After a championship season that was cut short and several months off, the Westfield Area YMCA Devilfish were back together this summer. While practice looked different, and there were no meets, the swimmers were happy to be back doing dryland and practicing in the pool.
The season started with two weeks of dryland to get the kids back in shape and mobile after being out of the pool for over three months. Following that, the team spent the remaining eight weeks of summer doing a mix of dryland and pool workouts during early morning hours at both Memorial and Manor Park pools in Westfield.
The team adhered to all COVID-related guidelines. Temperature checks and health questions were asked before each practice, six feet of social distancing was enforced at both dryland and while waiting on the pool deck and the number of kids in each lane was cut down to two or three versus a pre-COVID lane count that could sometimes approach 10.
Notwithstanding all of the new rules, the kids were happy to be back in the pool doing what they love with their friends, even at 6 a.m.!
Now that a successful summer season has come to an end, the Devilfish are gearing up for their fall season which begins indoors at the Westfield YMCA on Sept. 14. Once again COVID safety measures will be taken, group sizes will be smaller and dryland will continue to be outdoors. With meets not likely anytime soon, the kids are excited to continue to be in the pool knowing that every precaution is being taken to keep them, the coaches and the Y staff safe.
We all look forward to the day when we can get back into the stands and watch the team compete. Until then, work hard, swim fast and Go Devilfish!