Swim club gets creative with new guards to help protect athletes during pandemic


As it begins getting swimmers back into the pool, an Anchorage swim club is getting creative with its guards against coronavirus, designing and developing its own lane barriers to physically separate athletes.

“Knowing I was unlocking the pool for other people, I had butterflies in my stomach,” said Cliff Murray, who serves as head coach for the Northern Lights Swim Club. “I could hardly sleep the night before. I was very nervous, excited.

“And I wanted everything to go right,” he said. “I wanted everybody to come in and feel like we were doing the right thing.”


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