David Marsh Posts ‘Urgent Request’ To CA Gov. Gavin Newsom to Reopen Pools

In a video posted to Twitter Saturday, 2016 Olympic head coach David Marsh made a plea to California Governor Gavin Newsom to allow pools to re-open amid the COVID-19 pandemic under social distancing guidelines.

Marsh’s professional team, Team Elite, is based in San Diego. Some members of the team, including Kathleen Baker, have been working out in a local two-lane 22-yard backyard pool with Marsh and assistant coach Javier Sossa on deck.

Marsh is also the director of Team Elite’s developmental arm, TE Stingrays, which practices at the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla under normal circumstances.

“We can do it very safely in a controlled manner with coaches and lifeguards making sure physical distance is taken care of,” Marsh says. “I also want you to know that with the chlorine and the UVs, it’s one of the safest places you can be, and we will take good care of our time and be super careful.”

The video has 31,000 views and nearly 200 retweets as of Monday morning. In the replies, Marsh posted a link to USA Swimming’s recommendations for facility reopenings, and says that “many would argue” that swimming is essential (or at least worthy of “Stage 2” reopening).

California’s reopening plan has four stages, with Stage 1 already complete in some counties – but not in San Diego. Stage 2 includes the gradual reopening of retail (curbside pickup only), child care, manufacturing & logistics, and some outdoor activities. Those outdoor activities so far include golf and tennis, but not pool swimming.

A handful of states around the U.S. have begun reopening pools at a limited capacity or plan to do so in the near future. In California, some club teams – including Mark Schubert‘s Mission Viejo – have been able to appeal to local government and get approved to return to practicing under heavy restrictions.

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Concerned Swimmer
1 year ago

Is this so he can continue to use the La Jolla Jewish Community Center pool space for Team Elite, even though no Israelis are currently in San Diego? According to the article below, the ISA confirmed only 3 Israelis have been coached by David Marsh on a regular basis (Meiron Cheruti, Andrea Murez, and Anastasia Gorbenko). All while according to the article below, he makes over $200,000 a year from the ISA.

https://www.shvoong.co.il/המשתכר-הגדול-בספורט-האולימפי-הישראלי/134068/

From the article: “But Marsh enjoys the Israeli connection in another way. After the University of San Diego stopped hiring about two years ago, Marsh began using the local Jewish Community Center pool as a major training facility… Read more »

Admin
Reply to  Concerned Swimmer
1 year ago

Concerned Swimmer – as we told you when you brought this story to us, it’s not one that we’re interested in reporting based on you as a single anonymous source.

If you would like to go on the record with your accusations, we’re happy to discuss the story further with you.

Thanks,
Braden

Concerned Swimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

The reporting was done by the largest, most credible sporting newspaper in Israel. Generally speaking, you report swimming news from around the world, especially when other countries publish news. This has nothing to do with accusations. Rather, the article should have been translated like every other swimming article, as the ISA did not say the information was false in their quote. Let the readers decide if they believe it or not.

Marshmallow
Reply to  Concerned Swimmer
1 year ago

It’s pretty obvious that the article linked above includes only information from Aaron Greenberg, and they probably don’t have a good understanding of how little credibility he has within his own community.

Also, is shvoong.co.il the largest, most credible sporting newspaper in Israel? I’ve never heard of it, and just spent a few minutes trying to research it and haven’t found anything that indicates it’s credible.

Swim&PoloDad
Reply to  Marshmallow
1 year ago

It’s pretty obvious that the article linked above is in Hebrew. Sadly, my Hebrew is non-existent. Not sure what the issue is anyway, my daughter went to acting classes at the SF Jewish Community Center for years. Don’t think any of the kids in the program were Israelis, and probably only a couple that were Jewish . . . .

Regardless, I hope Marsh is successful and the pools are reopened soon.

Aaron Greenberg
Reply to  Marshmallow
1 year ago

Marshmallow — If you read it in Hebrew you’d realise the article wasn’t about me at all, and the reporter actually said in the article that the information was taken from many sources. I did not provide quotes in that article, nor is the article about me. The only quote taken was from the Israeli Swimming Association. I personally have no comment regarding the article, nor do I have any accusations I would like to make.

Your credibility comment is not only untrue, but completely unsubstantiated and frankly a poorly executed personal attack. The second you pretended that the article was about me, you lost all credibility.

By the way, Shvoong has the broadcasting rights to Israeli Swimming for… Read more »

Swim Parent
Reply to  Aaron Greenberg
1 year ago

Sounds like Marshmallow is just a troll

Israeliswimmer
Reply to  Aaron Greenberg
1 year ago

Still trying to get a handle on this. Aaron – there seems to be a text message screenshot in the article from Marsh removing you from his training group. And yet you say that the article has nothing to do with you, nor did you have anything to do with the article.

The text message seems to have been sent to only one person, which is you.

So…help us understand how that screenshot got in there if you were uninvolved in this?

You must admit that you’ve been on the Israel Swimming Facebook pages complaining about how they spend their money lately. That much is public and we can all see it’s true.

SwimFan49
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Sorry, I must be dense, but I am missing the substance of the “accusation.” Why am I supposed to care?

Xman
Reply to  SwimFan49
1 year ago

I think that concern swimmer is against American coaches selling there services to not American buyers. He must not support American free trade and enterprise.

Taa
Reply to  SwimFan49
1 year ago

It appears that he is accused of using his Israeli coaching status to procure pool time for team elite at a Jewish community center. This guy also believes that Marsh is overpaid for what he is providing to Israeli swimming. I don’t think anyone in America cares. Maybe there some old Jewish lady who is being denied her early morning aqua aerobics class and it’s this guys mother.

Bad policies
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

It has more to do with pushing another team out who had leased there for a long time and had good ties with the community. Marsh should go back to NC.

Corn Pop
Reply to  SwimFan49
1 year ago

Something to do with anti *ionism is my guess.

swimfast
Reply to  Concerned Swimmer
1 year ago

imho if both parties benefit then who really cares. being overcompensated isn’t his fault. i’m going on a limb and with absolute all due respect *one of* the community center’s highest and best uses (not the only one, but as i said one of) is accommodating Marsh & co

Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Hope this initiative is successful!

Wuhan Jimmy
1 year ago

It would be nice for all current and past Olympic swimming coaches to call for opening pools up (safely, of course).

I feel sad for the children. As things stand now in many parts of the country, many kids are going to miss out on a summer of baseball and t-ball games, swimming practices and meets, judo matches, and soccer skill development camps.

HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago
HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

Even CNN getting downvoted. Tough crowd 🙂 sorry, I will keep posting even if you don’t like it.

Bigswimdude
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

We’re downvoting it not necessarily because it’s CNN, but it’s political chitchat that has no relevancy to this topic and article. If you want to advertise this type of thing here, nobody frankly cares because Swimswam is not the right place to do it. Grow up

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Bigswimdude
1 year ago

I wish it were just political chatter. But really it’s how we are making all our current decisions. In today’s age, it’s very relevant. Swim community is highly educated in general and mostly free from the collateral damage of these current policies. When I see the tide turning, I’ll stop posting.

Bigswimdude
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

Your argument would make sense if it were an informative video, but it’s 5 minutes of some guy’s opinion about the virus. I can’t see how it’s relevant at all.

Having said all that, if you still think it’s the “right thing to do” to spam these videos on Swimswam, there really isn’t much point of me trying to tell you otherwise anymore

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Bigswimdude
1 year ago

Some posters kept posting again and again how there were going to be 3000 deaths a day by the end of May or that everyone in Georgia and Florida were going to die based on opinion pieces from CNN. I feel it’s important to look at the motivation behind people’s opinions. That may be uncomfortable for some and that’s fine.

I’ve seen plenty of things posted based on opinion only.

Entgegen
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

So if you’re agreeing that things are posted based on opinion only, then why are you posting such things as if they are factual news?

cynthia curran
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

Forget comment

Taa
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

Do you see the irony of Fareed himself being elitist and trying to impose his opnion on everyone just like your typical liberal media minion tries so hard to do?

swimfast
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

no, it’s about getting kids back in the pool. period. literally 0 relevance to politics. give kids a lane, give them a chance

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  swimfast
1 year ago

Bet to differ as politicians are making many decisions. Reread the headline of the story again.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

Stop with your class warfare propaganda.

swimfast
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

lol imagine believing CNN is real news

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  swimfast
1 year ago

It’s not news at all. That’s why I posted it for the doom And gloomers who use it to fearmonger. To show them how preposterous their position is.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago
Gator
1 year ago

Approach should be local, zip code by zip code. The idea of making a one size fits all for CA is just plain stupid. Many areas should have been open already while others should be handled by local authorities

Admin
Reply to  Gator
1 year ago

Sounds like they’re doing that as of the last few hours. Though, not quite to the zip-by-zip level, which would be logistically really challenging because 1) most people don’t know when they’ve crossed a zip-code line, 2) many zipcodes are really small and this would be a super inefficient way of tracking data, and 3) there’s no zipcode authority. But, I get your point ;-).

Tm71
1 year ago

Mr Marsh is barking up the wrong tree. To paraphrase a surfer during last weekends protest in my hometown of Huntington Beach “Gavin don’t swim”

openup
1 year ago

but MVN is practicing … why are they so special?

Guerra
Reply to  openup
1 year ago

I’ll tell you why. Like him or not, the great Mark Schubert is a leader and he’s not going to let “mamby pamby” politicians and governing bodies (like USA Swimming) tell him what to do. More people in swimming, if they’re able to, should follow his lead. Look at what happened at the gym in New Jersey today. The owner told the mayor to “stick it” and opened up anyway and the police came out and were laughing about it and didn’t do anything. In Chicago, one of the places right smack dab in the middle of the idiocy, over 100 churches opened up against orders and ran in person services. The logical people are in the majority. So be… Read more »

Entgegen
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

March Schubert got special permission from the government to open up. He didn’t openly rebel against governing bodies. Politicians don’t know the full scenario with swim clubs, so just asking kindly and showing that they can open up safely convinces them.

Do you think it looks good on your resume to be labeled as a rebel against the government?

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Entgegen
1 year ago

Thomas Sowell said: “People will forgive you for being wrong, but they will never forgive you for being right—especially if events prove you right while proving them wrong.”

JimSwim22
Reply to  openup
1 year ago

MV’s mayor is Brian Goodell… Olympic Hold Medal Swimmer

Tm71
Reply to  JimSwim22
1 year ago

Because the mayor isn’t a partisan hack like most politicians are

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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