US Olympic Swimmers Dive Back into Competition with BD's COVID-19 Test

USA Swimming will leverage the BD Veritor Plus System for rapid antigen testing for COVID-19.

June 14, 2021

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USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) have partnered to provide COVID-19 testing at USA Swimming events. Specifically, rapid antigen tests using the BD Veritor Plus System will be conducted at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming as an additional safety measure beyond the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing that will also be a part of USA Swimming’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts. These tests will also be utilized at 2021-2022 USA Swimming events where testing is required.

“USA Swimming has prioritized athlete health and safety during this competitive season, emphasizing COVID- 19 risk mitigation procedures,” USA Swimming Director of Sports Medicine and Science Keenan Robinson said. “BD’s rapid antigen test, combined with a PCR test, will ensure accurate testing, helping keep everyone involved at USA Swimming safe and in the water.”

BD Veritor Plus is a portable, rapid and easy-to-use point-of-care antigen test that detects SARS-CoV-2 – the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – and provides results in just 15 minutes on a simple, digital display. The on-site testing will be administered for USA Swimming by Premier Medical Group USA, a third- party provider that manages end-to-end testing, which will help overcome challenges that accompany testing in non-medical locations.

“We’re thrilled to be the official COVID-19 testing partner of USA Swimming and to play a part in keeping these athletes safe as they look to fulfill their Olympic dreams. We are focused on helping people safely return to the activities they love – including our nation’s top swimmers,” said Dave Hickey, president of life sciences at BD. “We hope this testing with the BD Veritor Plus System gives them peace of mind, so they can focus on being the first touch to the wall and achieving their dreams.”

Throughout the course of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming, more than 2,000 tests using the BD Veritor Plus System will be administered. The tests will also be administered at remaining 2021-2022 USA Swimming events, BD noted.

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