MARY HOOKHAM PHOTO The Independent-Register
Students on the BLAST swim team practice laps in the pool in Brodhead on a hot July afternoon.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent

Students on the Brodhead Local Area Swim Team — or BLAST — are learning life skills in the pool while spending time with friends.

“It’s a really relaxed atmosphere with BLAST,” said Tyler Urness, Brodhead pool manager.

The season always begins in mid-June and runs through mid-August. This year there are about 20 BLAST students ranging in age from 8 to 18.

Coach Madisyn Kail keeps the focus on the four competitive strokes: freestyle, back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly. Students also focus on learning the important life skills of swimming and becoming comfortable in the water, Urness said.

Pick up the July 14th print edition for full story….