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TREADING INTO NEW WATERS
WYNS Swim Team Pushes Ahead in New Competitive Environment

There’s not a rulebook to follow for running a swim team during a global health pandemic.

Association Director of Aquatics and Competitive Swimming Abby Tesch and her fellow coaches are working to bring a bit of normalcy to her young swimmers.

They went from swim practices six days a week, sometimes two hours daily, to not swimming at all during the YMCA closure and initial reopening process.

“The kids wanted to be involved,” said Tesch.

Slowly, plans for small Woodson YMCA Northern Swimmers team clinics were put in place where the entry and exit could be controlled, swimmers distanced and very few family members permitted. The kids did an excellent job adhering to the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Their intrasquad meet in August gave kids some competitive practice once again.

Working with others across the region, the platinum level members of the team agreed to join the Top 4 YMCA teams in the state in a closed meet at the Schroeder Aquatic Center’s 50 meter pool in greater Milwaukee. They competed in open events with no spectators. 7th grader Scout McQueen posted a time of 4:48.14 SCY ranking her 4th in the nation for her age group.

“The primary focus is on safety, said Tesch. “Getting them in and out safely and encouraging them to wear their masks.”

The WYNS team ran a small intrasquad meet the weekend of Oct. 24-25 at the Aspirus Branch Pool. View photo gallery here.

“The kids were so excited to be able to have to opportunity to use the skills they have been working on in practice and race with their friends and teammates.” Tesch said.

Each swimmer under age 12 entered the pool deck with a parent who recorded their time and then they exited through another door. 

Team staff is exploring a small regional meet in December.

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