Ripley gains swim team
By: Katie Bailey
The Board of Education is pleased to announce that in the year of 2017, Ripley will gain a swim team. Several different students have gone to the Board asking for them to accept their pleas. The Board said they were most persuaded by the amount of students that would partake and put in their full effort.
The coaches, Tom Phillips and Neale Garvin, swimming graduates from Ohio and Fairmont University, plan to coach the soon to be swimletes into a winning season.
“We’ve been coaching at the YMCA in Parkersburg for years now,” said Phillips. “I’d love to begin working with students at Ripley and finally let the leaders behind us step up.”
There will be both a girls and boys swim team with at most 20 swimmers per division. The fastest most efficient swimmers will make the cuts and remain on the team.
Practices will be held during the summer at the YMCA in Parkersburg and some select practices at the Ripley pool. These are not mandatory, but all students who plan on trying out are encouraged to go.
There will be several different meets that may include some bit of traveling. The championship meets will be on most weekends in the spring against teams all throughout the state.
The coaches encourage all students to come to tryouts, which will be announced at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.