BERKELEY, California, October 1. As life returned to normal on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley today after a power outage and explosion prompted evacuations Monday night, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams also returned to their regular routines at the Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Men’s swimming head coach Dave Durden told Swimming World today that afternoon swim practice ended at 3:30 p.m. yesterday, about an hour before the campus-wide power outage. With no scheduled swim practice on Tuesday morning, the only havoc the event caused for the student-athletes was the cancellation of study group at 7:00 last night. This afternoon’s workouts are set to go on as scheduled, Durden said.
Missy Franklin sent out this tweet yesterday as one of thousands of students who were likely unaware of the enormity of the situation at the time.
Power outage in the building and class got out 45 minutes early!👍 #bestdayever— Missy Franklin (@FranklinMissy) September 30, 2013
Investigators claim that a recent copper theft on campus was the cause of the power outage and explosion in an underground electrical vault near California Hall, but have not named any suspects. A few people suffered minor injuries from the explosion. Power was slowly returning to campus as early as 9 p.m. last night, and though some classes are being held as scheduled today, 11 buildings remain without power.