Swinn plans to make new swim program competitive
Jacob Swinn knows where he wants to take the new Maverick Aquatics program.
The 29-year-old Swinn is the head swim coach for Maverick Aquatics, and the new director of aquatics at El Pomar Natatorium at Mesa State College.
Swinn is hosting his first meet with this weekend’s Western Slope Long Course Championships at El Pomar.
“We are in transition from what used to be the Grand Junction Dolphins into Maverick Aquatics,” Swinn said. “Right now, we are just holding it together for the rest of the season.”
The club swimming season ends in August and begins again in early September. For now, Swinn is finishing the season, but said he plans to put his spin on the program when the new season begins.
“After the state meet, I’ll restructure the team and restructure the groups,” Swinn said. “I’m going to put my own mark on it.”
Swinn is from Roseburg, Ore., attended the University of Oregon and received his masters’ degree in secondary education from the University of Southern California.
Swinn said he’s always wanted to live and work in Colorado, and loves the facilities at Mesa State.
“(El Pomar Natatorium) is one of the big reasons I wanted to come here,” Swinn said. “You don’t get a chance to work at facilities like this very often.”
Swinn said his main goal is to add to the size of the swim team.
“Right now it’s a fairly small team for a good-sized town,” Swinn said. “I want to see the club be competitive with the rest of the teams on the Western Slope.”
Swinn has two assistants, with former Dolphins head coach Dale Leonhart coaching the senior swimmers and Alex Rogers working with the youngest group. Swinn is coaching the rest.
“I want to recruit kids,” Swinn said. “We’ve already started a swim lesson program and that can hopefully feed the team.”
Swinn has plenty of responsibilities as aquatics director at El Pomar Natatorium. He’s in charge of setting up meets and running the daily operations at the pool. He’s focused on making Mavericks Aquatics a competitive team in Colorado.
“I’m here with Maverick Aquatics the whole time,” Swinn said. “They made it clear that building Maverick Aquatics was a priority.”
Individual swims from Friday’s meet included Maverick Aquatics’ Travis Newland winning the 11-12-year-old 400-meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 27.83 seconds.
Gavin Tomps of the Grand Valley Wave won the 8-and-under 25-yard freestyle in 19.21.
The Montrose Marlins lead the team scores with 475.5 points, followed by Aspen with 388.
Maverick Aquatics is in fourth with 317 points.