The merged Schenectady/Colonie girls’ swimming and diving team just might have a fall season after all.
“We’re not totally done yet,” Schenectady athletic director Steve Boynton said Tuesday afternoon. “We have been meeting with outside organizations to see if they can help financially. We haven’t committed to anything, and we don’t know if it will happen or not.”
The team was idle Monday when the fall sports season officially began in New York state because its eight-lane home pool at Schenectady High School isn’t ready for use at this time due to the school district’s financial woes. That will have to change in order for the team that consists of approximately 25 student-athletes to compete.
“We’re at the mercy of finances,” Schenectady/Colonie head coach Travis Herron said.
“There is a huge cost with running the pool. You’re looking at cleaners, heating the facility, chemicals,” Boynton said. “Due to financial reasons, we’re looking at a couple of different options. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we can get the girls in the pool. Reality is, we don’t know.”
But there is a possibility.
“I thought we were dead in the water last week,” Herron said. “Now we have hope. I’m very pleased with that. I want to see the kids in the water.”
Schenectady/Colonie is not listed on the Suburban Council swimming and diving schedule that was recently released. Herron believes other league coaches would be accommodating as far as setting up meets should his team get the necessary backing.
“They are all good people in Section II swimming,” Herron said.
Schenectady merged with Colonie last season, and the team went 4-4 in the Suburban Council and 5-4 overall. In previous years, wins were few for Schenectady.
“We are coming off a tremendous season,” Herron said. “If it was just the Schenectady team, it would have been the best team we ever had. With the Colonie kids, that brought us up another notch.
“The kids really complemented each other. It was nice to see how they meshed so well.”
Schenectady is offering soccer, cross country, golf and tennis this fall, but only at the varsity level.
“That also had to do with the financial effect,” Boynton said of the school not fielding modified, freshman and junior varsity teams.
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