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Fusion Sponsors Boltz Swim Team For Youth

Coach Mary Beth Seher
Building on the longtime success of the summer swim team, Montgomery County Sharks, Fusion Fitness & Aquatics in Hillsboro has started a winter youth competitive swimming program.

The Boltz swim team, which began in October with six members, has grown to 15 swimmers from Hillsboro, Greenville, Litchfield and Waggoner. Practices are held at the Fusion pool from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The team is coached by Fusion staffer, Mary Beth Seher, a certified lifeguard who teaches most of the facility’s aqua aerobics classes. Assistant Coach Steven Livingstone is also a certified lifeguard and leads the swim lesson programs at Fusion.

This is Mary Beth’s first time to coach swimmers, and she’s dived in with enthusiasm.
“I had to learn everything about competitive swimming,” she says, “from how to run a practice to what a meet is like, plus the rules and regulations of the USA Swim competitive league.”

Executive Director Jessica Chappelear said that Mary Beth has spent many days on the road meeting and developing working relationships with coaches of teams from Jacksonville, Lincoln, Sullivan, Taylorville, Springfield and Decatur.

The Boltz first participated in a Dec. 7 swim meet at Jacksonville. On Jan. 10 the team traveled to Lincoln, where they competed in 30 events including individual events, medleys and four-member relays. Boltz swimmers placed 1st in 17 events, 2nd in seven and 3rd in ten events.

Fusion now offers two levels of instruction, depending on the swimmer’s abilities. For those who are working on swimming the length of the pool and developing strokes, practices are offered three days a week, 4-5 p.m., at a cost of $30/ members and $40/non-members.
Beginning swim lessons are also offered on Saturday morning.

To join the Boltz, a swimmer must know the four strokes –– breast stroke, back stroke, butterfly and free style –– and be able to swim the length of the pool, 25 yards. Practices are available five days a week, 4-6 p.m., at a cost of $50/members and $60/non-members.

Fusion has joined USA Swim, the national governing body for competitive swimming that leads the Olympics and currently has 266,000 athletes. Seher has been certified as a coach by USA Swim, and Fusion is looking for others interested in coaching and becoming certified. Also needed are volunteers to serve as officials and timers so that Fusion could host a swim meet.

For more information, contact Seher or Chappelear at Fusion, 217-532-3896.
Boltz swimmers are, front row l-r: Madeline Watkins, Charlie Baum. Middle row: Leona Baum, Ruby Stevens, Spencer Hoehl, David Saulle. Back row: Sydney Hoehl, Grace Baum, Shaw Riggs, Cody Blain, Griffin Wright. Not pictured: Rylee Morford, Mitchell Earnest Ella Pfeifer.

Reminder of our Insurance Waiver Requirement

Fusion Members and Guests:

With our recent insurance renewal, the following changes have been made to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all members and guests.

1.) As we are updating our member and guest records, all members and guests must sign an updated waiver to enter the facility.

2.) Anyone entering Fusion under the age of 18 must have a signed waiver by the parent or legal guardian before they will be allowed admission.

3.) For your safety, we will have a certified lifeguard in the pool all hours that the pool is open. Therefore, if we are unable to have a lifeguard in the pool area, it will be closed. We will be closing the Pool to the public between 1-4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays effective immediately. We are currently looking for those interested in becoming a certified lifeguard and working daytime hours. If you or anyone is interested in becoming a lifeguard, please contact Fusion.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. Our members and guests can be assured that your safety is our number one priority.

By attaching the waiver to our website, please feel free to print it off and bring it with you or send it with kids if they are coming in with another group. Fusion_Waiver.pdf

January Member of the Month: Michelle Ondrey

Michelle Ondrey, our January member of the month, is the Regional Sales Manager for the lower Midwest at Citizens Bank. She and her family joined Fusion back in 2006! She says she joined so she could continue to live a healthy lifestyle and teach her children the importance and benefits of staying healthy and active. Michelle’s regular regimen consists of cardio and weight training. She also works with our personal trainer, Chris Pederson, and loves to attend our high intensity Group X classes! Michelle shares that her husband, Kelly, visits occasionally and both of her children, Madison and Nicholas, love to play basketball in our gym and run on the track. She goes on to say that she is always excited to see the gym filled with people of all ages committed to creating and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. She feels that our community is bless to have a facility that offers so much. Michelle encourages us all when she says, “Surround yourself with positive and motivating people, it is contagious.”

New Equipment at Fusion - PICKLE-BALL

In response to many requests, we have purchased the necessary equipment for Fusion members and guests to play the popular court game "Pickle-Ball" in our multipurpose gym. Nets will be stored in the gym and interested parties should request paddles and balls at the Front Desk. For those unfamiliar with the game, official Pickle-Ball rules and regulations are also available at the Front Desk.

The gym will be specifically reserved on Thursdays from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for Pickle-Ball. If any nonmembers would like to play, they may bring in a guest pass or purchase a pass at the Front Desk during check-in.

Come F.L.Y. with Us! Swimteam sign up has begun!

Starting on January 5th, Swim Team practices will be held 5 days a week! Practice times are Monday thru Fridays 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Swim team will be held thru thru March. Prices are $50 a month for members and $60 a month for nonmembers. Additional children receive a $5 per month discount. Pay for all 5 months at one time and receive a 10% discount.

Students who are not quite ready for the team but are working on stroke ettiquette and endurance are encouraged to come from 4-5pm during these practices.

As practices will be offered Monday thru Friday, it is not required to be at practice all 5 days.

Tryouts are still available with coaching staff. Contact the Front Desk at 532-3896 with questions or stop by to register.

POOL IS OPEN!

We now have enough lifeguards to cover all of our operating hours! Therefore, our pool will be open and guarded at all times! Come on in and JUST KEEP SWIMMING!

MOVE UPDATE

Our 7th session of MOVE is coming up! MOVE is a national weight management program especially for veterans. It is an 8 week program focused around nutrition and physical activity. MOVE is free to veterans and sponsored by HAH. If you are interested in joining the program please visit the front desk!

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