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May 19, 2020

Office of the Governor                                                                                  

State Capitol Building

101 N. Carson Street

Carson City, NV 89701

Re: Request to open public and private swimming pools in Phase 2 for supervised swim practice.

Dear Governor Sisolak,

We are writing on behalf of more than 20 non-profit youth, adult, and university swim teams based in Nevada. Over 2,000 families across the state are members of these USA Swimming and United States Masters registered teams. We are requesting that pools in Nevada be open as part of Phase 2 of the Nevada United Roadmap to Recovery for supervised swim practice in both public and private facilities.

We greatly appreciate your thoughtful leadership during these unprecedented times. You have relied on science and data to guide your decision making. USA Swimming, US Masters Swimming, and the teams across Nevada strongly believe we can return to the pool in a safe manner. The science and practical rationale behind our request are as follows:

- Both the CDC and NIH are comfortable that the disease cannot be spread in properly maintained chlorinated water. All teams in Nevada use facilities that are overseen by the local health department and follow strict chlorine guidelines.

- Swimming is inherently a “solo” sport even in a structured team setting. This easily lends itself to practicing and adhering to all social distancing guidelines. Supervised swim practice allows for constant monitoring of the athlete by the coach to ensure safety protocols are always met.

- The physical and mental health of Nevadans is crucial during this challenging time. By allowing structured swim practice to return our team members will once again have access to an activity that provides countless benefits for their overall physical and mental well-being.

- Swim teams, which are accustomed to running structured practices overseen by nationally certified coaches, will work closely with each facility director to create a site-specific plan that prioritizes safety of all participants.

- Some examples of safety measures that can be implemented include:

  • A significantly reduced capacity to allow for proper social distancing.
  • Swimmers will come and leave the pool with their swimsuits on and not use the locker room facilities.
  • A detailed arrival and exit plan to prevent any congregation of swimmers.
  • No equipment will be allowed to be shared among the swimmers.
  • Drinking fountains and other public areas will be off limits to the swimmers thereby dramatically minimizing any level of “high touch” surfaces. The minimal surfaces that are touched will be disinfected after each use.

These are just a few examples of why we believe pools should be reopened and used in a safe manner. USA Swimming has produced a detailed guide to reopen pools (please see attached). Each team will implement the USA Swimming plan and work with the facility, health district, cities, and counties across the state to create a more site-specific plan based on each unique facility. In addition, at least 16 states across the country have successfully opened pools or have set a reopen date prior to June 1.

We are confident that we can keep our athletes and the public safe as they return to the water. The Silver State has a rich swimming history. Our families and swimmers are anxious to return to the pool in a safe and appropriate manner. We ask that you include pools for supervised swim practice in Nevada’s next reopening phase.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Ryan Evans (775 287-6883 and/or evansrenoac@gmail.com).

Sincerely,

 

Bob Hommel

Head Coach

BlueFin Aquatics

Henderson

 

Mike Freeman

Recreation Program Manager, Aquatics

Carson Aquatic Facility

Carson City

 

Kat Matheson

Head Coach

Douglas Dolfins Swim Team

Minden/Gardnerville

 

Erica Phelps

Head Coach

Elko Swim Team

Elko

 

Devonee McCary

Head Coach

Henderson Aquatics

Henderson

 

Vic Hecker

Head Coach

Las Vegas Masters Swim Team

Las Vegas

 

Peter Mavro

Head Coach

Las Vegas Swim Club

Las Vegas

 

Erik Scalise

Head Coach

Northern Nevada Aquatics

Reno/Incline Village/Winnemucca

 

Jim Morefield

Chair

Pacific Swimming Zone 4

Minden

 

Ryan Evans

Head Coach

Reno Aquatic Club

Reno

 

Ron Aitken

Head Coach

Sandpipers of Nevada

Las Vegas

 

Steve Lintz

Head Coach

Sierra Nevada Masters

Reno/Incline Village

 

Darlene Rogers

Swim Coach

Sun City Communities

Las Vegas/Henderson

 

Lorena Diaconescu

Head Coach

Team Rebel Aquatics

Las Vegas

 

Larry Phippen

Head Coach

Tahoe Swim Club

South Lake Tahoe

 

 

 

Michial Polk

Head Coach and President

Boulder City Henderson Swim Team

Boulder City

 

Julie Hardt

Head Coach

Carson Tigersharks

Carson City

 

David Stevenson

President

Douglas Dolfins Swim Team

Minden/Gardnerville

 

Bree O’Neill

Head Coach

Fallon Barracuda Swim Team

Fallon

 

Gwynne Cunningham

Recreation Supervisor, Aquatics

Incline Village Parks and Recreation

Incline Village

 

Karin Wegner

Team Manager

Las Vegas Masters Swim Team

Las Vegas

 

Sharon Weiss

Head Coach

Lakeridge Swim Team

Reno

 

Jonathan Hillmer

Head Coach

North Las Vegas Avengers

North Las Vegas

 

Christine Aramini

President

Reno Aquatic Club

Reno

 

Dave Hoover

Head Coach

Reno High School

Reno

 

John Pettibone

President

Sierra Nevada Masters

Reno/Incline Village

 

Mike Richmond

Head Coach

Sparks Piranhas Swim Team

Sparks

 

Jim Reitz

President

Team Rebel Aquatics/Team Rebel Masters

Las Vegas

 

Ben Loorz

Head Coach

UNLV

Las Vegas

 

Brendon Bray

Head Coach

University of Nevada

Reno

 

Cc:

Marilyn Kirkpatrick, LEAP Chair, Urban Counties

J.J. Goicoechea, LEAP Chair, Rural Counties

Sean Redmond, Western Zone Director, USA Swimming

Joel Schoenfeld, Managing Director of Sports Development, USA Swimming

 

Attachments:

USA Swimming’s “Facility Reopening Messaging and Planning” Guide