For the last few months, many youth swimmers have been wondering what pool they will call home.
“Its something you can do for the rest of your life,” swim coach and HYCAT director Greg Olson told 13 News. “But you need the facilities to do it.”
Thanks to an agreement between the University of Charleston and the Kanawha County Commission, the HYCAT swim group can continue to use the university’s pool through March.
“This is the pool where I found my first sport…the sport for me. So I was really sad,” said 13 year-old swimmer Lily Blake.
Blake added, “The program means so much to me because my coaches all understand. They’ve been through this before. They know how hard it is.”
The program has been a staple in the swimming community since the early 1970s.
For those involved, it’s about more than just swimming.
“What gives me the greatest joy is not that they were the fastest swimmers of that they went to nationals or swam in college,” explained Olson. “It’s the lessons that swimming offered them later life.”
In the meantime, according to Olson, the group is currently looking into plans for future seasons.