Side Lines for Friday — March 31, 2006

Just a month ago, Swim Kaua’i Aquatics (SKA), a newly formed USA Swimming sanctioned swim team began with three swimmers and now just a few weeks later, the group has grown to over 30 athletes.

“We currently have 25 (USAS) registered swimmers and approximately six U.S. masters swimmers,” Swim Kaua’i Aquatics head coach Ro Davis wrote in an e-mail.

“Our goal was 20 and we’re well above that. We’re happy with the progress and wish it would stop raining,” Davis commented.

And according to Davis, the reason for the rapid rise in swimmers is based on two principles.

“We’re offering an alternative and a quality alternative. Whether a young or adult swimmer, we offer a quality swimming experience,” Davis said.

“We believe if we’re going to be out there, we’re going to do a good job,” Davis continued.

For now, SKA is practicing only at Kaua’i High School’s pool and in Princeville, but there are plans to branch out into Kapa’a and Waimea.

“We’re starting small at this point. It’s (Lihu’e) a long way for people to travel, so we got a location in Princeville. Our goal is to eventually be in Kapa’a and Waimea,” Davis said.

SKA also offers introductory, competitive swim lessons for all ages and swimming all the time is key.

“We want to swim as much as we can. We really don’t cancel pool time unless of course there’s thunder or lightning,” Davis said.

SKA’s practices run everyday except Wednesdays. On those days, the group swims from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Saturdays, SKA runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call Davis to get involved or for more information at 635-6897.

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