By Kelsey Merriam. The incident occurred at the Wayzata High School girls swim teamâ€™s locker room at Lifetime Fitness in Plymouth, in late September. After practice on a Saturday morning, the swimmers locked the strap of their swimsuits into the combination locks; this is done regularly to allow for air-drying. They arrived Monday and found all the swimsuits missing. â€œThe team initially thought I was doing it as a prank. I donâ€™t know why. I was angry,â€ said Coach Elizabeth Miles.
The original assumption was that someone cut the swimsuits; upon later investigation the team could not find additional swimsuits, swim caps, and goggles kept inside the lockers. Nothing appeared wrong with the locks. â€œAll of my suits inside [my locker] were stolenâ€¦,â€ Alex Alviani (10) said. â€œâ€¦People had gotten into the lockers,â€ said Miles. â€œThe people had also taken shampoo and squirted it all over toilet seats.â€
â€œIt is still under investigation. Weâ€™re reviewing surveillance video and trying to identify suspects. I wish I could give you more information, but that is where it is at,â€ said WHS Resource Officer Michael Passig. â€œThey are reviewing tapes, but they can not fast forward. They have to watch it in real time, so that is like sixteen hours worth of tape,â€ said captain, Emma Cisneros (12).
â€œEveryone was really surprised. This is my fourth year and nothing has ever been stolen,â€ said captain, Rachel Path (12). The swimmers checked the lost and found at Lifetime and found nothing. â€œWe were really shocked. Some girls were crying, and suits are pretty expensive. We were really mad and wanted to figure out who did it,â€ said Cisneros. Due to cleaning, the locker room was left unlocked when the team arrived Monday. Now the coach is the only one with a key, â€œEven us, captains, are not allowed to have a key,â€ added Cisneros.
Although the locker room is designated for WHS swimmers, divers, synchronized swimmers, and coaches exclusively, any member of Lifetime can enter the pool area and potentially sneak in. â€œ[The theft] may not even be school related. The police have not told me anything,â€ said Miles. â€œWho would want thirty-four used swimsuits? That is disgusting,â€ she said.
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