Y and Swim Club to share pools
High Point Swim Club and the YMCA of Greater High Point have formed a partnership aimed at providing better service for swimmers of all ages.
The partnership with YMCA of Greater High Point, which includes Carl Chavis, Hartley Drive and Grubb branches, and the Swim Club will take effect Sept. 1.
“The boards of the two organizations have approved it,” David Ozmore, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater High Point, said Thursday. “We think it will be a win-win for both organizations. And the Y wants to serve more people in the community. We have been under utilized for competitive swim teams.”
The Y is expected to have two dual swim meets in the next year and one will remain at the Swim Club, said Aaron Reeves, CEO of the High Point Swim Club.
“Some of the meets are too large for us at the swim club,” Reeves said. “We have to utilize the bodies of water we have better. We are ecstatic about this too. I’ve wanted to see something like this for a long time. We feel that this will help competitive aquatics and instructional aquatics. We should both be able to excel at what we do best.”
The Y has focused on swimming instruction for life guards, aerobics and programs for seniors. Many of the Swim Club members also are Y members.
“We have focused on kids from ages 3 to 18,” Reeves said.
The Y serves as many as 16,000 residents and with the partnership that should grow to 18,000 by next year, Ozmore said.
High Point Swim Club, a nonprofit organization, has been operating in High Point since 1962 and has produced swimmers that have gone on to swim in college and even Olympic Trials. High Point Swim Club, one of three USA Swimming teams in North Carolina to achieve Level 3 status.