Narwhals End Inaugural Season as Champs
The Northwest Narwhals End Inaugural Season as Regional Champs
Posted on 07/29/2021
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Northwest Narwhals Swim Team

Northwest ISD ushered in a new era this summer.

 168 NISD students between the ages of 6 and 18 registered to compete as Northwest Narwhals and be a part of the district’s first ever swim team.

The Narwhals — who practiced and competed in the district’s newly completed aquatic center ended the inaugural season as regional champions of the North Texas Summer League.

“Over 65% of our swimmers had never competed on a swim team prior to joining the Narwhals,” said Mr. Steve Melbourn, aquatic center director for Northwest ISD. “The dramatic change in confidence, skill level and racing ability that was achieved from tryouts to our regional meet was outstanding. Most of our kids came in being just a bit more than water safe and left fully ready to join a year-round club team.” 

The seven-week practice schedule was rigorous for the first-year program, which also took part in time trials, two local meets and regional championships. Morning and evening practices slots broken down by age groups— were offered every weekday between June 2 and July 16.

“This season was so much fun,” said Lucy Butler, an incoming seventh-grade student at Medlin Middle School. “It was neat being part of something brand new and exciting to be able to swim in such a beautiful place.”

With the recent completion of NISD’s aquatic center in January constructed on NISD’s central campus to provide the most convenient access for the district’s 234 square-mile boundaries students were able to compete from all corners of the district.

“By having our own facility, we were better able to serve the competitive swimming needs of the center and western parts of our school district,” said Melbourn.

Looking forward to next season, detailed plans are being made to promote the Narwhals swim program, which should result in more participation and the hiring of additional coaches. 

“We were very successful in our first season and are so proud of our swimmers, but we have room to grow and look forward to the challenge of sharing the sport of swimming with as many students as we can,” Melbourn said.

Coaches for the inaugural swim season included Megan Davis, Brad Eichenseer, Brennan Lantzy, Steve Melbourn, and Kristi Pottorff.

Additional information regarding the Northwest Narwhals swim team can be found on the aquatic center’s website, and pictures from the season can be found on the district’s Flickr account.