The local swim club is ready to make a splash.
No high school swimmers are competing at the state level from San Juan Island School District, but the island’s Orcas swim club is ready to dive into their fall season.
Last year, Friday Harbor High School had two seniors, Tenly Nelson and Jocelyn Roberts, compete at the state’s 2A level as part of the Anacortes school’s team. They trained in Anacortes, as well at the San Juan Island Fitness pool, where the Orcas swim team practices and competes.
Though the club team is not affiliated with the national organization for swimming, the roughly 30 members will still compete in about four meets against other affiliated clubs in Anacortes, Lynden and Mount Vernon.
Tim Collins, the Orcas head coach for seven years, said he is most excited about “having lots of new swimmers on the team.”
The swim club is comprised of youth from about age 7 to 18. They are divided into three groups, from beginners to advanced, named after the pods that the local Southern resident orcas live in: J, K and L.
Collins has swum competitively since age 12, as well as in college and afterward. He coached swim teams in Idaho and Maryland.
Collins said he is looking forward to watching the Orcas progress this year. He explained that the best part of being the Orcas coach is “seeing swimmers improve their strokes and becoming more confident in the water.”
A fee is included to join the team, which has not been determined yet, this year. To learn more, contact San Juan Island Fitness at 360-378-4449.