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UPDATE: RSTA IM Meet Won’t Happen At Lake Thoreau Pool

by Karen Goff — July 16, 2014 at 9:00 am 0

#1197:  Glade's Maya Berry races to a third-place finish in the Girls 9-10 25-meter Butterfly/Credit: RSTAReston Swim Team Association has decided to postpone Wednesday’s Individual Medley meet at Lake Thoreau Pool.

The meet was moved to Lake Thoreau earlier this week after Lake Newport, Reston Association’s largest pool and the site of big events such as the annual IM and All Star Meets, was closed for emergency repairs last week.

The IM meet attracts swimmers from all RSTA teams. Swimmers of all ages complete a 100-meter individual medley (breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle and butterfly).

Lake Newport will be closed until at least Monday, RA officials said.

“Due to concerns about safety [including parking, traffic and the close proximity to the major thoroughfare of Sunrise Valley Drive during rush hour], and the limitations of this venue to adequately accommodate our RSTA swimmers and families, it was determined, in consideration for our swimmers, to not hold the meet on this date at this location,” an RA spokesman said.

“Alternatives are being considered, but specific plans are not available at this time. We thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Lake Newport’s repair involves a mechanical failure within the main pool pump, including a damaged bracket. The maintenance team has purchased two replacement brackets that are being shipped, but they may not be a guaranteed match to existing components, RA says.

RA is also seeking to replace the entire pump, and that equipment may not arrive for several days.

RA aquatics staff says it will re-evaluate the situation by next Monday. If you have questions, call (703) 435-6530 or email [email protected].

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