Connecticut swim coach reinstated after investigation

- FILE - Indoor swimming pool (WTNH)
- FILE - Indoor swimming pool (WTNH)

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A longtime high school swim coach in Connecticut who was placed on leave when several of his swimmers became sick after practicing in an improperly chlorinated pool has been reinstated.

The Stamford Advocate reports that Rick Lewis, head coach of the Westhill-Stamford girls’ co-op swimming and diving team, as well as his assistant, were reinstated Tuesday after they were cleared of wrongdoing.

They were placed on leave a week ago after allegedly holding a team practice in the unchlorinated pool.

Parents blamed the pool’s condition on poor maintenance. A new custodian has not been certified to dispense chemicals into the pool. A school spokeswoman says steps have been taken to make sure the pool remains properly chlorinated. Some parents called the suspension and resulting investigation an overreaction.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

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