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Swimmers hone skills in summer
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Members of the Dawson County High School swim team work on technique during the summer months.

With school around the corner and student athletes hard at work, the Dawson County High School swim team is no exception.

The team will be entering its second season after swimmers and Coach Linda Sperin jumped in last year.

In the team's first season of competing, Jessica Applegate qualified for the state meet and competed in the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter backstroke.

"It was an exciting time and the majority of the swimmers had never been a member of a swim team and had no idea what to expect," Sperin said.

Sperin is a second grade teacher at Black's Mill who has a passion for swimming.

"I grew up being on a swim team from about 6 years old," she said.

Over the summer, swimmers worked on skills and techniques that Sperin says are essential to shaving seconds off of their times.

"Swimmers can cut 1-5 seconds in a race by improving their start, stroke and flip turns," she said. "That may not sound like much time, but in swimming that is like an eternity. Races are won or lost sometimes by .10 or .01 of a second. That happened during the Olympic time trials."

When the season gets started at the end of October, the team will practice three nights a week at the Cumming Aquatic Center.

The program has to rent lanes as the school does not have its own facilities.

The team is scheduled to compete in 10 meets from November through January, according to Sperin.

As they are still a new program at DCHS, the team is looking for more swimmers who are interested.

"They don't have to be great swimmers, they just need to be ready to work hard and become better, faster swimmers," Sperin said.

To join the team, get more information or to become a sponsor of the program, contact Linda Sperin at lsperin@dawson.k12.ga.us.

The team is also currently fundraising for the upcoming season. To participate, go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and scroll to "start shopping." Enter 990087095 for the group number.