Sedgwick pool is the coolest spot in town

Annamarie Armfield prepares to practice her start during swim team practice earlier this week.

by Bill Bush

SEDGWICK—This year the crowds at the Sedgwick swimming pool have been typical for a normal summer, which means the pool has been crowded and busy, according to pool manager Lisa Matson.

Lifeguard Abby Garrett helps Cara Boston learn to float during swim lessons at the Sedgwick public pool on Monday.

“It’s been great having everybody come back and be in the pool,” Lisa said, referencing last year’s pandemic protocols that included extra cleaning, no out-of-town swimmers, and social distancing except for family household members. “We’ve been really busy, had great turnouts, and kids are having loads of fun.”

The first session of swim lessons had so many kids show up (in the mid-30’s) that they had to use six instructors instead of their normal four, according to Kylie Matson, this year’s assistant manager. The second two-week session began this week and twenty-five kids showed up on the first day.

Kylie said the biggest day so far at the pool has been around 200 people.

The swim team also has large numbers this year with sixty competitors.

The only sign that the pool will slow down is the beginning of school.

“We are booked, almost, the rest of the summer already,” Lisa said.

The last day for the pool to be open daily will be Sunday, Aug. 8. Lisa said they might open for a night or two that following week, and then they will be open the weekend of Aug. 14-15, from 1-6 p.m. on both days. Then the pool will close for another year.

But before then, there are still several events that local residents can take advantage of. On Tuesday, July 20, Telecom Internet is offering a free swim time that evening for Sedgwick residents, as a way of saying thank you to the community for using its services, according to Lisa.

Dalton McQuilty blows bubbles during the first day of swim lessons on Monday.

From 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, the United Way is hosting a free swim time, asking people to bring school supplies or monetary donations in lieu of the pool entry fee. Lisa said the supplies will be given to USD 439 and the money will be used to purchase gift cards for teachers.

Finally, on Saturday, Aug. 7, the pool will host a triathlon, as they have in the past. Details for that event will be in the newspaper in the next couple of weeks.

For more information on any of these events, or about the swimming pool in general, contact the pool at 316-772-3588.

Swim lesson instructor Hailey Atwill works with a group of eager learners. Well, some of them are eager.
Swim lesson instructor Hailey Atwill works with a group of eager learners. Well, some of them are eager.
Kylie Matson, Sedgwick swimming pool assistant manager, instructs swim lesson students on swimming pool safety protocols.
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