This weekend’s Potomac Valley Long Course Age Group Championships have been moved to Audrey Moore Rec Center in Annandale after a mechanical malfunction at rendered the pool at Fairland Aquatics Center unusable.
The pool pump motor at Fairland failed Thursday, and until it can be replaced, the pool would be in violation of health code requirements. Meet officials considered postponing the event until next weekend, but were able to secure Audrey Moore thanks to plenty of quick phone calls and the cooperation of Fairfax County Park Authority.
Action was halted in the middle of competition on Thursday, and the 9-10 groups hadn’t swum yet, forcing officials to change the structure of the meet. As a result, it will be a timed meet, meaning the typical format of preliminaries in the morning followed by finals that evening will give way to the top times being determined throughout the day.
Other changes to the schedule include:
- The 800 free relays will be the first event on Friday morning
- The 10 & Under 400 free events were moved to Saturday afternoon
- The remaning 10 & Under events were spread over two sessions (Friday and Sunday)
- The final heats of the 800 Free which were scheduled for Thursday evening will be swum on Sunday
Officials decided against postponing the meet altogether because “we had a lot of 13s and 14s rested, and to have us postpone the meet would not have been fair to them when they are physically and mentally prepared,” said PVS Age Group Vice Chair Bill Marlin.
“Under the circumstances,” Marlin added, “it was a minor miracle that we pulled it off.”