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Charlotte swimmers try to cool pool with 600 pounds of ice

Charlotte swimmers try to cool pool with 600 lbs of ice

Members of the Mecklenburg Swim Association Masters Team try to cool the 88 degree pool at Blakeney Racquet and Swim Club with 600 pounds of ice.
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Members of the Mecklenburg Swim Association Masters Team try to cool the 88 degree pool at Blakeney Racquet and Swim Club with 600 pounds of ice.

The heat wave has warmed outdoor pool water to nearly 90 degrees – almost unbearable for competitive swimmers toiling through a workout.

So members of the the Mecklenburg Swim Association Masters team made a valiant, if ultimately futile, effort on Wednesday to cool the pool at the Blakeney Racquet and Swim Club near Ballantyne.

At 5:15 a.m., Coach Patty Waldron made a a video of the team dumping 600 pounds of ice into the water.

“That’s gonna fix our little problem,” Waldron quipped.

The ice melted in 30 seconds, which one swimmer with a scientific background calculated had the potential to cool the pool by a whopping .20 degrees.

Now, it’s a comfortable 88.

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