The McMinnville Swim Team is ready to plunge into the season. The team has been in the water since April 25 and head coach Paige Northcutt says the water has been a bit chilly.
Despite the temperature, she said they have had great practices and are ready to take on Winchester next week on the road to kick off the season.
Northcutt says practices have been looking good, but the first meet will be the true test on how well they’ll perform.
“We’re looking forward to the first meet,” she said. “There, we’ll see what we need to improve on. There’s always room for improvement.”
The team is currently working with 121 swimmers ranging from ages 3-18. She and the other coaches are working with the younger swimmers on light stroke technique, whereas the older athletes will be working on refining those skills.
Starting this week, they’ll be working on their starting form and getting kids used to the loud beep that tells them to go. Northcutt is feeling confident in the team saying, “We have great returning swimmers who made scored lots of points last year.”
She mentioned Vance Caten and Finley MacDonald as great performers in the 8-and-under age group last year and is anxious to see how MacDonald performs this year now that she has moved up an age group. She also credited Caten as being one of the most improved from starting the season as a little timid and growing into a more confident swimmer.
She said there are standouts in every age division that will help McMinnville in the coming meets. June 2 is their first meet, and starting the week after, they will have about two meets per week. “This is a great start to a busy June,” Northcutt said.
They will travel to Winchester this coming Thursday for their first meet where these young swimmers will show their skills in the water.