Among the numerous active clubs at St. Mary’s this year, the recreational Swim Club has been added to the lineup. The club meets three times a week, and is open to all students, with no experience required.
Sophomore Isabella Wajsowicz Macrae, Swim Club president, says that she has had a passion for swimming since she was 7 years old, and swam on her high school swim team. Macrae says swimming is an activity that “you can improve at and motivate yourself.” She wanted a way in which to continue a sport she loves while also leaving time for other activities she enjoys.
The club is a student initiative to create an opportunity to swim without any commitment. There is an emphasis on working to improve stroke technique, rather than endurance. The club offers a low pressure way to relieve some stress and go for a quick swim. The club also does not participate in any competitions, so it provides students with a way to pursue swimming without the competitive nature.
Swim Club is a great chance to socialize with other students who have a passion for swimming, as well as get involved in healthy exercise. Swimming is not stressful on the body, and can prove to be very relaxing, Macrae says.
To join the recreational Swim Club, all you need to complete is the assumption of risk form and the pool swim test. The Swim Club practices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:15 pm at the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center pool, and Fridays from 2:45 to 3:45 pm for dryland practice.