PLYMOUTH — While many drank hot chocolate by a roaring fire during the holidays, some of Plymouth High School’s hardiest athletes were in the water.
Granted it was the PHS pool — indoors — that hosted what’s become the Christmas holiday tradition of the Plymouth Alumni Swim meet, but those in attendance were there for a good cause: Honoring a long-time swim team supporter and raising some money for charity.
“It’s really great to be able to honor Sue Wickens,” said Shelley Richter, one of the swim alums that helped organize the meet. “She passed away recently and she was such a big part of the swimming program here from the Sharks all the way up to the high school team.”
The team took donations from those at the meet that will go towards the Sue Wickens Memorial Scholarship.
The boys and girls swim teams honored Sue with some competition as well on a cold winter night, with the alums taking on the current Plymouth swim team. The alums were not backing away from talking a little trash before the meet.
“Holly Overmyer is going down,” said older sister and swim alum Lauren Overmyer with a laugh. “I’m saying it right here, I’m taking my sister down tonight.”
Richter was a little less positive.
“I haven’t been in the pool in seven years we’re going to have to call the hospital to come and pick me up,” said Richter. “I’m laughing right now but it’s probably true.”
“This is really just great,” said Plymouth boys swim coach Leann Senter. “I’ve heard all the talk going on so I’ve already put out the challenge to some of my boys on the team this year. This has been great for us. Jack McLiver arranged all this last year and Beth (Garrity) did a great job this year. About all we had to do was set up the pool.”
Assistant swim coach Garrity — also a swim team alum — made the arrangements for the meet this year.
“Getting in touch with all the people I didn’t swim with was the toughest part,” Garrity admitted. “This morning, I was afraid we weren’t going to get ahold of everybody but we’ve got 15 guys and nine girls on the alumni team. Some of them kind of showed up out of nowhere.”