By Reach for the Wall Staff
Monday, June 22 marks the first day swimmers from the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC) officially return to the water to commence their training since the County closed facilities on March 16. In a notice sent to team members, “We are thrilled to share that RMSC has been granted special permission to begin practices on Monday, June 22. Practices will be held at GISC, KSAC and OSC.” (Germantown Indoor Swim Center, Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, Olney Swim Center). Practices for all groups will also be held at Rockville Swim Center in the outdoor pool. In a separate message to the groups that swim out of the Rockville Swim Center, “An enormous amount of time and effort went into our return to swim. We know that the program is much different now than it was before, however this will be a gradual return to “normal” and we appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we return.”
As stated on their website, RMSC currently has over 80 coaches working with more than 1700 swimmers at 5 sites. RMSC is operated as a joint program between the City of Rockville and Montgomery County Recreation (MCR). Each of the RMSC sites offers a full program for competitive swimmers at every level from mini-team through national caliber.
Montgomery County was last locality in the DMV to allow swimming pools to re-open, so many of the County based club teams were on hiatus until this weekend. We’re glad to see the swimmers are provided the opportunity to return to the pool and get some sense of normalcy back in their daily routines. Hopefully, with adherence to the suggested protocols for reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 , facilities will be able to operate at higher capacities in the coming weeks (Phase 3).