A crowded house
Last year, Coahulla Creek became the third high school in Whitfield County with a swimming and diving team. Northwest Whitfield started its program in 2006. Dalton’s team has existed since 1974 and the boys won Georgia High School Association state championships in 1993 and 2013.
The other teams that use the facility are Dalton Middle School and the Carpet Capital Aquatic Club’s Makos, which Dalton High coach Charles Todd said includes swimmers from Catoosa, Gilmer, Gordon and Whitfield counties.
The Raiders and Lady Raiders would have to find a time somewhere between those five teams.
“That’s the hard part, because no one wants to give up much. They may practice weekends and one day a week because weekends are the least crowded,” Todd said. “It presents a problem, doesn’t it? They’ve been talking about this for six months to a year. I’ve been telling them, ‘Look, we’ll do our best to make it work.’”
Todd also coaches the Makos.
Whitfield County Schools paid Dalton Public Schools for Coahulla Creek and Northwest’s pool usage. The amount depended on the number of practices per week, the times and the number of lanes needed. Dalton Public Schools board member Danny Crutchfield previously said Northwest would pay $3,800 in 2012-2013, and Todd estimated the same amount when talking about it this week. He added Coahulla Creek’s cost last year was about $1,500.
“Northwest used the pool a lot more than the Creek,” Todd said. “The Creek had two lanes to Northwest’s four, if they both used the pool at the same time. Northwest has been around longer and have more swimmers and practiced more, while Coahulla Creek was in its first year. Northwest also used the pool during holidays.”
Todd said Northwest practiced from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and also Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coahulla Creek’s times were 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Dalton practiced Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dalton Middle practiced Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Makos practiced Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
A possibility, Todd said, is for the Southeast swimmers to join the CCAC Makos. Calhoun High’s swimmers did this and practiced with the Makos while competing as a high school team at GHSA competitions. The cost to join is $150 per swimmer, and then there are USA Swimming registration fees, which Todd didn’t know. Todd said Calhoun’s school pays half the fees and the swimmers or their parents pay the other half.