Community sports: McCook swim team doing well despite no outdoor pool (7/7/22)

Summer swim team coaches McCook (left to right) Lynne Kinne, Jon Graff and Kerrigan Burns offer advice to swimmers McCook on the final day of practice at the YMCA on Wednesday. As the municipal swimming pool is closed, all practices took place indoors this summer. They wrap up their season at the Cornhusker State Games this weekend.

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McCOOK, Neb. – The McCook summer swim team season was dramatically different this summer than in the past.

For starters, the McCook outdoor municipal pool did not open this summer.

But that didn’t derail the swim team.

It just meant that the youth swim team has been training indoors for the past six weeks, thanks to the McCook YMCA opening the pool every day during the lunch hour to young swimmers.

The McCook swim team also left their long-running summer swim league, venturing on their own. Again, this didn’t derail the swim team.

This simply meant that the swim team held its own intrasquad meets, competing against each other.

The McCook swim team will end its season at the Cornhusker State Games on Friday and Saturday at the Fremont YMCA pool, a familiar site as it is regularly used for the YMCA winter league.

The McCook Swim Team is coached by McCook High School Coach Jon Graff and MHS Assistant Coach Lynne Kinne. Former swimmer McCook Kerrigan Burns continues to return home this summer to coach the “little ones,” young swimmers who have just started the swim team.

Many parent volunteers also help out throughout the season, including meeting timing.

As the summer swim season draws to a close, plans are already underway for the fall/winter swim season beginning in September at the YMCA.

More information will be available soon.

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While summer swim team practice is over, the YMCA Dive Clinic is still open for participants next week.

The dive clinic will be Monday through Thursday, July 11-14, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Divers will have the opportunity to participate in the Cornhusker State Games diving competition the following Saturday, July 16 in Lincoln, but it is not required.

Participants must be at least 10 years old and there is a limit of 10 divers.

Registration is available on the YMCA website, mccookymca.org.

Richard F. Gandhi