Spartans Swin Club struggling despite reopening of YMCA pool

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - Despite the fact the YMCA swimming pool is scheduled to re-open on May 4, the Cumberland County Spartans Swim Club is still reeling from the loss of several swimmers after the pool was closed March 16.
"It's been tough," said Spartans swim coach Jan Matthews. "When the pool closed, a lot of the swimmers said, 'I'm done for the year but I might be back next year.'"
The pool closure and the time leading up to the closure caused a lot of upheaval.
"We are definitely suffering the effects of attrition," she said. "Our numbers have been reduced to the point that sustainability could be an issue."
The Spartans continue to train at reduced hours at the Sackville Swim Club. Most of the swimmers who remain with the club are in the developmental stage, as many of the competitive swimmers have called it quits for the season.
"There are a couple swimmers who continue to prepare for the junior provincial championships at the end of May, but there are a number of longtime swimmers who said 'enough,' and have left," said Matthews.
"The size of the team has been decimated because of the insecurity surrounding the pool closure."
It's hoped the long-term viability of the YMCA pool was made more secure after an agreement to keep the pool open was reached on Monday between the YMCA's board of directors, the Town of Amherst and the Municipality of Cumberland County. As for the Spartans, they will continue to forge ahead.
"After the junior provincial championships we have the Ken Dunn long course championships in the first week of June," Matthews said. "I think we'll have some good results at those events."

Organizations: YMCA, Spartans Swin Club, Cumberland County Spartans Swim Club Sackville Swim Club

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County

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