Peak Swim Team hosts Silverthorne, sees improvements
November 27, 2012
The Peak Swim Team of Grand County hosted a swim meet with the Silverthorne Tsunami’s on Saturday, Nov. 17.
“All of our kids were very successful,” said assistant coach Tim Stabbe, who is also the recreation center manager.
The Peaks Swim Team is in its third year and is made up of 35 Grand County residents ages 5 to 17. Last year the team only saw a fraction of those numbers sign up.
“We did something right this year and were able to get a lot of kids to come out,” Stabbe said.
Stabbe discussed how he has seen much improvement on the team during the fall season
“Every kid that came out in the fall improved their times,” Stabbe said. “And kids that signed up for the first time showed dramatic improvement.”
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Much of the improvement he has seen he attributes to hard work as well as to their head coach Audrey Walker. Walker has been coaching for the team for a few years and is serving her first year as head coach, according to Stabbe.
“It’s hard work but the kids totally love it,” Walker said.
Stabbe explained how it is difficult to find a coach who is positive, uplifting, but also challenges their athletes.
“Those are the great coaches and I think she is one of them,” he said. “She is always very well prepared for practices and she makes them fun.”
Walker said Stabbe has taken on the role of assistant coach very well.
“He’s so great with the kids,” Walker said. “They all have a lot of fun.”
The majority of the kids who joined the team are new to the sport, though they are showing much promise according to Stabbe.
“We do have quite a few swimmers who, if they stuck with the sport and worked hard, could have some eyes turn our way,” Stabbe said.
Many of the kids who joined the team only knew one stroke when they joined, Walker said. Walker commented that she and Stabbe enjoyed teaching the kids the new strokes.
“They started off knowing one stroke and knew all four by the end of the year,” Walker said.
Three of their swimmers now compete in the 100-meter IM, where swimmers swim one lap using each stroke.
“It shows the level of confidence and drive and improvement that these kids have,” Walker said.
No one rides the bench during these competitions and every competitor gets to choose what events they compete in.
“The kids learned quite a bit not just about themselves but also about the sport,” Stabbe said.
“We have a bunch of fantastic and hard working kids with great attitudes,” Walker said. “They work hard but they have fun.”
The teams next swim meet is scheduled to take place in Silverthorne the first weekend in May.
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