The Elkin High School swim team is coached by Oz Prim and Lakan Dobson. Prim has been coaching the swim team for more than 40 years. Dobson is new to coaching this year, but has swam competitively almost all her life.
The team consists of 14 men and 10 women, making a total of 24 athletes. According to Prim and Dobson, the team’s strongest stroke would have to be freestyle. Prim said, “Our teams are pretty solid in all strokes, probably strongest in freestyle (50 to 200). All our relays are solid, and all six have a good chance to make states.”
After Prim’s 40-plus years of coaching, he doesn’t know of anything that he dislikes about it. He said, “I find it very fulfilling to work with kids. I consider myself blessed to be able to coach these swimmers.”
As for Dobson, her least favorite part about coaching is “when a swimmer loses their race, despite the hard work that they put in each day at practice.”
Both Prim and Dobson love being able to watch the swimmers improve throughout the season.
Their main goal for this season is to build strength, speed and endurance, so that the athletes will have better technique and have a greater chance of winning. During practice they do a variety of drills including “a combination of sprints and long distant workouts,” said Dobson.
Even through these tough practices, the kids still manage to stay motivated. Dobson said, “I can tell that a swimmer isn’t giving their all at practice, whether it be because of a long day at school or just a bad day. Other than that our team stays motivated throughout the season to reach our goal of becoming conference champions, and making it to regionals and states.”
The Elkin Wet Lightning summer league swim team has a big part in helping the Elkin High School swim team. Most of the kids swim year-round, so by having this program it helps the athletes stay in shape. It also helps because so many younger kids grow up swimming, and continue it in high school, making our swim teams more experienced than other schools.
Dobson said, “Oz Prim has coached both Elkin Wet Lightning and the Elkin High School swim team for many years, and his knowledge of the sport and coaching experience have a significant impact on our team’s success.”
Brittany Collins, Emma Henstock, and Sydney Collins are English students at Elkin High School.