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September 21, 2018

Donation from Speed Demon Swim Team Helps Make New Timing System Possible at Granby Pool


Fulton YMCA Speed Demon parents, swimmers and the team's coach present a check to Fulton school district Athletic Director Chris Ells for the new timing system at Granby Elementary School pool.  From left in the first row: Ells, former Speed Demon Parent Group President Diane Tallents, and swimmers Caleb Trepasso, Hailey Mason and Dominick Mason. In the second row, from left, are parents Sandy Strauss and Kimberly Trudell, swimmers Jacob Strauss and Grace Trepasso, former swimmer Josh Strauss, current Parent Group President Liz Rawls and Speed Demon head coach Dexter Hinman.

Fulton YMCA Speed Demon parents, swimmers and the team’s coach present a check to Fulton school district Athletic Director Chris Ells for the new timing system at Granby Elementary School pool. From left in the first row: Ells, former Speed Demon Parent Group President Diane Tallents, and swimmers Caleb Trepasso, Hailey Mason and Dominick Mason. In the second row, from left, are parents Sandy Strauss and Kimberly Trudell, swimmers Jacob Strauss and Grace Trepasso, former swimmer Josh Strauss, current Parent Group President Liz Rawls and Speed Demon head coach Dexter Hinman.

The Fulton YMCA Speed Demon community swim team is a tenant at the Granby Elementary School swimming pool.  They rent time to use the pool for practices and meets because the YMCA does not have a competition-sized pool.

The timing system in the pool has been balky at best for several years.  It often malfunctions.

The team stepped up when the school district asked for help to buy a new timing system.

Earlier this month, the Board of Education approved buying a Colorado Time Systems timing system, the same system in use in nearly every other school in the region.  The cost:  $27,052.

The Speed Demons then made good its promise to the district, delivering a check for $8,000 to help defray the cost of the system.  And Speed Demon parents Sandy and Tom Strauss provided another $1,900 from donations made to the Fulton Booster Club in the name of Sandy Strauss’s mother, who passed away Sept. 1.  The Boosters also chipped in, according to Sandy Strauss.

The swim team set aside the money for the timing system from money earned the last time the Speed Demons hosted the regional YMCA swim league’s district meet.

The team told school officials that the timing system does more than support the varsity swim team and the YMCA club team.  It also makes it possible for the Speed Demons to continue to host the multi-team district meet, which provides a major part of the team’s revenues and provides an economic boost to Fulton from out-of-towners who stay in local and area hotels, and buy food and gasoline.

The timing system, which consists of touch pads at the starting points in the water of the six lane pool, along with a scoreboard and the equipment, wiring and software to operate it, has been ordered.

The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons are a community swim team based at the Fulton YMCA.  The team is made up of boys and girls ages 5 – 18 from Fulton and surrounding communities.

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