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Making a splash

Making a splash

Adults now have a place to swim as a team with Masters USA swim club at Center Grove High School

Isaiah Tworek, Miranda Tworek and Chris Cuadros all swam in their school-age years. Picking the sport back up as an adult was not so easy, as pool accessibility was limited and there was no personal accountability.

The three friends officially started the Center Grove Aquatics Club USA Masters swim club, for adults 18 and older, in January. Now with more than 25 members, they are looking to continue to grow the club and offer adults a place to swim for recreation or to compete.

“You throw that team aspect in any sport and you will get motivation and inspiration,” Isaiah said. “Swimming is an individual sport, but the team makes the sport.”

Practices take place at the Center Grove High School pool, Tuesdays, 4:45 – 5:45 a.m.; Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 6 – 7 a.m.

Isaiah and Miranda, Perry Township residents, are both full-time social workers. Isaiah is Center Grove middle school head coach boys swimming and coach for the Center Grove Aquatic Club. He received permission to swim in the mornings and was soon joined by his wife, Miranda.

“We swam for a about year before Chris started, but with no constancy,” Isaiah said. “There was no accountability.”

Cuadros’ children swim in the aquatics club. He joined the Tworeks during their morning swims nearly a year ago. As word spread of the morning workouts, people began asking to join, but they couldn’t for insurance and liability purposes. That’s when the three friends decided to start the Masters USA club.

“We realized there were some Masters programs in Carmel or near IUPUI, but nothing in Johnson County,” Isaiah said. “When the parents started asking and word started getting around, that’s when it bloomed.”

The practices are set up so that two lanes are open swim, the next three lanes are “level one,” and the final three lanes are for the more advanced swimmers.

“It’s exciting because their kids might swim together, but they can come together as adults and have that support, accountability and community,” Miranda said. “There’s nothing like it, unless you go 45 minutes north. There are a lot of people, myself included, where a low impact sport is helpful. It’s a great sport for the community, longevity wise. It caters to anyone from 18 to 80 years old.”

Cuadros said the benefit to being a Masters club, is having the coaches there to write out workout routines, observe and give tips.

“We all have backgrounds in swimming and coaching,” Cuadros said. “Workouts are challenging. Each workout has a specific goal. For example, we did a breathing set the other day, trying to extend your breathing past every other stroke. Part of our success so far, we’re not just throwing this together. We’re putting together a quality program for the swim community.”

For more information, visit facebook.com/groups/CGACMasters/.

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