Things are going to get wild in the pool this summer for the Weatherford summer swim team.
Formerly the Water Roos, the team has changed its name to the Weatherford Wild. They began the season Saturday at the Bedford Surf Meet hosted by the Carroll ISD in Southlake.
"We changed our name to better reflect the various cities represented on our team who are not just from Weatherford," long-time coach Linda Williams said.
Williams said the club will have about 70 members this season. While that number is about the same as last season, it includes somewhere around 35 new members.
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"We have a lot of new swimmers this year, so our focus for them is setting goals and getting to know what swim team is all about, and developing the strokes," Williams said. "For the veterans, it's about achieving those not-yet-achieved goals and pushing on."
The club has been around for about three decades. Team members range in age from 5 to over 50.
The team consistently sends competitors to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas, along with national competition. However, Williams said there is much more to the club than competing.
"Other than competition, we strive toward goal setting, family bonding atmosphere, characteristics such as leadership, persistence, optimism, motivation, and that never, never give up attitude," Williams said.
"We do those things through encouraging service in school and in the community, encouraging family togetherness through going to and working the meets, and encouraging parents to swim with their children on the swim team. A lot of leadership skills spill over through getting a job. In fact, five of six of our pool management staff are swim team members."
Also, being a part of the program has led to many long-standing friendships and relationships, Williams said.
"Swim team is a great way to develop all types of relationships, friendships and family bonding. We have even had a few swim team weddings," she said. "My favorite parts is the relationships, lifelong friendships, inside jokes, and truly getting to know the swimmers.
"I truly look forward every year to coaching these swimmers and seeing them grow, mature, and then become leaders in the real world. I am so proud of our team, now called the Weatherford Wild, and look forward to many more seasons."
Other meets for the Wild this summer include:
At Burleson, June 17.
Home, at Cherry Park Pool, June 24.
At Mineral Wells, July 9.
The TAAF Region 4 Meet will be in Keller July 16-17. The TAAF Games of Texas are July 28-31 in McAllen.