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Swim Cats prep for upcoming season

Photogallery: Swim team holds first practice at new Wellness and Recreation Center

With the opening of the new Wellness Center, the Georgia College Swim Cats finally have a pool on campus for practicing.
Their first official practice of Spring 2012 was on Jan. 11.

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Before this semester, the Swim Cats practiced in the therapy pool at Central State Hospital.
“The pool is 3 feet deep and 90 degrees. It’s like swimming through pudding,” said Taylor Hayes, a senior athletic training major and member of Swim Cats.
GC’s facility has many attributes that the pool at CSH does not have.
It is a 25-yard competition pool, has more lanes and its location is much more convenient.
The Wellness Center pool also has touch pads.
“Touch pads make your times more correct,” said Ansley Campbell, a senior psychology major and president of the Swim Cats.
The team practices twice a day—once at 6:30 a.m. and once at 5 p.m.
When they were still practicing at CSH, their morning practice was at 5:30 a.m.
If members have classes during practice times, they can go to the Wellness Center and sign in to swim on their own time.
The Swim Cats will have a full schedule with multiple meets throughout the semester.
The team is attending a meet at the University of Georgia. The Swim Cats will also be attending a meet at Georgia Southern University as well as attending a championship meet at Georgia Tech.
The championship usually consists of 40 or more teams.
“I would like to see GCSU get in the top ten in that meet,” said Stephen Hogan, a junior marketing major and vice president of Swim Cats.
Meets and championships will be held WRC as well.
The Swim Cats’ first meet is tentatively planned for the first weekend in March.
It has been scheduled early to avoid conflicting with other schools’ spring breaks.
The Swim Cats will help run Houston County’s county championships on Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the WRC as well.
“We, as a swim team, are having volunteers do timing, any officiating that they need, helping them with their clock system, anything like that,” Hayes said.
In addition to meets and championships, the Swim Cats are also supporting inner tube water polo intramurals this semester.
“Water polo is kind of like soccer, but in the water,” Hogan said.
The Swim Cats consists of 35 members, with 25 active members.
Some members have had busy semesters and have not been able to participate as much as they would have liked.
Although the Swim Cats are a club team, there is desire to become an official team of the school.
According to Coordinator of Recreational Sports, Bert Rosenberger, the Swim Cats have been at Georgia College for about ten years.
“We have a brand new facility, we have all the possibilities, we have the equipment,” Hayes said. “But right now, we’re just happy to be a club team and be swimming against the other club teams.”

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