…No tear gas, but a fair amount of confusion as G’boro’s city championship swim meet moves indoors to the taxpayer-funded Aquatic Center:
The housewarming did not go smoothly, however.
* Races were delayed because of a bottleneck at the staging area in the Special Events Center next door — a problem eased when organizers created separate staging areas for girls and boys.
* Parents who had never been to the aquatics center were lost. Some arrived late, caught in lines of cars waiting to pay $5 to park.
* There was confusion about who was allowed to go where in the natatorium, with swimmers downstairs and spectators upstairs.
“We planned and planned and planned,” a grim-faced Gary Flynn said after untangling the knot of people in the staging area.
An old swimmer myself, I always hated moving indoors to N.C. State’s hot, steamy natatorium for Raleigh’s championship meet and always envied the fact that G’boro’s meet was outdoors. But I realize it’s going to be 100 degrees today……
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