Swim club donation benefits high school

DANVILLE — Danville High School's swimming program will benefit from a new high-tech piece of equipment thanks to a local athletic organization.

Team Phoenix Aquatics donated $10,068 to the high school to purchase an automatic timing system for the natatorium. The new equipment will make its debut at the Oct. 7 swim meet, Superintendent Mark Denman said.

The club will be recognized for its contribution at Wednesday's school board meeting.

The club was a USA swim team that formed after the Nelson's Turtles swim club dissolved several years ago. After the new club dissolved, officials decided to donate the balance of their treasury to the high school, knowing that a lot of area swimmers would compete there and benefit from the equipment.

The high school pool already has an automatic timing system, which starts when an electronic signal is initiated and stops when the swimmer touches the end wall "touch pad" in his lane, and transmits the time to the scoreboard. However, it needs to be replaced.

Denman said the entire system costs $11,955, and the district will cover the remaining amount.

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