Drained pool cannot drain spirits


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Junior Jessica Wei lines up with her teammates along the wall for the start of the game swim off. The players smile because it is their first game in the home pool after the draining and refilling process. The game was against Princeton and all Sycamore teams won that day.

Lauren Shassere

After a Boys Varsity Water Polo game against Mason it was discovered that one of the players from the Mason team had injured himself by cutting his foot on broken glass on the bottom of the pool. The glass came from one of the pool lights that had shattered without anyone’s prior knowledge. The injured athlete later was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

In response to this incident, the pool was drained so that the light could be repaired and glass removed from the bottom of the pool, making it safe to play again. Unfortunately, through this reparation process, the team’s final home tournament had to be cancelled and practices during reparation could then only consist of ‘dry land’ activities.

“Some of us were upset at first because of the tournament cancellation, but for the most part I didn’t mind. It was for our safety that the pool was drained. Also, I liked switching our practices up for a bit,” junior Paige Par said.

Although upsetting a few of the athletes (seniors in particular) they attempted to make it work by continuing practices with a dry-land strengthening sort of setting. It is understood that the pool was drained for both their safety and that of other teams that they play preventing any more injuries.