BY POPULAR demand, Jackson County Comprehensive High School will swim competitively next year, taking part in its first meet this winter.
Tammi Gowen has been named the program’s first coach, and the team will hold its practices in Gainesville.
“A group of parents made some requests and worked with the school system to secure almost everything,” said Gowen, who coached tennis at Jackson County previously.
Gowen said she is both very excited and very nervous to be heading up the program. Her only goal for next year is to “set the bar high.”
To this point, 20 swimmers have signed up for the inaugural team, and Gowen hopes to add more as the offseason progresses. The program is still in its organizational stages.
“Right now I am working on contacting the swimmers and getting a meeting together,” Gowen said. “Many of the swimmers are involved in summer leagues so they are working off season with their summer league team.”
Gowen didn’t want to speculate yet who her top swimmers might be next year, saying that “all my swimmers will be amazing and I look forward to working with them all.”
Gowen, herself, swam competitively for a time in high school.
“I swam one year in high school,” she said. “I wasn’t very good, but it was a wonderful learning experience for me. Swimming is a great sport and pastime.”