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New Club on the Block: Ben Smith establishes PRO swim squad

Ben Smith, the head coach for the Jamestown High School swimming and diving team started a new swim club in Jamestown.

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Jamestown's Teddy Solensky competes in the 500 yard freestyle on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Solensky is a member of the Prairie Rose Aquatics.
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JAMESTOWN — Ben Smith has really done it all in terms of swimming.

As an athlete, he's put in miles in the pool, getting himself all the way to the collegiate level.

After his college days, Smith suited up as a coach and has become the figurehead of both the Jamestown High School girls and boys swimming and diving teams.

Still there was one more thing Smith wanted to accomplish in terms of the pool — start his very own community-wide swim club.

"This has kind of been a dream of mine for awhile and it was just kind of the right time," Smith said. "You don't know what you are capable of unless you just try and so I just kind of jumped in feet first."

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Smith is the founder of Prairie Rose Aquatics or PRO Swim Club. The club was established in June. The club offers competitive swimmers of all ages and also offers a Masters program for adults.

Smith said the club's two governing boards are USA Swimming and Masters Swimming and the two have helped Smith establish the club.

"We've gotten a lot of good feedback and interest in our program," Smith said. "We have about 35 age-group swimmers and about 15 Masters swimmers. We're just starting out slow and hopefully we can continue to build."

Smith said many of the Blue Jays who swim either in the fall or winter are on the PRO Club roster and that some former Blue Jays have decided to swim for the Masters team The club is also home to some triathlon swimmers and people who are interested in swimming fitness.

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"It's a good variety of people that we have which is so good," Smith said. "We have people who have different goals who come from different backgrounds which makes for a very fun environment."

The club practices at Jamestown High School in the morning hours. At this time, there is no specific practice schedule due to the newness of the club's existence and limited facilities.

Interested swimmers can email Smith at coach@proswimnd.com for more information regarding registrations.

Besides practices, Smith takes the club to different competitions throughout the regional area where participants can compete. As of June 28, the team has only competed in the 2022 South Dakota Aberdeen Summer High P on June 17.

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Once the Masters team becomes more developed, the PRO squad will travel and compete in Masters competitions which are generally held all over the country.

At this time, Smith said he is unsure if the club will continue to meet during the fall, winter and spring but the head coach and founder is extremely excited to be offering area swimmers the chance to compete and better their swimming abilities.

"That's one of the great things about swimming is that it is a lifelong sport and we just really wanted to give back to the community and give the adult swimmers a place to swim," Smith said.

Related Topics: JAMESTOWN BLUE JAYSJAMESTOWN HIGH SCHOOLPREP SPORTSBLUE JAYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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