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Quincy Family YMCA bringing back swim team

Michelle Frazier, above, and her husband, Eldon, are coordinating the rebirth of the swim team at the Quincy Family YMCA. Itís been more than a decade since the Y fielded such a team. The teamís first formal tryouts are scheduled 4-6 p.m. Monday. (H-W Pho
Posted: Jan. 5, 2013 7:03 pm Updated: Jan. 19, 2013 7:15 pm

By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Michelle Frazier is a big fan of actor Kevin Costner, particularly his famous 1989 line from "Field of Dreams."

"If you build it, they (he) will come," she likes to say when talking about the fledgling swim team program at the Quincy Family YMCA.

Frazier and her husband, Eldon, are coordinating the rebirth of the swim team, which is being built around youngsters in the 6-11 age bracket. It's been more than a decade since the Y fielded such a team.

"We really don't know how fast it will grow, but we already have eight kids showing up at 5:30 in the morning for practices -- and we haven't formally announced anything yet," Frazier said. "To this point, it has spread simply by word of mouth."

The team's first formal tryouts are scheduled 4-6 p.m. Monday. A parents meeting is scheduled immediately afterward.

"This will help the coaches decide what group each swimmer will be participating in," said Bethany Nannen Miller, the aquatics director at the YMCA.

The Fraziers' have three children who are competitive swimmers -- Lauren, 10, Kyle, 8, and Tyler, 6 --who will be part of the team.

Frazier said she and her husband had been searching for the right of program for their own kids, and had grown to appreciate what the YMCA stood for through the years. She felt the Y's accent on the individual while providing a competitive arena was a perfect mix.

"Eldon and Michelle came to me and wanted to (re-)start the swim team," Miller said. "We're hoping to have about 20 kids involved by next year."

Miller has been with the YMCA since 2011. She was formerly an assistant coach for the Sheridan swim team and is also a Level 2 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certified coach.

The "Quincy Family Dolphins" swim team's name will be in tribute to the late Dick Chapin.

"Dick was a senior programming director for the Quincy Family YMCA until he retired in 1990," Miller said. "Dick then volunteered to run swimming programs and help out with swim lessons. Dick would boast that he could teach anyone to swim, even older adults.

"To this day, the ‘Dick's Dolphins' swim class is run at the YMCA, where many of his former students still attend the classes."

Chapin passed away in 2008.

"But his memory is very much alive at the Quincy Family YMCA," Miller said.

 

-- seighinger@whig.com/221-3377

 

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