By Melissa Burnham
Last Wednesday the Norwalk McMahon Swim Team returned to the Pat Spinola Natatorium, which has been under construction since the start of summer. Zeus Swim Team followed on Saturday Morning.
The Pool closed in June, sending Zeus to Chelsea Piers, Roton Point, and lastly Staples. Norwalk McMahon faired a little better, spending the entire season at Swim 70 where two home meets were even held.
The problems with the Norwalk High School Pool were endless last June, and no one was particularly surprised with its close. The air circulation was horrible, tiles were falling out of the ground. Worst of all, every couple of months the pool went through “backwash”, which was when the filters would move backwards spewing sand and grit into the pool. What finally sent the pool into construction though, wasn’t any of the problems kids were used to complaining about, but something instead they couldn’t even see, “structural issues”.
Returning to the pool on Wednesday, many had noticed that nothing changed. “The Pool looked the exact same” Emily Reinoso, the Captain of the Swim Team explained. The only thing that had changed were the tiles on the deck near the deep end of the pool. They were clean and whiter than the rest of the tiles in the pool, they looked out of place. Complaints already returned the first practice, “the chlorine was too strong” many of the swimmers commented, it burned their eyes, and nose.
“At least it’s our own pool though, it’s really nice to have a place where we can just be our selves and not have to worry about disturbing other people.” Emily admitted. “Swim 70 was really gracious to let us practice there, but I’m still really excited to have our own bulletin board and pool back.”
Returning to the pool had been long awaited, the coaches of the team even counted down the days until the team returned to its home pool. But was the pool really worth the wait? The water was clean, but for how long would that last? What sort of reconstructions were done? What took 5 months? Home Sweet Home might not necessarily describe the Pat Spinola Pool, but at least it’s a place to practice.