High school athletes need indoor pool

February 3, 2014 

Richland and Hanford high school boys swimmers are hard at work and closing in on postseason meets, but due to lack of indoor facilities in the Tri-Cities, they are forced to host "home" meets at out-of-town pools (first in Ellensburg, then Yakima). And after one recent meet, boys, coaches and parents came home suffering from issues caused by poor air quality which ended up landing a few in the ER and urgent care. We are a community with wonderful sporting facilities scattered throughout our area, but no indoor pool for local athletes to use for competition.

Competitive swimming has been active in our community for many years and high school students (both girls and boys) in Richland and Kennewick have the opportunity to compete in the sport each year. Our teams are district champs, they are representing our community at the 3A & 4A state meet each year, three Richland High School swimmers are state champions, and many local swimmers each year are being recruited to swim at colleges all over the country. Like other high school sports, we think swimming is worth supporting!

TIA POLLICK, Richland

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