The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

April 12, 2013

Coaches ask residents to assist swimming program

The Morrison Seahorse Swim Club started up again during the summer of 2011 after over two years out of the water and without a coach.

The team has continued to grow from the beginning 14 swimmers to 70-plus swimmers currently on the team. The kids are improving at every meet and are progressing from B Times, to BB Times, up to A Times. There are many swimmers who consistently place in the top six at the meets we attend and are winning high point awards.

In fact, at our conference meet our 8 and under girls relay team set a new record in the 100-yard freestyle relay. The record had been in place for seven years.

The Seahorses are definitely building a base of swimmers who will continue to excel in age group, junior high, high school and collegiate swimming. They have received compliments from other teams, coaches, spectators and officials on their age group growth.

Our junior high program has had great growth in size and talent as well as both our high school teams and is able to compete against larger schools such as Rock Island and Moline. We are seeing an increase in team size and talent with the intermixing of club and school swimmers. We are excited for the future of swimming for the youth of our community.

As with any non-profit organization, there are financial needs that must be met to run a successful program. The Morrison Athletic Boosters spent $5,000 during the summer of 2012 to update our software system and part of our timing system, which are both necessary for managing a team and running a swim meet. Unfortunately, the new timing equipment doesn’t work with our outdated scoreboard so we need to purchase a new scoreboard in order to host swim meets at our pool. The timing system currently in place is collaboratively owned and used by all Morrison swim teams (HS Boys and Girls, Jr. High, and MSSC). The Daktronics six-lane scoreboard that we are looking at will cost $8,525. Along with the scoreboard, we are also in need of a new high school record board. The current board is in bad shape due to the humid environment in the pool area and is definitely an eyesore.

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