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On July 5, minutes after swimmers left the pool area at Woodrow Wilson High School, an interior wall gave way, strewing bricks over the pool deck and into the water. The collapse—stemming from blizzard damage in 1996—closed the pool at least until next year. With winter swim season starting next month, the Wilson team is scrambling to find another body of water. American University turned the Tigers down, and Wilson is negotiating with the University of the District of Columbia for lap times. The ripples reach other schools, as well: Edmund Burke School and Sidwell Friends both relied on Wilson for lap time. “It’s not just the swim team,” Sidwell Athletic Director Anne Reninger says. “We used it to train our track team and the cross-country team as well.” “I had all the private schools calling me,” says Wilson’s activities director, Eddie Saah. “Now they have no place to go, and we have no place to go.” —Christina Ianzito