Club swimming is different from high school competition, said Griger. In high school there’s more emphasis on the team numbers. In club competition, while team scores are taken into account, the focus is on individual achievement. Boys race boys and girls race girls in their own age bracket.
The CCS girls swim team competes in the fall so it presents no conflict of interest with club racing. As for the boys, some team members do both. Double practice has huge rewards.
Griger emphasizes the need for recognition for all the swimmers.
“Swimming is a hugely popular sport all over the United States and these swimmers deserve to be acknowledged for their efforts and successes,” she said.
The Sharks belong to the USA Swimmers Club. They compete in the Adirondack region, covering the Cooperstown area and as far north as as Albany and Utica. They also compete in a small league in the Central Valley participating in meets throughout the season.
In December 2013, club members held a swim-a-thon, getting sponsored to swim laps, and collected $2500 to give to the Cooperstown Food Pantry.