Lifeguard shortage could mean reduced hours, closures at many Metro Detroit pools
As we inch closer and closer to Memorial Day weekend, many pools in Metro Detroit are opening up for the summer season -- but they need more lifeguards and fast. If they don’t get help, it could mean reduced hours or closures.
Ann Arbor public pools to maintain limited capacity through Memorial Day weekend
Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial pools will be updating their operating procedures for the summer following recent announcements from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
SPOTLIGHT: Talented swimmer places 1st in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events
Dilger has been swimming competitively since he was 6 years old and currently spends around 5-6 days per week in the pool. His favorite category is Freestyle, both sprint and distance events. This year, he placed 1st in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events at the Macomb County Championships. “Both events have completely different mindsets and physical demands which require strategy and endurance.”Like many high school athletes, the pandemic has brought difficult times and the pause of their sport. For Dilger, the past fifteen months have been difficult in and out of the pool.
City of Ann Arbor to open all three outdoor pools this summer
ANN ARBOR – The outdoor public pools at Fuller Park, Buhr Park and Veterans Memorial Park will be open this summer, the city of Ann Arbor announced in an email to its pool users on Tuesday. The city opened Fuller Park pool last summer at a very limited capacity for lap swimming to ensure social distancing while the Buhr and Vets pools remained closed. In order to provide safe programming this year, swim lessons and day camps will take place at designated pools. All three pools will be offering family spaces and lap lanes by reservation as well as bungee swimming opportunities at Fuller and Buhr. (City of Ann Arbor)Reservation systemAfter receiving considerable feedback over challenges with last year’s reservation system at Fuller Park Pool, the new system aims to improve user experience.
Judge denies injunction request by MSU women’s swimmers
EAST LANSING, Mich. – A federal judge has denied a request by members of Michigan State’s women’s swimming and diving team for an injunction in their attempt to prevent the school from dropping the program. AdThe request for a preliminary injunction was filed last month and sought to restrain the school from eliminating the women’s varsity swimming and diving team — or any other women’s teams or athletic participation opportunities. The plaintiffs contended Michigan State was in violation of Title IX and had a history of failing to comply with Title IX’s athletic participation opportunity requirements. Michigan State announced in October it was dropping swimming and diving teams for men and women after the 2020-21 season, citing a financial crisis. Iowa recently said it wouldn't drop its women's swimming and diving program after it had been among four sports the school planned to eliminate.
Michigan swim clubs in limbo as pandemic limits access to indoor pools
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Swimming is one of the safest athletic activities during the pandemic, but some who practice the sport feel stuck. This situation has some local swim clubs left with very few options. While girls high school swimming just wrapped up, Michigan club teams swim all year round. Justine Murdock who swims for Atlantis swimming club never thought she would have trouble finding a place to practice. Her coach says swim practice is safe and socially distant but the problem is most pool club teams that practice in Michigan are in high schools which have been closed.
‘Let us compete’: U-M student athletes call to lift COVID shutdown
ANN ARBOR – A coalition of student athletes at the University of Michigan are calling for the 14 day shutdown of athletics to be lifted. Now, student athletes are speaking out and have launched a petition to MDHHS to resume practices and competitions. We trust the guidance and leadership of those in charge of the health and safety of Michigan student-athletes. Given the University’s knowledge of the situation surrounding the athletic department, should a total shutdown have been necessary, it should have come from the University of Michigan leaders. The student-athletes at the University of Michigan stand united in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping every member of our community safe.