Beginning as a club with one unofficial meet and funding from parents, to a team of 55 swimmers with an undefeated season; 27 of whom who contributed to this year's boys and girls state championship title, the GM swim team has come a long way to success. While past coaches, parents, and directors are credited for this amazing progress, Coach Janice Nette is especially acknowledged and remembered as the founder of the team as she wraps up her final year with the swim team.
"My son, he's graduating [this year]; I figured this would be a good ending point... The team is very well established now, so I feel it is a good time to leave, " Nette said.
As Coach Nette exits, she is fondly described in many ways by her swimmers. Being a "mother" was the most common one. Like a mother, she teaches the basics and handles the difficult paperwork. For meets she does communication, registration work, sets up the computer for the year, and pulls in entries for home meets.
"She keeps everyone in shape; not in the swimming sense, [but] as in get there on time and be respectful; that sense," freshman, Will Langan said.