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The Blue & Gray Press | December 11, 2017

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Club Team Spotlight: Club swim team strokes through the semester

Club Team Spotlight: Club swim team strokes through the semester

By MIKEY BARNES

Monday through Thursday nights, between 7 and 8p.m., you can hear splashing in the Goolrick pool, as a number of UMW students, both men and women swim back and forth. These groups of swimmers make up the UMW club swim team, a club sport led by a series of new officers, including junior president, Kelly Morgan.

“I have made so many new friends through club swim, it has been a really good outlet for meeting people. It is great for the social aspect and has been an awesome source of exercise to help stay in shape,” Morgan said about being not just being the president, but a member of the team for her third year now.

This spring, the UMW club swim team graduated their entire executive board, which has caused them to have a completely new staff. Morgan said the team has had no issues with the change and things have gone smoothly.

On Oct. 17, 12 of the club swim athletes traveled up to the University of Maryland for a meet. Club meets are not scored like official NCAA meets, but are used more for personal bests and bonding for the athletes. It is more of a casual environment, while still holding that competitive atmosphere that the numerous swimmers had seen growing up.

On Nov. 14, UMW will host its own club swim meet. As Christopher Newport University, Georgetown University and Longwood, will all meet with the swimmers from UMW at Goolrick pool. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.

Though they are not focused on winning, the club swim team makes sure to have the best time possible with one another, while continuing to remain focused on improving their times and enjoying the company of one another.