Head coach John Lindquist spent the day traveling back to Kodiak from his summer home in Washington state, which left Erik Hanson and Dave Horne in charge of first day duties at the Kodiak Community Pool.
Hanson led the team in a 20-minute yoga workout, while Horne took care of paperwork and gear.
After yoga, the team jumped into the pool for the initial swim of the season.
“We do a long warmup, but a lot of these kids have been training down at John’s, so they are ready to go. We don’t start slow, we get right into it,” Horne said.
The swimming season never truly ends. Many of the kids spent part of the summer with Lindquist swimming in Washington.
Horne, Kodiak’s diving coach, just got back from a diving camp in Homer.
“Some might have taken June off, but certainly it is a year round sport,” Horne said.
Close to 30 students showed up for the first day of practice. Horne is expecting the team to be near 40 swimmers when school starts next week.
“This might be our biggest (team) ever this year, or close to it,” he said.
The team gets three weeks to practice before the season-opening meet against Soldotna on Aug. 29 at the Kodiak Community Pool.
The home schedule also features Homer (Sept. 12-13) and Dimond (Oct. 10-11).
Both the Kodiak boys and girls have streaks on the line this season — the girls have won seven straight Region III titles, while the boys have won the past five crowns.
Horne said the swimmers are eager to start the season.
“They always like getting back and seeing each other,” he said.
Horne said students can still come out for the team, which meets everyday at 3 p.m. The diving team starts practice at 5 p.m.
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