The Island Eye News

Dolphins Finish Season Strong

By Susan Hill Smith for The Island Eye News

Photos by Mic Smith Photography LLC

Conrad Stabene was a bronze medal winner for the Dolphins for butterfly in the 9/10 age category.

Wild Dunes Dolphins Swim Team made notable gains with the 2018 season, which ended with the team taking fourth place at the East Cooper Swim League Championships the weekend of July 20-21.

“This year, we won three out of five meets, had more swimmers participating in meets and practices, and successfully implemented a team-wide big brother and big sister program,” said Head Coach Nick Tipling. “In short, we grew in size, got faster, and became an even closer-knit team.”

Wild Dunes Resort provides its Swim Center to the team for evening practices during the season.

While based at Wild Dunes, the team brings together swimmers, ages 5 to 18, from the East Cooper islands and neighboring communities. The number of Dolphins has grown every year for the past three years, and this summer, the team had more than 140 swimmers on the roster. “At every meet, we had no fewer than 110 swimmers participating and many dropping time in their races,” the coach reports.

“I’m incredibly proud of what we accomplished this year and in our championship meet performance as well,” he says. The team was not expected to be in the top half of the 10 competing teams, “but the swimmers showed up, and we placed third on the first day, fourth overall.”

The attitude and team spirit exhibited by the Dolphins was just as important to the coach.

“Swimmers were doing a great job cheering for their teammates and showing they cared.”

The 2018 East Cooper Swim League Championship meet was held at Mount Pleasant Recreation Department’s Park West pool.