Club reintroduces adults to swimming
December 16, 2003
By Jared Green
Tribune staff writer
It doesn’t take much to be a member of the Lake Tahoe Kokanee swimming club: a basic aptitude in swimming, a good attitude and a sturdy alarm clock.
The Kokanee club is an offshoot of swimming classes at Lake Tahoe Community College, both run by Dale Bogard. The classes double as practices for the club, although class members aren’t required to join the club and club members aren’t neccessarily students.
Bogard has taught the class at LTCC for the past three years, coaching students on drillwork, technique and endurance. The spring semester starts on Jan. 5, with the class scheduled for the caffeine-friendly time of 6:30 a.m.
Bogard said she started the Kokanee club as a way for some students to get into competition, but she also hopes it will help draw more students to the class.
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“I know there are people out there who want to get some real training,” she said. “I want them to know that there’s a way to structure their workouts, which makes things easier.”
One student who has taken advantage of Bogard’s enthusiasm is Roger Cramer. A former competitive swimmer at UC San Diego, Cramer joined the class last year and swam his first races two weeks ago at the Reno Winner’s Meet. The 39-year-old won five races, his first competition in nearly 20 years.
“I always thought of starting up swimming again, but it’s just one of those things you can lose as you get older,” he said. “I had put on a few pounds and my blood chemistry wasn’t where it was supposed to be. The class just happened to work with my schedule.”
Cramer’s classwork quickly revived his thirst for competition and he’s now the winningest member of Kokanee. The club now has enough members to form a relay team, which finished second in Reno. Bogard said if the club gains more members, Kokanee will attend a larger number of meets.
Sign-ups for the spring quarter are going on now at LTCC. For more information regarding the college classes or on joining the Kokanee please call Dale Bogard at 530-544-5326.
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