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Swimming Closer to Home

Kathryn Welch, Business Manager

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  This year’s swim season begins with a new coach and a change in districts that will allow the team to compete against local competitors.

  The 2018-19 swim season is set to have its first home meets on Nov. 2 and Dec. 14th at the Manchester Recreation Center. New swim coach, Rebecca Behrendorff, gave insight on the preparation being put into place this season. Behrendorff’s first order of business was changing the team’s district meets closer to home. This change normally occurs in the spring; however, Coffee County lacked representation at that meet so the change in districts was successful. Preseason practice was another preparation that was initiated over fall break. The swim teams coached by Behrendorff consist of 16 CCCHS swimmers, 14 CCMS swimmers, and 5 WMS competitors. The hope of Behrendorff for this season is, “that the swimmers challenge themselves individually and as a team to try and learn new strokes.” Contributors who have helped the team get a jump start this season include parents, school systems, and Athletic Directors.

  Behrendorff came to her new position after being recommended to the principal by newly appointed athletic director Rebecca Koger. Parents from the Makos swim team were concerned that there would not be enough applicants to form a team this year. Behrendorff, who coaches for the Makos, saw the need for a coach and applied. She has coached the Mako swim team for three seasons now and is going into her fourth.

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