This is one of those situations where the opinion of the rude person (justwannabackstroke?) does not matter. Pools have rules and if you don't like them get your own pool. Any pool I have ever swum laps in has a share the lane rule - pick a lane with someone swimming your speed and join in at a respectful distance on the right.
I swam in a small-town pool for a number of years and there were very limited hours for lap swimming, with usually only two lanes: slow and fast. If you didn't want to share a lane you didn't swim. Now I swim at a pool where there are hours a day of lap swimming and I rarely have to share a lane - a great luxury but not an entitlement. I am happy to share a lane when necessary and have done so an numerous occasions. Maybe the cranky lady is an elected member of government?
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