By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer
The Clovis High School swimming program is going co-ed.
Four years after the formation of a girls program, the school will start fielding a boys team in 2005.
“We’re excited to have a boys program,” said Vince DeMaio, who will be coaching the boys and girls teams.
DeMaio and Clovis athletics director Dale Fullerton believe the boys program will grow over the coming years as Clovis’ feeder program develops.
DeMaio isn’t setting his expectations high for the first season.
“I’d be happy to have five, to tell you the truth,” he said.
One of those figures to be Jake Pyeatt, who will be an eighth grader at Yucca Junior High.
“I think it’s really good,” said Pyeatt, who qualified in four events in the state USA Swimming meet for 12 to 13-year-olds. He took fifth in the 50-meter freestyle.
Pyeatt said he wasn’t surprised when he heard the official decision. He said he had gotten the impression from DeMaio that a boys team was in the works.
Fullerton said official discussion on adding a boys team starting in February. He also said adding a boys teams provides athletic opportunity at a low cost.
“We felt it wouldn’t bring the school much of an expense and gives kids the opportunity to swim if they wanted to,” Fullerton said. “You’ve already got a girls team traveling to these meets and everyone of them you’ve got boys competing, too.”
Both teams will practice at Play Inc.