Norman swim back at OU pool


Meridith Mulkey

Both Norman high school swim teams and the Sooner Swim Club are back at the Murray Case Sells Swim Complex after almost a month.

The teams were unable to use the pool due to a temporary closing for maintenance after the water heater broke. This left the teams in search of a new practice facility. Luckily, the only other indoor pool in Norman offered its services.

“The Y opened its doors for us which was really nice because we don’t fit there at all,” Norman swim coach Kent Nicholson said.

Although the YMCA pool was not ideal for the teams they made it work.

“They keep their water temperature at 88 degrees, which is hard to workout in,” Nicholson said.

The availability and size of the pool also created problems for the teams. They had to cut down on and move back practice times. These changes made it hard on the swimmers and parents who had to completely rearrange their schedules.

“A lot of our team just didn’t practice for a while,” Alva Brockus, the Sooner Swim Club board chair, said.

While the teams were able to workout the kinks and practice, the closing of the OU pool came at an inconvenient time. All three teams were preparing for regionals when the pool closed.

Now back in a familiar pool, the Norman swim teams are getting ready for state competition.


Sooner Swim Club practicing Wednesday night at the Murray Case Sells Swim Complex.