By Reach for the Wall staff
Another week has passed and the Montgomery County Council / Department of Health and Human Services has held their position on 1 person per lane for lap swimming. This is disappointing for sure, but there is positive news that as of today (Friday) the trends the county are using to make decisions are moving in everyone’s favor…down!
We have been in contact with many coaches, parents, and swimmers from teams that are based in Montgomery County and as a collective, need to continue to lobby our case to the council (and Dr. Gayles) to sway their opinion on safely opening the lap lanes to 4 swimmers while under the supervision of professional swim coaches. In a recent communication sent to Reach for the Wall, we learned that Potomac Valley Swim clubs based in Montgomery County are working together to appeal to the Health Commission and Montgomery County Council to increase the number of swimmers per lane to four.
The meeting is set to occur Tuesday, August 18th!!
The coalition of PVS clubs have asked for your assistance in getting the word out. Please message via Twitter and by email about this issue!
The first objective of the outreach is to inform them of the USA Swimming guidelines and protocols, which allow for a safe and certified swim practice with up to four swimmers per lap lane.
The second objective is to obtain a waiver that would allow competitive swim clubs in Montgomery County to practice with four swimmers per lane.
“We are not asking the county to change its policies on recreation and lap lane swimming, rather we are seeking a waiver for competitive swimming because at this point in time it is considered a more viable option.”
The request is to communicate on social media that Montgomery County can safely allow competitive swim teams to have four swimmers per lane in accordance with USA Swimming guidelines and protocols. Constituents applying political pressure on their elected representatives could help advance the cause.
Below are samples of twitter posts with #hasthtags and the link to Montgomery County Council representative (members at large should hear from all of you).
A sample tweet, which you could send to both the full council and/or just your council representative:
Calling @MoCoCouncilMD to approve @PVSwimming waiver 4/lane. @USASwimming protocol=safe competitive swimming!
#openswimlanesMOCO #competitiveswimming #4perlane #PVSopenswimlanes
When posting, it would be great if you could include a photo with your swimmer in their team attire.
You can find details for your representatives at: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/members/index.html
Gabe Albornoz: Twitter – @albornoz_gabe
Evan Glass – Twitter: @EvanMGlass
Tom Hucker – Twitter: @CmHucker
Will Jawando – Twitter: @willjawando
Sidney Katz – Twitter: @MC_Council_Katz
Nancy Navarro – Twitter: @nancy_navarro
Craig Rice – Twitter: @RicePolitics
Hans Riemer – Twitter: @hansriemer