“Sharing the Y is another concern that we have. Finding time for them to practice, which we’ve talked to the Y and Ryan Harkema. We’ve been setting swim time because a lot of people who belong to the Y exercise in the water so we’ve got to set up a time where we can get our kids in there, whether in the early morning or later in the evening.”
Pederson added the success of the Y program helped in the reformation of the high school swimming program. He said there’s really no option past eighth grade for kids to continue swimming.
“Now they can continue swimming for Oskaloosa and that’s going to be pretty good. People will want to represent Oskaloosa High School through the Oskaloosa swim team,” he said. “The (Oskaloosa) Booster Club is giving start-up money for uniforms and warm-ups.”
Oskaloosa will not have a home meet this winter as the pool at the Y has only four lanes and depth of the water at one end of the pool is not deep enough to dive in.
Pederson said Oskaloosa could get in anywhere from 8 to 10 meets this year pending on how many kids sign up for the team.