With just a few weeks of the season behind them, the Fort Scott Hurricanes have already found success in the Southeast Kansas Swim League, winning their first three swim meets of the year so far.
“I think things are going pretty well,” first-year head coach David Sachau said, adding the league provides a great opportunity for students to exercise and rise early during the summer. “The kids seem to be improving and having fun.”
Wednesday, June 22, Fort Scott hosted the weekly meet for the league, which includes eight teams including those from Iola, Chanute, Coffeyville, Independence and others. The most recent meet ended with Fort Scott being awarded the victory over the Independence swimmers, who were only able to bring about 12 of their normal 70 swimmers.
The Hurricanes have about 80 swimmers this year, ranging from five to 18 years old. The season runs from June through the fourth weekend in July.
Sachau said Fort Scott will host four of the regular season swim meets this year, as well as the league meet held the weekend of July 22 and 23. Hosting that event only comes about once every five years for each city, Sachau said, and it will likely bring about 300 people to the city of Fort Scott.
As the local team, Fort Scott will provide programs to hand out to visitors during that league swim meet, and Sachau said local businesses and organizations are encouraged to purchase advertising to be included in those programs.
Tonight, the Fort Scott team will compete once more, this time in a swim meet against the Humboldt team.