Water Main Break Cancels Some WAC Swim Finals | Athletic Business

Water Main Break Cancels Some WAC Swim Finals

A massive water main break in Houston has cancelled two sessions of the Western Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships.

The WAC was able to hold Thursday morning’s preliminary races before a 12 p.m. water main break at a plant that supplies about half of Houston closed numerous businesses, including the University of Houston, where the WAC Championships are being held.

ABC News reported that the main break, which was less than five minutes from campus, flooded a nearby highway, but no one was injured. The WAC made the decision to treat Thursday’s preliminary races as finals, and had planned on returning to the original schedule for Friday – day three of the four-day meet.

However, the University of Houston remained closed Friday, once again shortening the swimming schedule. The WAC will hold one Friday morning session, treating those events as finals while the Saturday schedule currently remains unchanged.

No fans are being allowed in Houston’s CRWC Natatorium Friday. SwimSwam reported that there was discussion of moving the meet 30 miles north to the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

SwimSwam also reported that Houston Public Works asked the community to conserve water, while mayor Sylvester Turner asked everyone in the city to boil their water in the 24 hours after the main break.

Through the first half of the meet, the Air Force men have a meet-leading 121 points, while Northern Arizona leads the women’s teams with 118 points.

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