12/30/10 While many drank hot chocolate by a roaring fire during the holidays, some of Plymouth High Schoolâ€™s hardiest athletes were in the water.
Granted it was the PHS pool â€“ indoors â€“ that hosted whatâ€™s become the Christmas holiday tradition of the Plymouth Alumni Swim meet, but those in attendance were there for a good cause. Honoring a long time swim team supporter and raising some money for charity.
â€śItâ€™s really great to be able to honor Sue Wickens,â€ť said Shelley Richter, one of the swim alums that helped organize the meet. â€śShe passed away a few months ago and she was such a big part of the swimming program here from the Sharks all the way up to the high school team.â€ť
|Alums Aimee Portteus and Brad Serf coach the alumni team|
The team took donations from those at the meet that will go towards the Sue Wickens Memorial Scholarship.
The boys and girls swim teams honored Sue with some competition as well on a cold winter night with the alums taking on the current Plymouth swim team. The alums were not backing away from talking a little trash before the meet.
â€śHolly Overmyer is going down,â€ť said older sister and swim alum Lauren Overmyer with a laugh. â€śIâ€™m saying it right here, Iâ€™m taking my sister down tonight.â€ť
Richter was a little less positive.
â€śI havenâ€™t been in the pool in seven years weâ€™re going to have to call the hospital to come and pick me up,â€ť said Richter laughing. â€śIâ€™m laughing right now but itâ€™s probably true.â€ť
|Alums Kevin Garrity and Brent Corbett prepare|
â€śThis is really just great,â€ť said Plymouth Boys Swim Coach Leann Senter. â€śIâ€™ve heard all the talk going on so Iâ€™ve already put out the challenge to some of my boys on the team this year. This has been great for us. Jack McLiver arranged all this last year and Beth did a great job this year. About all we had to do was set up the pool.â€ť
Assistant swim coach Beth Garrity â€“ also a swim team grad â€“ made the arrangements for the meet this year.
|Alum Jesse Sullivan enjoys his 100 freestyle win|
â€śGetting in touch with all the people I didnâ€™t swim with was the toughest part,â€ť Garrity admitted. â€śThis morning I was afraid we werenâ€™t going to get a hold of everybody but weâ€™ve got 15 guys and nine girls on the alumni team. Some of them kind of showed up out of nowhere.â€ť
Provided by the PHS Alumni Association