Peak Swim team at Fraser Rec offers year-round competition
June 28, 2016
Peak Swim Team Meets
Saturday July 9 – Clear Creek
Sampler Mill Recreation Center
98 12th Avenue Idaho Springs
Saturday July 16 – Lifetime Fitness
397 W. 148th Avenue Westminster
Saturday July 23 – Vista Ridge
1926 Skyline Drive Erie
Sunday August 7 – Westminster
3290 W. 76 Avenue Westminster
Friday August 12, – Sports Complex
End of Season Picnic
Sunday August 14 – Grand Park Community Recreation Center
Kids for Kids Triathlon
All warmups start at 7 a.m. Meets start at 8 a.m.
The Peak Swim Team offers kids of Grand County the opportunity to compete against others that are not on a team run through a school program. Peak is a club team for ages 5-15. There are usually about 20-35 kids that are on the team per year. In the past, the Peak team has only competed in the summer, but this year they will begin competing year-round. The club is switching to a program called CARA Swim that hosts three different seasons. The teams in this league will include Denver area swim programs.
"I'm looking forward to see how we do against the Front Range teams starting this summer," said head coach Tim Stabbe.
"I think competition will be tough, but the kids tend to rise to the occasion."
Stabbe was a competitive swimmer through high school then went on to work at the US Olympic training center in Colorado Springs where he gained most of his coaching experience.
Most of the kids work their way up through the American Red Cross sponsored swim classes at the rec center and then graduate to the Peak team at level 5. The team tries to pick practice times that work for the swimmers, parents, and coaches as it can be difficult with work and school schedules. The team has three assistant coaches in addition to head coach Stabbe.
"We work hard to give the kids consistent coaching on strokes and terminology," Stabbe said. This year they were able to get new training equipment including kickboards, pull buoys, and fins.
Swimming is a great sport for kids who may not enjoy team sports, Stabbe said.
"They can do well in individual sports instead. It's not so much you against the guy in the lane next to you as it is you against the clock, and trying to be better than you were the day before."
Naomi and Seth Ammon travel form Hot Sulphur Springs three or four days a week for practice with the Peak Swim Team. They moved to Grand County and wanted to swim competitively, and found out about Peak from other swimmers.
"It's really awesome," Naomi said. "Everyone is really encouraging."
Seth's favorite part about the swim team is how everyone works together to help each other get better.
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