Dolphins plan travel to 1st meet in Whitehorse
Members of the Haines Dolphins swim team will make their season debut Oct. 22 in Whitehorse.
Head coach Steve Vick said the squad has about 50 kids this year.
"Even though our numbers are down, we’ve actually expanded our C squad, which is kind of our entry-level competition squad," Vick said. "That’s huge for us, because that means we just nearly doubled our base of swimmers who will be around in two or three years."
The season’s first meet is set for Oct. 22-23 ain Whitehorse, but Vick said newcomers still are welcome, and monthly meets will run through the beginning of May.
"They can join anytime during the season," he said. "If they contact a coach, we’ll do an assessment of their swimmer and we’ll figure out which squad they would fit in best with."
Vick can be reached at 314-0721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dolphins will have a young team in 2010-11.
"We lost a few of our older kids," Vick said. "They tend to slowly filter out. We had a whole group of them leave this past year. That’s kind of typical. As they get older, they move on to their high school sports. We weren’t able to maintain a high school swim team this year, so that may have played a part in retaining some of the high school kids."
There weren’t enough high school students interested to justify a separate school team, he said.
Top athletes might look to follow the lead of Haines product Genny Szymanski, who went on to swim for Northwestern University. "They’re swimming two hours a day," Vick said of the fastest Dolphins. "They’re the studs on the team."
He said his squad is targeted toward children age 5 to 18. A non-profit, the team relies on fundraisers and sponsorships, and donations are accepted at P.O. Box 1367.
The Dolphins will have their annual January meet in Haines. Vick said other events have been scheduled throughout Southeast Alaska, Anchorage and Fairbanks, and a few require qualifying times.
"I like working with the kids, watching them grow and being able to work with the community," Vick said. "We’ve got good parent support. The kids are learning not just how to swim, but the teamwork and the discipline that goes with it."