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Mt. Pleasant Aquatic Center helping swimmers improve, break records

Competitors line up on the starting blocks for their heat at a swim meet at the Mt. Pleasant Aquatic Center last Tuesday.

Mt. Pleasant Aquatic Center helping swimmers improve, break records

 

By James Tilson

 

01-17-2019

 

MT. PLEASANT—Local swimmers are enjoying the new Mt. Pleasant Aquatic Center and are finding the extra training is making them faster than ever.

Since the new pool opened last January, not only have local residents used the facility for recreation and physical fitness, but competitive swimmers, including youth from North Sanpete High School and Wasatch Academy, have been able to spend more time training. And the extra time is translating to faster times in competition.

“Our swimmers have been demolishing records left and right!” exclaims pool manager Britanny Adams. Adams says the swimmers started taking advantage of the pool last summer. They were able to get in the pool to start training much earlier than in the past.

And not only has having the pool locally helped training, it taken stress off local swimmers. “Our swimmers now don’t have to travel so far in bad weather,” said Adams. “It keeps them safer, and allows them to concentrate on their goals. It’s so much better than before.”

Since the pool opened, both North Sanpete High School and Wasatch Academy have formed school teams that compete in the Utah High School Athletic Association (UHSAA).

Gunnison Valley High School, which has had a school team for several years based at the city’s indoor pool, now travels to Mt. Pleasant regularly to compete there.

Currently, Snow College operates a “community team,” which can compete in high school events.

The high school 3A regional meet for North Sanpete and Wasatch Academy is set for Jan. 24 at Emery High School. Swimmers who qualify (the top 50 times in 3A) can go to the state meet at BYU on Feb. 7.

When asked if the Mt. Pleasant facility could eventually host a regional swim meet, Adams said it was possible, “but right now” because there’s not enough locker space. Any expansion is probably 5-10 years down the road, she said.

But in the meantime, area swimmers are ready to knock down more records and open new doors for Sanpete swimming.