Two New Jersey high school swimmers appeared on the Fox & Friends TV show to talk about their petition asking New Jersey’s governor to reopen pools.
Jerry Zheng and Andy Moss are high school sophomores who compete for Somerset Hills YMCA. They’ve launched a petition asking New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to reopen pools to competitive swimmers, with about 6100 signatures so far.
“Our swimmers are disciplined enough to return to the pool safely and follow the guidelines outlined by USA Swimming,” Zheng said in the FOX interview, which you can see here.
Zheng and Moss lean heavily on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statement from March, which suggested that there was no evidence that the novel 2019 coronavirus could be spread through chlorinated water. The main risks, then, become person-to-person contact between people within a swimming pool. Clubs in other states have found some blueprints they say minimizes those risks, including keeping athletes to one per lane and having swimmers change and shower at home to avoid sharing locker rooms.
Zheng and Moss run through some of those guidelines, arguing that swimmers’ discipline in training proves they can stay disciplined in following social distancing guidelines if pools are reopened.
“Jerry and I have been competitive swimmers since we were 7,” Moss says. “This is our entire lives. Our mental and physical health has taken a toll.”