Pool Opens With A Splash

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The Memorial Day weekend opening-day crowd at Taylor Pool wasn't the overflow masses of some past years.

But the lack of numbers didn't deter the fun of those who showed up May 26 to enjoy an aquatic respite in the cool waters of the Rumsey Park town pool.

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The opening of Taylor Pool on May 26 didn't attract big crowds, but it featured lots of fun for all the young people ready to get wet.

The most popular attraction for the younger set was the diving board. Swimmers of all ages eagerly waited in line for a turn to show their acrobatic stuff in jumps and dives off the board.

While some executed well-conceived plunges, others plummeted through free fall nose dives.

For those interested in honing their board skills, there will be an Introduction to Beginning Diving class offered this summer, for children ages 6 and older.

Other classes expected to start up this week included junior lifeguarding, water aerobics and youth swimming lessons.

Also on the agenda is the summer recreational swim team that has been a fixture at the pool since former Taylor pool manager Jim Quinlan founded The Pikes in 1985.

During the team's heyday, the roster featured more than 160 aspiring swimmers, and many of them have gone on to become lifeguards and swim instructors.

Last year's pool manager, Austin White, was a former member of The Pikes. He resigned his position last spring to realize his lifelong dream of working as a trainer at Sea World in San Diego.

Before leaving Payson, White attributed his years on The Pikes swim team to helping prepare him for his new job at the California aquatic park.

"Mr. Quinlan taught me a lot, things I've never forgotten," he said

Membership in the swim team is open to youths 5 to 18. Practices are weekday mornings and all meets are held at Taylor Pool on Saturday mornings throughout the summer. Members also have the option to traveling to away meets, where they are eligible to compete unattached.

For more information on Taylor Pool and its offerings, call the town parks offices at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7. The pool number is (928) 474-2774.

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