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In the Beginning There Were Six
In the Beginning There Were Six
Six dedicated athletes. That’s all it took to form the first swim team in Whitworth College history back in 1962. Through the efforts of Bob Wells and John Said, two interested athletes, a team was formed and began workouts in December of 1961, concluding with a practice meet against Eastern Washington University in February of 1962. Cold days and a long commutes are what these six had to deal with due to the lack of a swimming pool on the Whitworth campus. With the closest indoor pool being located at Shadle Park, the swimmers would wake up before the sun and head off to Shadle so they could get their workout in before the start of classes. They would then return in the evenings to practice again, getting in as much water time as possible. This hard work and dedication to the sport would pay off that first year when they went head to head against Eastern Washing University in Cheney. At this practice meet the Whitworth swimmers walked away with a near win as they won three of seven events. What made the meet even more outstanding were the times that these young men put on the board. Nearly every swim was within a second or two of the Evergreen Conference record. With a successful season behind them, they hung their suits to dry and set their sights on the following year, where they would compete against the entire conference for the first time.

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