BRIDGEWATER, Virginia, April 10. FOR the first time in its history, Bridgewater College has established a varsity women's swim team that will compete with seven other institutions in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Curt Kendall, BC's athletic director, said the team grew out of a swim club that, over the last three years, has become "self sustaining" in terms of student involvement.
"Until that happened, we couldn't consider it as a potential varsity sport," Kendall said. "Now we can. The interest is there, the sport is in place and the search for a head coach has begun."
Kendall said Bridgewater will compete beginning in the fall of 2007, with swim teams from Washington and Lee University, Guilford College, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Randolph-Macon College, Sweet Briar College, Hollins University and Emory and Henry College. At least once during the 19-week season, said Kendall, Bridgewater will host a meet.
He said the new team will most likely start with between 10 and 15 members.
"I think it's a good sport for us, one we can be successful in, particularly in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference," Kendall said. "Plus, it can help us draw women to the athletic side of life at Bridgewater, where we are somewhat underrepresented."