by Payton Miller–The Morningside swim team is set to host its third annual relay meet this Friday, October 7, at the HPER pool.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to compete against each other in a single 200-yard-freestyle relay. Individuals interested in participating must field a team of four individuals; each team member will swim 50 yards. The cost to compete is just $5 per team.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Morningside men’s and women’s swim team to help cover the cost of travel and equipment.
The fundraiser was put together three years ago by assistant coach and Morningside alumni Grace Nordquist as a way of getting the swim team a bit more involved in the homecoming week festivities.
“The goal was just to have people come, have fun, and essentially get a chance to see what our swimmers do and all the hard work they put in to be able to race as we do,” said Bryan Farris, head coach of Morningside Swimming.
One of the women’s team captains, Natalie Hunt, described what this event means to the team. “This meet is always fun because it’s a great way to start the season. It gets the whole school involved and gives people a chance to see what our team does even if it’s just one short race,” Hunt said.
The Morningside swimmers will not be competing in the race, however. They will be on deck to time the races and cheer for anyone that shows up to compete.
“The swimmers always have fun watching their classmates and professors and whoever else compete because it means they don’t have to,” Farris said.
The winning teams will receive various prizes, including gift cards, coupons for free pizza, and subway gift cards. The number of prizes will be based on the number of teams registered to compete before the event.