This year, the Cleveland Rams had their annual swim tryouts, and it was the largest turnout yet.
The swim coach, Ms. Amy Jo Pierce-Reas, made cuts, and 36 out of the 40 who tried out made it on the team.
The past year’s swim team members put the swim team on social media, which is how most of the people who tried out saw there was a swim team. Most members of the swim have experience outside of the school through other swim teams. “We have the best parent support of any sport,” coach Pierce-Reas said.
Summer swimming is becoming more popular, especially with younger people. ̈”Summer swimming is growing in Johnston County so that is helping our team gain experienced swimmers,” Pierce-Reas said, and this has helped the team tremendously. “The boys team has won conference two years in a row, and we had top finishes at Regionals and State-Mitchell [Langston] was state champion.”
As a result, the talent on both teams have grown from the past years. Pierce-Reas has said, “Overall the teams’ talent on both teams is more widespread than previous years.”
There is a girls and a boys team, the entire boys team from last year (except Mitchell Langston, he graduated 2019) came back. Even two swimmers who had taken last year off came back to the team this year. The team also added three freshmen boys. The girls team has seven returning swimmers (the girls team was small last year) and gained nine new girls to the team, and all but one girl on the team is a freshman.
The team’s first swim meet is Thursday, November 21, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center (SRAC).