Boys Varsity Swimming, Girls Varsity Swimming · No Pool… No Problem; SHS Athletes Work Around Huge Obstacle


When the Scott County Family YMCA decided it could no longer keep their pool open, it created a big issue for the Scottsburg High School Swim Team… Where do we swim?  The question on many minds was “How do we keep a swim team with no swimming pool?”

For the next two seasons, New Washington High School and Greater Clark County Schools were able to allow the Scottsburg Swim teams (high school and middle school) some time to practice throughout the swim season.  Problem solved… until a global pandemic hit in 2020!  When COVID-19 shut down athletics in the Spring of 2020, there wasn’t an immediate concern for winter sports.  When the school year started however, it became apparent that finding a pool to practice may be difficult.  Many schools, including New Washington High School, were no longer allowing any outside groups to use their facilities.

What next for the swim team?  Would the season be over before it started?  Coach Brandon Jerrell had a plan, albeit not ideal.  The team would do dry land practices.  Meaning the team would meet daily in the weight room and do the best they could.  Try to get in as many events as the IHSAA allows, and hope that athletes would stick it out.

But, that path wasn’t ideal and the student athletes were not taking well to dry land only practices.  Coach Jerrell decided to check with other YMCA’s to see what would happen if they purchased memberships for the team members.  Floyd County YMCA approved of the plan but there was one small catch… the team could only practice BEFORE school in the morning.  So now, 14 members of the swim team along with the 2 coaches get up at 4:30 am, leave the school at 5 am for practices at the Floyd County YMCA and then return to school at 7:30 am to get the rest of their day started.

The swim team has proven what is possible if you do not let an obstacle get in your way, and it has paid off so far with a 2nd place finish for the girls at the Seymour Swim Duals and a 4th place finish for the boys team.