Swim Team Encounters Rapid Growth in Popularity
The boys swim team has quickly grown in popularity since last year. The previous year’s boys varsity swim team was an all-accepting swimming program, on the one prerequisite that you have the ability to swim. This year, however, the swim team had to be split into two different programs: the developmental team and the varsity team.
The boys varsity team practices three times a week, and attends all swimming meets. The team’s first meet happened on Monday, Not. 28, 2016, against Columbia Prep ended in a one point loss, which is particularly unfortunate considering the undefeated season last year.
While the boys varsity swim team currently has a twenty-six man roster, the developmental team only has eight members. As the swim program gets more popular every year, it will undoubtedly keep growing in size.
“The swim team is a good opportunity not only to improve your swimming skills, but also put them to the test,” said Eli Manier (‘19), a member of the boys varsity swim team since freshman year, “it’s incredible how fast the swim team has grown.”
“The growth of the swim team has been outstanding over the past few years. With the success and the caliber of students that are in the swim program,” said Chris Ruck, coach of the varsity swim team, “I only see it growing and developing even more.”
The swim program did not expect the swim turnout this year, and the split between the two teams was not planned before the season started.
“We did not plan on splitting the boys team into a varsity and developmental team, but we think it will truly benefit the swimmers and the program,” said Mr. Ruck, “with the number of students coming out for the boys swim team this year, we decided it would be best to have these two teams.”
One important difference between the two boy swims teams is that the developmental squad consists solely of new members, whilst the varsity team is filled with veterans and new members alike. All of the swimmers from last year’s swim team remained on varsity this year and were accompanied by ten new members.
The developmental team meets every Friday and has one day during the week that is dry-land practice. As the boys developmental team is only a temporary creation, the team does not attend meets.
This allows for the varsity swim team to meet three times a week and have more pool space. The developmental team gets to practice and refine skills on Friday’s and during their dry-land exercise.
“With our practice time and space, it creates more effective practices for the varsity swimmers, while giving the developmental team swimmers exposure and opportunity in the sport,” said Mr. Ruck.
The swim program is rapidly growing, and has had an exponential surge in the past years. With so many members, the swim department was forced to make the team more selective, while still giving the people who wanted to swim a chance to practice and learn in the form of developmental. Next year, however, the developmental team will no longer exist, and the program will consist of one varsity team that will make cuts as necessary.