Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
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.
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
(Photo by Rob
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.
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
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."
club offers a structured workout, with lots of peer support. McGinnis
said the people involved in the club help their teammates reach their
Slamka of the 1st, 338th said the unit has a triathlon team and he
joined the McCoy Swimming Club to prepare for upcoming triathlons.
is helping me to begin to get in shape," Slamka said.
Allen of the 181st Infantry Brigade said several personnel from the
1st, 338th team have joined the McCoy Swim Team Club.
hoping to use Patrice’s coaching abilities and expertise to make our
triathlon team better and propel us along," Allen said.
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.
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.
swimming lessons also are available for authorized patrons, with the
next session scheduled to run at Fort McCoy from Oct. 3-Nov. 21.
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."
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.
program will go where the participants take it, she said.
the future, we would hope to have an All-American Swim Team," she
who participate on our swim team would be able to take those skills to
join a swimming team at another military installation when they
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
clicking on Rumpel Fitness Center and the monthly schedules.