Stingrays ‘focus’ on endurance

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 31, 2012

Andalusia's swim team has its first competitive meet June 9 in Opelika. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

With its intrasquad swim meet out of the way, Andalusia’s swim team is now focused on “endurance,” coach Gavin Donaldson said at Tuesday night’s practice.

“The pool water (temperature, which effects a swimmer’s performance) would get a little warmer and then we’d have a cool spell, and then it would get a little warmer again,” Donaldson said. “Endurance is the one thing that came away from our intrasquad meet from May 19 that we had not had.”

The ASL’s (Andalusia Swim League) first competitive meet will be Sat., June 9, in Opelika, where it will swim against Troy, Eufaula and the host team at the Opelika Sportsplex.

The sportsplex is a 2-year-old facility, and will play host to the state meet July 26-28.

“Warm ups will be at 9 a.m, and the meet starts at 10:30,” Donaldson said. “It’s going to be a good opportunity for these kids to swim that will qualified at district to swim in that pool.

“Our focus has been endurance and that’s what we’re continuing to focus on at this time,” he said.

District will be held Sat., July 14, at the Westgate Sports Complex in Dothan.

During practice Tuesday night, Donaldson said he can already see some difference in the team, and will change the team’s focus after the Opelika meet.

“I can already see a distinct difference in the whole team from May 19, and a week and a half later,” he said. “We’ve got the rest of this week and one more week, than after the Opelika meet, I’ll probably back off on the endurance and focus on the little things.”

After the Opelika meet, Andalusia will swim at Troy on June 16; at home on June 23; and then at Eufaula on June 30.

There are 55 swimmers on the Stingrays swim team, and it practices every week at Cooper Pool.