High school teams hold summer workouts at Del City public pool
By Jeff Harrison
Finding pool time can be a challenge for Mid-Del high school swimmers.
Especially in the offseason.
But they have discovered a new summer home at Eagle Harbor Aquatic Center in Del City.
For the past two months, the swimmers meet at the public pool for morning workouts before it opens to the public. In addition to the pool time, the swimmers lift weights three times a week.
The summer workouts include a mix of returning varsity swimmers and incoming freshmen, many who are new to the sport. The new swimmers learn basic skills including kicking, pulling, flip turns and strokes, while experienced swimmers improve their technique.
“It’s nice being able to swim outside and we also have a lot of fun and keep the new swimmers involved,” said Molly Woodruff, a Carl Albert swimmer.
Max Wolfley, a fellow Carl Albert swimmer, agreed.
“The practices aren’t as tough and there isn’t a slide at the other pool,” he said.
The summer workouts also strengthen team bonding, especially for younger swimmers.
“This gets the freshmen involved in the program and the returning boys and girls teach that culture to new kids coming up,” said coach Kirk Norman.
Vance Raymer IV, a Carl Albert swimmer, said he enjoys working with the younger swimmers.
“It’s fun getting to work with the new swimmers,” he said. “Swimming is a tough sport and if they stick with it and don’t quit they’re going to be good kids.”
Getting back to their summer routine was a blessing for the students and coaches.
“I really missed everyone here,” said Makiyah Joseph, a Carl Albert swimmer.
Norman said the summer program also helps develop the team for the upcoming school year.
“Since we are limited on pool space, I have to determine who we’re going to ask to be in swim because it is a dual-semester sport,” Norman said. “We workout starting in September and October the season starts and continues until February.”
The team has developed a winning culture over the years. The Carl Albert girls are coming off their second consecutive state championship, the Carl Albert boys had their best ever finish at state last year taking third. And Midwest City and Del City have had several standouts in recent years.
“Our programs is literally built on hard work ethic and not making excuses,” Norman said.
The team has adopted a new motto for the upcoming year called “DISCPLINE” which stands for Developing Internal Self-Control Ignites Powerful Lessons in Navigating Excellence.