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PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth swim team is in need of a new pool since Plymouth High School's pool was closed earlier this year due to age and disrepair. Leanne Senter, PHS swim coach, is working with the Plymouth Aquatics Club to organize fundraisers for a new community pool. The first of these fundraisers, a "Splash Bash," will be held August 4 at the Plymouth Public Pool and the Young Amphitheater in Centennial Park. The day-long event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a kid's swim meet, open to any interested child.
"We will not have any competitive swimmers in this meet, it is strictly for kids in the community," explained Senter.
Participants will receive ribbons, and winners will receive medals and stand on a Olympic-style podium for photos. Cost is $5 per swimmer. 16-year-old Lizzie Smith, a para-Olympian who is missing part of her right arm, will be a "celebrity guest" for the meet.
From noon to 4 p.m., a fun fair will be held in the area near the public pool. There will be a bounce house, dunk tank, and door prizes. Cost to attend the fair is $2, and cost to swim only is $1.
The evening portion of the fundraiser is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Amphitheater, featuring a free performance from Chad VanHerk, a catered dinner from the Log House Restaurant for $6 per person, a silent and live auction, and a big screen viewing of Olympic swimming. All proceeds from the entire day go toward the build-a-pool fund, said Senter. T-shirts will also be sold.
The fundraiser is about more than building a new pool, however, said Senter. She also hopes to encourage children to become involved in swimming.
"Swimming is a large world of opportunity to expand your horizons and grow your circle of friends," said Senter, adding that the Plymouth swim team practices each year with swimmers from outside the city. As an example, Senter mentioned siblings Katie, Emily, and Robbie Hageboeck, residents of West Virginia who practice at the Plymouth pool during the summer when they visit their relatives in Culver.
"We found Plymouth through USA Swimming," said Robbie Hageboeck. "This is our third year training."
"There's more than just Sharks in the Plymouth pool," pointed out Senter. "It's always fun for me and our swimmers to share our pool space with 'guest' swimmers."
For more information on the Splash Bash August 4, contact Senter at 574-952-7379 or Angela Drury, Aquatics Club president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.