Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Duluth East girls' swimming team has a new home this season, with a competitive pool part of a $29 million renovation project at Ordean East Middle School.
The team had previously practiced at Woodland Middle School and held meets at Morgan Park Middle School, but the new pool now allows Duluth East a true home for their swimming and diving teams.
"When we were swimming at Woodland with 58 [people] on the team, we were running practices with seven or eight swimmers per lane," Duluth head co-head coach Lindsay Byrska said. "Now we've got three or four girls to a lane."
The first official meet at the new pool will be August 28 when Duluth East takes on Duluth Denfeld in a dual meet, with that scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.
The captains of this year's Greyhounds team called the pool a huge step forward for the swimming and diving program at Duluth East.
"It's a lot easier to breathe. There are a lot more lanes, and there are a lot less people in the lanes," junior captain Meghan Friske said. "It's a lot less crowded, and it's just a really beautiful pool."
"I feel really fortunate to get in there, especially as a captain," senior captain Sam Marlow said. "To come here and lead the girls in a really nice pool, it's a breath of fresh air."