It is the crack of dawn and swimmers already are doing laps at the Moss Creek Village pool.
No, these are not the residents; they are swimmers who are very passionate about America's No. 1 Olympic sport: swimming.
Early on any given morning you can find a number of swimmers at Moss Creek, including 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Cullen Jones, world record holder Nick Thoman and the entire 2009 National Team champions.
"That is why we truly embrace the opportunity provided by the Moss Creek community; a beautiful facility, conveniently located, that provides our athletes the only opportunity to train long-course outside," said Casey Corser, SwimMAC Carolina's Marketing and Public Relations director. "All of our competitive teams train there at some point over the summer, but the most notable swimmers are our Team Elite members, the professional and post-collegiate athletes training for national and international competitions, representing SwimMAC and the USA."
It all began in 1977, when five determined families with a passion for swimming created SwimMAC Carolina. Today it is one of the county's most outstanding USA Swimming competition clubs. The facility offers a renowned learn-to-swim program as well as various competitive and fitness programs for children and adults.
"All of these skills help to promote and empower young people to become champions in everything that they do, for their entire life, regardless if they choose to be competitive swimmers, participate in other sports, or just use the sport as a healthy life choice," Corser said.
"We are passionate about making our sport available to every child and adult that desires to pursue the lifesaving skill of swimming and the fitness benefits our sport offers."
This fall, SwimMAC will offer competitive team swimming and Junior Swim League at the West Cabarrus YMCA. Sherah Aiken, SwimMAC's new Cabarrus County head coach, will oversee all programs at the West Cabarrus Y, including the Junior Swim League and the Nova, Fireball and Silver age-group competitive year-round teams.
A former four-year varsity swimmer for the University of South Carolina, Florida native Aiken was an instructor in the university's Physical Education Department and a top breaststroke swimmer for the Gamecocks.
"SwimMAC offers a program for every swimmer at every level, and I am excited about being a part of this growing program and the partnership with the Cabarrus County/Concord YMCA," Aiken said.
For more information on SwimMAC Carolina and the competitive programs, visit www.swimmaccarolina.org.