As a part of the continued efforts by Paddock and the Greensboro Aquatic Center to improve the facility’s air quality for major meets of which it has become a frequent host, Paddock has brought in what they’re terming a “major event unit.”
This unit is an additional “evacuator” system to the one that has been permanently installed in the building – a system that doesn’t just cycle air in and out, it actually batches entire chunks of chloramine-filled ‘exhaust’ air out of the facility.
SwimSwam’s Mel Stewart is at the meet, and will provide daily air quality updates. As the first finals session of the meet begins, he said that the air quality is great. “It feels and smells like an outdoor pool,” Stewart said, drawing a huge distinction between the recent Women’s NCAA Championships, where the air quality was palpably bad in Minneapolis.
Mel snapped a few pictures of the major events unit, which is mounted on the gutter of the warm up/warm down pool to capture the chloramines where they’re at their thickest – just over the water’s surface.
We will continue to monitor the air as the week goes on, as air quality can certainly deteriorate over the course of a four-day meet. For now, though, with one session complete, all is well in the air in Greensboro.
Paddock is a SwimSwam partner, but has not contributed to this report.