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Varsity Hopes

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

January 19, 2006

Swimmers in Fluvanna County had a special evening that they hope might change a few things at their school. Tonight the pool at Health Nutz Fitness & Aquatic Center looked and sounded like a normal high school swim meet. The problem: the Fluvanna High School students swimming tonight aren't part of a recognized school team..

"Tonight is our first ever high school swim meet that Fluvanna High School has ever done, said swimmer Sean Purnell."

That's because Fluvanna County high school is one of only a few high schools in our area that doesn't have a varsity swim team. Most of the students are hoping to change that.

"To get a swim team you just have to show that you have people that are committed to it, and that you have enough people that will support it," said Justin Hartwell, another swimmer.

The swim club has both a coach, as well as a faculty sponsor, and student interest is also growing.

"We have a team of 47," said swimmer Alex Tomko. "I think it's really great that we now have an interest in the school and I think for the years to come we're setting a fine example for people who'd want to swim."

For some members, a varsity team could lead to bigger things, like scholarships or more advanced levels of competition.

Bailey Bingler said, "I just wish the school had something. It would be a lot easier to get noticed or try to get noticed."

Tonight, the students are hoping administrators will notice they're ready for real competition.

"I think it's looking pretty good," said Rose Brogan, the club's sponsor and a chemistry teacher at the high school. "I think each year we get a little closer, so they're hoping and everybody's hoping that they'll add another sport."

Budget issues would still need to be addressed before plans to create a varsity team can begin, but tonight it was about showing that the club is ready to compete on a varsity level.

If the school adds swimming to their roster, it will actually create two teams, a men's swim team, and a women's.


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