YORK-- With the fall sports season less than three months away, York Comprehensive High School's first-ever swim team is readying for competition.
Michelle Simpson, aquatics director at the Charlotte Avenue YMCA, will coach the boys and girls participants at YCHS.
"I've been very pleased with the early response," she said.
So has athletic director Steve Boyd.
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"Twenty-five parents and potential swim participants showed up at an organizational meeting," he said.
Boyd is glad YCHS will be able to offer swimming and appreciates Simpson's willingness to coach the team.
"First, we had to have a coach in place," commented Boyd. "Swimming is the only high school sport we don't offer.
We want our kids to have the opportunities other schools have. Expanding our athletic program to include swimming will allow this."
Simpson completed 12 years of competitive swimming, including Masters 18 and over competitions.
She has 16 years of coaching experience.
"Competitive swimming is all about self-motivation and commitment," she said. "It is a team sport and also about individual performance."
Said Simpson of the sport's debut in York, "It will be good to open the door to high school swimming, a sport that is new to the area and so much fun for the participants."
Discussions are ongoing regarding the use of the Rock Hill Aquatics Center as a possible site for York's swim meets.
Simpson said practices will be held at the Charlotte Ave. YMCA.
Both Simpson and Boyd hope the early interest shown in high school swimming will continue at YCHS.
Preseason practice begins Aug. 3 for the fall season.
Those wishing to sign up for the team should contact Boyd at the AD's office, 684-1505.