How the damage at the Neptune Aquatic Center will impact the boys and girls swimming seasons in the Shore Conference remains to be seen, conference president Keith Lister said Tuesday night.
“The conference would not be impacted until we get beyond Nov. 15, the starting date for our swim meets,” Lister said. “If they can get the work done and satisify everything they need to before that date, there would be little to no impact on the conference. If they go beyond that date, we may have to find some pools in the area that can help fill the void.
“Quite frankly, I don’t know how easy that will be. There are a lot of schools that compete in the sport. There are a lot of schools competing for limited space. There is the potential for this situation to impact a number of persons.
“It has the potential to become a much larger issue if they can’t get it rectified by Nov. 15. You do what you have to do and deal with whatever challenges are ahead.”
A failure of the suspension system holding the ductwork above the pool caused pipes to fail, said Dave Mooij, superintendent of the Neptune Township School District. The pipes fell from the ceiling above the pool. The facility will remain closed for at least two weeks.
Lister said the Shore Conference boys and girls championship meets will take place at the Ocean County YMCA in Toms River in January. The Neptune Aquatic Center has been the site of numerous championship and dual meets over the years.