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Ready, set, swim!

Alex Forbes works on his kicking during an early morning practice. Photo by || Maureen Rhines || [email protected]

Amid the smell of chlorine and water-splashing echoes within the 9-lane, 25-yard, competition-size Hoos pool, swimmers work on perfecting competition strokes.

The City College swim team is warming up the season with 13 men and seven women according to second-year, Head Coach, Steve Hanson.

Starting the season with only 20 swimmers makes it difficult to compete at the team level. Hanson said he plans to focus the swim team’s season on building individual strength and team unity.

“My goal is to get the individual swimmers to compete at the highest level possible, so they are all setting individual goals,” Hanson said.

Competitive swimming strokes include the breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and backstroke.

The team participated in early assessments to determine where improvements can be made, according to Hanson. Stroke technique itself, like the pull, body position, posture and breathing were Hanson’s suggestions.

Allan Reese, a first-time competitive swimmer majoring in marketing and film, is working on perfecting the 200 individual medley.
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Reese says he fears no opponents.

“The clock is my rival right now,” Reese said, “That’s all I’m worried about,”

Bill Foster, a philosophy major and first-year swimmer from McClatchy High School, is working on the 50-yard freestyle.

“[It’s the] shortest and fastest,” he says about the freestyle event, after jumping out of Hoos pool, out of breath and looking to hit the showers after a hard practice.

“I really like the unity of the team. I feel like it’s not just a sport— it’s like coming home to my second family,” said Foster.

According to Reese, unity is an advantage for City College swimmers, who encourage each other in the water by sharing and fixing techniques..

“I want them to achieve more than they think they can, and if that means that they set a state record, that would be wonderful, but if that means that they just set a personal best, that is just as powerful,” said Hanson.

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