Swimmers raise $4,000 to support pool feasibility study

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By J. Lynn West
In response to growing interest in the building of a city swimming pool or aquaplex, aldermen recently allotted $10,000 toward a feasibility study on the matter.
A group that would be directly affected and perhaps is most interested is the Tallahatchie Tidal Wave Swim Team.
The group, which now practices at the Baptist Healthplex, is competing regionally and growing in number.
To show their support for the study and need for a pool, the group decided to stage a fundraiser.
“The fundraiser involved selling tickets for chances to win a Yeti Tundra 110 Cooler, retail value $480, and frozen casseroles,” coach Joanna Manning said. “Our team is donating gift cards and certificates and frozen casseroles (gift cards from Nichols for example) and we had 21 families donating.”
Each swimmer on the team was given tickets to sell starting Oct. 28. The cost was $10 a chance or three chances for $25. “We only printed 600 tickets,” she said.
The result was $4,000 that was presented to the city this past Tuesday. That money will go toward the quest to gain support for a year round aquatics facility.
“We are continuously proud of the support for our team from the community,” Manning said. “Especially given such a short time frame and only a small prize.”
“We just want to make more aware of our commitment to bringing the sport of swimming to our community – involving safety, health and welfare of our community and not just swim team,” she said.
Tallahatchie Tidal Wave, with approximately 40 swimmers from six to 16 years old, is part of USA Swimming. USA Swimming serves “As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States. USA Swimming’s membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming…strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success,” as mentioned directly from USAswimming.org.
Laura Fennell, current President of the Tallahatchie Aquatics and mother of one of the top swimmers said earlier, “With my personal experience with the adult swim program of TTW – I can honestly say, I know how hard these kids work. Having an aquatics facility in New Albany, where they could do more efficient training would be ideal. We are truly grateful to the Baptist Healthplex for their support and allowing us to use their facility. I can only imagine what the team and the club’s swim program could accomplish with a full facility.”
Tallahatchie Tidal Wave celebrated its first year anniversary as a non-profit and of being a USA Swimming certified club on Sept. 12.

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.