Future of Old Town High School pool under debate

Posted April 06, 2011, at 8:45 p.m.
Last modified April 06, 2011, at 9:22 p.m.

For 42 years, the swimming pool attached to Old Town High has been the aquatic center for the community.

The facility, built originally as an indoor/outdoor structure,  has been the home for Old Town High boys and girls swimming teams. It also was home to the Canoe City Swim Club, an age-group program comprised of swimmers from Old Town and surrounding communities.

The achievements of both Old Town High swimming and Canoe City are chronicled throughout Maine swimming annals.

The pool has served as a resource, offering a variety of aquatic programs though affiliations with the recreation department, the YMCA and the school department.

A recent report said there have been 10,000 swims in the six-lane pool since September 2010.

The question being asked in Old Town by municipal and community leaders is, what role does the facility have in providing for the aquatic interests of the community?

Some people in Old Town have questioned whether the facility has any role in the community.

There will be an opportunity for citizens to speak on this issue Thursday at 7 p.m. at Old Town City Hall.

In 1969, Old Town municipal and civic leadership created a vision and charted a mission providing for the multiple and varied aquatic interests of the community. Their planning, commitment and investment  in building the pool have enabled Old Town to meet the aquatic interests and needs of the citizens at a level unique among most Maine communities.

Now, municipal and civic leaders, along with the community, have the responsibility — as was accepted more than four decades ago by the leadership and citizens of Old Town — of shaping a vision and defining the mission for continuing to satisfy the interests of a community with a rich tradition of aquatics.

Nolan continues superb swims

David Nolan, the high school swimmer from Pennsylvania who last month set national records at the state meet, continued to swim at record pace last week at a regional meet.

The senior, swimming for Hershey Aquatics, sped to a 46.9 100-yard butterfly, a time faster than the national high school record. However, since Nolan was not representing a high school at the meet, it is not considered an interscholastic record.

Nolan also stroked an impressive 54.9 in the 100 breaststroke.

Batson speedy for La Salle

Ellsworth’s Brian Batson, a sophomore swimmer at La Salle University, raced for the Explorers at the Atlantic 10 Championships in the 800 free relay and split a 1:44.4.

The Explorers finished fifth in the relay and third in the meet.

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