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Fitness Center to host adult Swim Club

By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

A new Fort McCoy Swim Club for adults is laying the groundwork for people in the community who want to improve their skills and participate in the competitive aspects of the sport.

Photo: Patrice McGinnis, Fort McCoy Swim Club coach, observes and offers pointers as club members work to smooth the techniques of their swimming strokes at the Fitness Center pool. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Patrice McGinnis, Fort McCoy Swim Club coach, observes and offers pointers as club members work to smooth the techniques of their swimming strokes at the Fitness Center pool. 
(Photo by Rob Schuette)   

Coach Patrice McGinnis, a Rumpel Fitness Center recreational aide, said the club is meeting from 11:15 a.m.-noon Mondays and Wednesdays in the Fitness Center indoor pool, building 1122.

McGinnis brings a lot of experience to her role as she is a former All-American who was a top-10 swimmer in three events during her collegiate career. Currently, she is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association.

"The adults, who must be age 18 or older, can use the club to hone their swimming skills to compete in triathlons, master swim teams or military award programs, "McGinnis said. "The club is for experienced swimmers who want to improve their strokes."

The club offers a structured workout, with lots of peer support. McGinnis said the people involved in the club help their teammates reach their peak performances.

Greg Slamka of the 1st, 338th said the unit has a triathlon team and he joined the McCoy Swimming Club to prepare for upcoming triathlons.

"This is helping me to begin to get in shape," Slamka said.

James Allen of the 181st Infantry Brigade said several personnel from the 1st, 338th team have joined the McCoy Swim Team Club.

"We’re hoping to use Patrice’s coaching abilities and expertise to make our triathlon team better and propel us along," Allen said.

Because the club is aimed at experienced swimmers, McGinnis said people with beginning skills are encouraged to take adult swimming lessons. These lessons currently are running from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Fitness Center pool.

Youth can train in a Fort McCoy Swim Club during the fall and winter months. McGinnis said the youth have other opportunities to compete for school or YMCA or YWCA teams or clubs at other times during the year.

Youth swimming lessons also are available for authorized patrons, with the next session scheduled to run at Fort McCoy from Oct. 3-Nov. 21.

"I have developed my coaching style from working under or with a number of coaches throughout the years," she said. "All the youth I have coached privately have made it to the state competitions."

People can be on the swim teams to improve their skills or to complement the workouts they now get, McGinnis said. Participants can attend sessions as often as they wish. McGinnis said she can help swimmers improve their skills in as little as one session.

The program will go where the participants take it, she said.

"In the future, we would hope to have an All-American Swim Team," she said.

"People who participate on our swim team would be able to take those skills to join a swimming team at another military installation when they transfer."

For more information about the program, authorized people can call the Rumpel Fitness Center staff at 608-388-2290. Class information is available on the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com, by clicking on Rumpel Fitness Center and the monthly schedules.


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