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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9A lU im Plumas Swim Team Board of Directors Special to Feather Publishing Plumas Swim Team is gearing up for another summer of training and competition. The team, which has been competing since the 1970s, is an affiliate of the USA Swimming National Team and open to young athletes of all skill levels ages 5 - 18. Plumas Swim Team orients itself around USA Swimming's mission to promote excellence in the sport in a safe and positive atmosphere. The "Plumas Pikes" are divided into four skill levels, with each group named after - a speedy and graceful marine creature. Entry level swimmers, usually in the 5 - 8 age range, are known as Sea Turtles. The focus at this level is developing body balance in the water, and beginning instruction in freestyle, backstroke and race starts. The next group, Bat Rays, continue to build skills learned with Sea Turtles, but move on to develop skills for breaststroke and butterfly, block starts and flip turns. Once those skills are developed, swimmers progress to the Dolphin group. These swimmers focus on developing strength, stamina and technical prowess in the four strokes. The most advanced training groupis the Great Whites. Athletes in this group are usually in the 12 - 18 age range and focus on increasing intensity and distance through their workouts as they continue to perfect skills through all four strokes. Depending on the discretion of coaches, swimmers of a particular age may be assigned to a group where it makes sense in terms of social development, maturity and physical strength. In many ways this will be a transition season for the team. The parent-run board of directors has three new members: president Shannon Little, vice president Joe Hoffman and secretary Kay Lund. Theresa Belsher-Howe remains treasurer, and former president Aimee Heaney retains her position as co-meet coordinator alongside veteran swim team parent Frank Carey. The new board of directors is very much aware of the legacy it inherits. According to Little, "The previous board set a standard of excellence with their dedication, The 2013 Plumas Swim Team members gather during last year's annual Quincy InvitaticJnal Swim approaching, with signups scheduled for May 14. Photo by Paul~Vaughn ) teamwork and commitment, has been working steadily to We appreciate their years of guarantee another successful dedicated service to Plumas year in the pool for team Swim Team and look forward members. to building on the solid After 11 years on the job as foundation o[ success they head coach, Tanya Meyer has have provided." stepped down. Her replacement, The new board has been in Paul Vaughn, has been an place for only two months but assistant coach for the past three seasons. Joining Vaughn as assistant coaches are Stephenie McMorrow and Christianna Nielsen. McMorrow, who has extensive experience as a swim coach, returns to the team after a one-year hiatus. She will oversee the swimming excellence of the Bat Rays. Nielsen returns for her second season and will primarily be responsible for coaching the Sea Turtles. Vaughn will be charged with developing the skills of both Dolphins and Great Whites. While each coach has been assigned a particular group to work with, the goal for the coaches is to collaborate on practices wherever possible. "One of the things we learn in our professional training sessions through USA Swimming is the positive role good communication can play for both individual swimmer and team success," said Vaughn. With this in mind, the coaches will work across groups, with Vaughn and McMorrow supporting the evening Sea Turtle practices, and Nielsen working with Dolphins and Great Whites on Friday mornings. Chris Anderson, whose 10-year-old daughter Kylie will be swimming in her second season and B-year-old son Cruz will be with the team for the first time,' sees the team as "a great learning opportunity" in which his kids' confidence in the water "grows by leaps and bounds. The coaching is very supportive and knowledgeable, but not overly competitive." Vaughn reflects the positive spirit noted by Anderson, "Swim team is a great place for young people to develop physical, mental and social strengths during the summer, : Meet, The swim season is fast There is such joy in the pool and on deck at every practice and swim meet: We can't wait to get everyone to the pool this season!" The new season kicks off with signups Wednesday, May 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Plumas County Library meeting room. Tryouts for new swimmers are scheduled for Monday, June 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Pioneer Pool, with preseason practices held Tuesday and Thursday of that week. 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