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Phoenix swimmers devastated over pool's planned demolition

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Members of the Phoenix Swim Club and their families are rallying to save a pool set to be closed and demolished. It's on land that's being sold.

Concerned citizens are meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Mountain View church, trying to preserve it.

Dozens of swimmers expected to be there -- the goal is to save the current site of the Phoenix Swim Club.

By this time next year, this Olympic sized pool could be filled in with dirt -- leaving the Phoenix Swim Club without a home. The building and pool is about to be sold to a developer and demolished.

"It upset me, it upset me as a homeowner and it upset me as a swimmer," says Tricia Schaffer.

Brophy bought the land for $1.7 million more than 10 years ago. We're told they may sell it for almost $7 million, then build a new pool on Brophy's campus -- forcing the 500 swimmers who belong to the Phoenix Swim Club to find another pool.

"Hundreds of children not only swim there but play there every day," says Schaffer.

"All of a sudden they just told us one day that it might be closing to real estate," says Megan Klander.

Klander swims at Scottsdale Swim Club 6 days a week for two hours every day.

"It's really nice and I love it so I just hope it doesn't close."

"All the coaches are really nice and it's my favorite part of the day," says Eden Wein.

The developer plans on building new homes on the land, but only if they can rezone it. Right now it has a special use permit only -- allowing non-profit groups like the Phoenix Swim Club to operate.

"There are lots of ways to use the property if Brophy indeed wants to sell it. They could sell it to a buyer who would be interested in continuing with its recreational purpose," says Schaffer.

We tried to reach out to Brophy and the developer. Both were not available due to the holiday.

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