Two articles highlight some of the many reasons that Norman should have a year-round swim complex. On September 5, USA Swimming reported on what Memphis is doing to make swim lessons more accessible after the deaths of a 13 year old and a 15 year old in swimming pools. Over 30 community organizations came together to make certain it didn’t happen again. The full story can be found at http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=1&itemid=4710&mid=8712
City of Midland Aquatics, a swim club in Texas, is working towards adding a 50-meter multi-purpose pool to their aquatics complex. The first pool is still in use today, an eight-lane, 25-yard pool. It now includes a competitive pool with a diving tower, aerobic and therapy pools and a gym and therapy center. City of Midland Aquatics also sent two people to compete in the Summer Olympic Trials. http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_48700068-f8b0-5a67-b376-13006737c3aa.html
Look at the similarities between Midland, Texas to Norman. Population? Midland’s is 107,175 (City of Midland, 2010). Norman’s is 110,325 (Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Census Data 2010). Midland’s swim club is 44 years old. Norman’s swim club–Sooner Swim Club- will be 50 years old next year. Midland has a year-round swim complex. Norman does not.