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A group of former Williamsburg Aquatic Club coaches has formed a new club, 757Swim, for young swimmers.
The club, which began operations Wednesday, serves swimmers ages 11 and up and hopes to add 10 and under swimming opportunities in the future, as well as a “lite” program for swimmers who do not want to commit to a year-round swimming schedule.
Morgan Cordle, a Jamestown High alumnus and former swimming coach at Bridgewater College, will serve as the inaugural head coach of 757Swim. Before joining 757Swim, Cordle briefly served as the interim head coach of WAC after the firing of Harold Baker.
“ … Williamsburg deserves and is thirsty for a swim program that not only implements a high level of instructional organization, community and full alignment with USA Swimming Best Practices and Procedures, but also a more team-oriented concept where establishing team identity on deck is not only embraced but actively encouraged,” Cordle said in a news release.
Mary Lynch, a member of the club’s informal parent advisory group, said the club was not created for the purpose of rivaling WAC.
“I think basically the bottom line is when Morgan and Brian [Vereb] decided to leave [WAC], there were a lot of us who felt like it was a great opportunity to be coached by them,” Lynch said. “We think so highly of them. We decided to form a team with them.”
Joining Cordle at 757Swim is Vereb, a former head women’s swim and dive coach at the University of Akron and former assistant coach at WAC, and Jenna Heuser, head swim coach for Walsingham Academy and former WAC assistant coach. The club also recently added William & Mary senior Capwell Taylor, who has coached summer league and club teams, to the coaching staff.
With other swim clubs operating in the Historic Triangle, 757Swim plans to stand out by offering “consistent feedback and goal setting,” as well as integrating modern swimming technology to help swimmers improve mechanics and reduce risk of injury.
“With proper stroke technique, strength and conditioning program and the appropriate blend of aerobic and anaerobic work, our swimmers will reach their potential,” Cordle said.
757Swim is in the process of becoming a nonprofit organization and currently operates with an informal parent advisory committee. The club plans to hold elections for an executive board once the club becomes certified as a nonstock corporation in Virginia.
The club has already begun holding practices at the Williamsburg Community Pool, which are held from 3 to 7 p.m. daily Monday to Thursday and Saturday mornings. The club has no plans to hold morning practices during the week.
The Williamsburg Community Pool is an outdoor pool, but Lynch said the club has a plan in place for handling fall and winter practices.
“We will be heating the pool and get insulated thermal tarps to keep it warm,” she said. “The swimmers are perfectly comfortable, but the coaches can get a bit chilly.”
With the announcement of the formation of 757Swim, the club is offering one-week free trials with the club so “swimmers and families can experience the culture and process of the team.”
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