The Villages - May 2017 - 27
Dave Phelps is another Swim Fit student, although
he only recently dived into the classes.
"I've been at it about a month and a half," he said.
The Village Santo Domingo resident said he's a
skilled swimmer, with no relation to the decorated
Olympian with the same last name. In addition to
attending Swim Fit, he swims 2,000 meters daily.
He's always been "at home" in the water, he said,
swimming throughout high school and college at
the regional level. Even so, Phelps said the class is
"This is interval training," he said. "It's a real
aerobic workout. It's hard, and taxing, but I like it
a lot. Trice knows her stuff and she has helped me
to improve since day-one, to change my technique and
increase my speed and abilities. I had a heart attack
about 11 years ago, so staying in shape is important
to me. I work hard and I have more energy than
most 67 year olds, I think. Between this and golf, I
A former swimming coach, Hirr joined the swim
team when she came to The Villages and then
was asked to begin coaching. She saw the need
to implement her class after watching Villagers
swimming laps without any structure.
"People asked me questions and wanted to learn
proper stroke techniques," she said. "But all they had
available was the swim team or the option to do laps
on their own. There was nothing in between."
Hirr's class fills the gap. The sport of swimming has
evolved, she said. Technique has changed and even
those who were skilled and competitive at one time
now are tasked with re-learning the ropes.
"I'm working with students to get them out of the
'60s and show them a new way to swim," she said.
"I'm bringing them up-to-date."
Hirr said the old methods had swimmers holding
their heads higher, which forced their feet to drop
farther into the water.
"It was like swimming uphill," she said.
As for Hirr's goals for her group, she aims to give
her students a workout, a means to burn calories
while developing structure and glean cardiovascular
"It's not competitive. We're all friends here," she
said. "We have potlucks. We enjoy it."
By all accounts, the class has good, clean,
chlorinated fun while working hard, too.
I'm working with students
to get them out of the '60s and
show them a new way to swim.
I'm bringing them up-to-date.
- Trice Hirr
Swim Fit meets from 3 to 3:50 p.m.
Mondays and Thursdays at Colony
Cottage sports spool. For information,
call Trice Hirr at 352-259-8316.