Cover Reels found Floating in Acalanes Pool Sunday Morning

By Bennett Baker, Print Editor-in-Chief

// Two of the Acalanes Heaston Aquatic Center’s three pool cover reels were found in the pool Sunday morning.

The reels, each holding three of the nine $1,200 pool covers are assumed to have been pushed into the pool as they are too heavy to have been blown into the pool by the wind.



One of the reels was floating in the middle of the pool, upside down, wheels in the air, bumping up against the lane line holding the water polo cage in place.






The other was high-centered on the edge of the pool, leaning into the water. It appears that whomever pushed the reel into the pool was unable to get the reel completely into the water once the reel got stuck on the edge of the pool.



Fortunately for Acalanes, the Heaston Aquatic Center is surrounded by surveillance cameras. Acalanes Union High School District Aquatics Coordinator Andrew Morris will be able to review the footage to find out exactly who is behind the stunt.

Around 11 am Sunday morning, two of the Acalanes Water Polo coaches showed up at the pool, along with one of the Acalanes custodians.

According to Boy’s Varsity Water Polo Co-Head Coach Russ Stryker, one of his players who had heard that the reels were in the pool texted him in the morning, informing him of the unusual situation.

Acalanes Custodian Ricardo Verduzco heard about the incident from another of Acalanes’ custodians, and was surprised to hear that the pool tarps had been thrown into the pool.

“I looked for myself,” Verduzco said. “I was pretty shocked.”

The three began the process of removing the reels from the pool, starting with the reel which was stuck on the edge of the pool.

“The reels themselves are pretty light,” Stryker said, adding that the weight comes from the tarps themselves. “So we just pulled the covers off and then pulled the reels out with 3 or 4 guys.”


According to Verduzco, the process of unrolling the tarps and then pulling the reels out of the pool wasn’t too difficult, it was just a hassle. Having to address the incident disrupted an otherwise relaxing Sunday morning.

“I wasn’t expecting on a Sunday morning to come down and jump in the water,” Stryker said.

No events were cancelled due to the incident.

“We have practice tomorrow morning but we wanted to take care of it today so we didn’t have to interrupt our practice,” Stryker said.

Towards the deep end of the pool, scratches in the concrete indicate the location where the first reel was pushed into the water.

The reel stuck over the edge of the pool also scratched the concrete, leaving marks beneath where it rested. The reel is also bent along the bottom from the weight of the tarps.


Custodian Ricardo Verduzco and one of the Acalanes Water Polo coaches struggle to pull the reel out of the water. The reel bent over the edge of the pool. Stryker, from underwater, helped push the reel out of the water. (Photos by Natalie Starczewski, Bluepint Head Photog)

A similar incident recently occurred at Mount Tamalpais High School, although in order to get those reels out of the pool, a crane had to be used. At Acalanes, however, the reels were removed by hand.

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