downey, Rhodes
F-Jenna Taylor, Simpson
F-Nicole Heffington, John Carroll

>> Complete Team


3.  Selection Monday
The championship fields for women's lacrosse and men's and women's golf will be announced on Monday. Here is what to you need to know.

Lacrosse (W)
Field Size (37 teams) - 33 AQ, 1 Pool B, 3 Pool C
Who's In: Notre Dame, Md. (CSAC), George Fox (NWC), Rhodes (SAA)

Championship Games
  • Atlantic East: Cabrini vs. Marymount
  • Centennial: #1 F&M vs. #5 Gettysburg
  • C2C: #4 Salisbury vs. #20 Christopher Newport
  • CCIW: Carroll vs. Chicago
  • CCC: Endicott vs. Roger Williams
  • GNAC: Emmanuel vs. Johnson and Wales
  • HCAC: Hanover vs. Transylvania
  • Landmark: #6 Catholic vs. Scranton
  • Liberty: #7 Ithaca vs. #19 William Smith
  • Little East: Plymouth State vs. Western Connecticut
  • MAC Commonwealth: #12 Messiah vs. #13 York
  • MAC Freedom: FDU Florham vs. Stevens
  • MASCAC: Framingham vs. Westfield
  • Michigan: Saint Mary's vs. Hope
  • MWLC: Hamline vs. Northwestern
  • NECC: Becker vs. Elms
  • NESCAC: #3 Tufts vs. #11 Wesleyan
  • NEWMAC: Babson vs. Springfield
  • NJAC: #15 TCNJ vs. #23 Montclair State
  • NAC: Cazenovia vs. Husson
  • NCAC: #9 Denison vs. Wooster
  • NEAC: Lancaster Bible vs. Morrisville State
  • NACC: Aurora vs. Concordia Chicago
  • Ohio: John Carroll vs. Mount Union
  • Presidents: Thiel vs. Washington & Jefferson
  • Skyline: Farmingdale State vs Merchant Marine
  • SUNYAC: #14 Brockport vs. #17 Cortland
  • USA South: Meredith vs. Piedmont
Semifinals (Fri.), Final (Sun.) - Empire 8, ODAC

Golf (W)
Field Size (25 teams) - 22 AQ, 1 Pool B, 2 Pool C, 6 individuals
Who's In: Dubuque (American Rivers), #8 Texas-Dallas (ASC), Marymount (Centennial), #16 Illinois Wesleyan (CCIW), Rose-Hulman (HCAC), Catholic (Landmark), #25 Saint Mary's (Michigan), #5 George Fox (Northwest), #12 W&L (ODAC), Westminster (Presidents), #3 Centre (SAA), #1 Redlands (SCIAC)

Ranked Teams Looking for Pool B Bid: #2 Methodist, #4 Carnegie Mellon, #9 UC Santa Cruz, #10 Emory
Ranked Teams Looking for Pool C Bid: #7 Mary Hardin-Baylor, #14 Rhodes, #15 Cal Lutheran, #17 Berry, #18 Chapman

Golf (M)
Field Size (37 teams) - 31 AQ, 3 Pool B, 3 Pool C
Who's In: PSU Behrend (AMCC), #18 Mary Hardin-Baylor (ASC), F&M (Centennial), Rosemont (CSAC), Western New England (CCC), Utica (Empire 8), Albertus Magnus (GNAC), York (MAC Commonwealth), Stevens (MAC Freedom), #25 Aurora (NACC), Penn College (NEAC), Whitworth (NWC), #1 Guilford (ODAC), Westminster (Presidents), Sewanee (SAA), Chapman (SCIAC), Webster (SLIAC), #6 Piedmont (USA South)

Ranked Teams Looking for Pool B Bid: #4 Emory, #7 Carnegie Mellon, #8 Trinity (Texas), #16 Christopher Newport
Ranked Teams Looking for Pool C Bid: #2 Methodist, #3 Huntingdon, #9 W&L, #10 Pfeiffer, #11 Greensboro, #13 McMurry, #14 Averett, #15 LaGrange


4.  Regional Rankings
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Atlantic South

1-Emory, 2-Mary Washington, 3-Johns Hopkins
S: 1-Gonzalez-Rico, Emory. D: 1-Gonzalez-Rico/Chang, Emory

1-Kenyon, 2-Washington U., 3-Case Western
S: 1-Paolucci, Case Western. D: Beshentseva/Oku, Kenyon

1-Wesleyan, 2-Tufts, 3-Middlebury
S: 1-Bukzin, Amherst. D: Dorr/Garrido, Tufts

1-Southwestern, 2-Trinity, 3-Texas-Dallas
S: 1-Mitrofanova, Southwestern. D: 1-Joseph/Wong, Texas-Dallas

>> Complete Rankings


Atlantic South
1-Emory, 2-N.C. Wesleyan, 3-Carnegie Mellon
S: 1-Cassone, Emory. D: 1-Dias/Blonquist, Southern Virginia

1-Case Western, 2-Washington U., 3-Chicago
S: 1-Hopper, Case Western. D: Hopper/Chen, Case Western

1-Williams, 2-Brandeis, 3-Tufts
S: 1-Sorkin, Tufts. D: Kam/Chung, Williams

1-Trinity, 2- Southwestern, 3-George Fox
S: 1-Krimbill, Trinity. D: 1-Martinez/Daniell, McMurry

5.  Vaccine Update

As colleges look toward the fall-2021 semester, they’re grappling with whether to require — or just strongly encourage — students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Here’s a chart of institutions that have decided to issue blanket vaccination requirements of all students, students living on campus, and/or employees.

  • California: Caltech, Claremont-M-S, Pomona-Pitzer
  • Colorado: Colorado College
  • Connecticut: Wesleyan
  • DC: Trinity Washington
  • Georgia: Emory
  • Indiana: DePauw, Saint Mary's
  • Iowa: Grinnell
  • Massachusetts: Amherst, Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Emerson, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Lasell, MCLA, Massachusetts Maritime, Mount Holyoke, Salem State, Smith, Tufts, Westfield State, Williams, Worcester State
  • Maine: Bowdoin
  • Maryland: Johns Hopkins, Salisbury
  • Minnesota: Carleton, Macalester
  • Missouri: Washington U.
  • New Jersey: Drew, Fairleigh Dickinson, Montclair Sate, NJCU, Rutgers, Stevens
  • New York: Hamilton, Ithaca, Manhattanville, NYU, Rensselaer, Rochester, Sarah Lawrence, Vassar
  • North Carolina: Brevard
  • Ohio: Kenyon
  • Oregon: Lewis & Clark, Willamette
  • Pennsylvania: Bryn Mawr, Haverford
  • Rhode Island: Roger Williams
  • Tennessee: Maryville
  • Virginia: Mary Baldwin, Virginia Wesleyan
  • Washington: Whitman
  • Wisconsin: Lawrence
>> Complete List

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