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By David Martin

Middle school swimmers gear up for season


November 29, 2017

David Martin

James Probst practices kicking off from the edge of the pool.

While Monday was the official start of the winter sports season at Green River High School, high school students are not the only ones gearing up for a competitive season.

Practices also started for the Green River Middle School boys swim team, who took to the pool prior to their high school counterparts Tuesday afternoon.

Head coach Randy Walker said the team is more inexperienced than previous middle school teams, but said the kids are eager to learn and work hard to improve.

"They're learning all the time," Walker said.

The team, which consists of students in grades six through eight, follow what Walker calls the "four immutable rules of success." Those rules are to show up, do their activities correctly, have honor and compete.

"We talk about these every day," Walker said.

While many of the students are inexperienced in the pool, Walker enjoys the opportunity to teach the kids a lifelong set of skills. Walker said competitive swimming is one of the few sports that can teach students skills that could save their lives.

Beyond those skills, Walker said swimming also helps improve a student's cardiovascular fitness and endurance, which he said can improve a person's performance in other sports.


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