By Kyle Wente, Staff Writer—
UTC’s Mosaic program is hosting Swim X, a semester-long swim program in the ARC with the goals of bringing the students, staff, and faculty together through exercise.
Mosaic is an on-campus mentorship program dedicated to students within the autism spectrum, but with Swim X, Mosaic hopes to spread a more communal and open energy to campus.
Mosaic’s Academic Coordinator and Swim X’s head coach Tyler Johnson had this to say about the origins of the program:
“Our pool (the ARC) was underutilized… there were a good amount of people swimming, but no program for swimmers other than our club swimming, which you would do if you wanted to compete. We have a lot of people who just want to do it for fitness,” he said.
Co-founders of Swim X, Craig Gosnell and Jessica Green, enlisted Johnson’s help along with his two assistant coaches, who Johnson insists are vital to the program running swimmingly. Like the team, Swim X is focused on togetherness and a little sweat.
“I think the goal of Swim X is twofold,” Johnson said. “Primary focus would be providing a free, communal place for people on campus to engage in a new and exciting fitness opportunity that they can be a part of. Secondly, it’s that focus on health.”
Meetings are held in the ARC on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6-7 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30-7:30 a.m., with a Friday meeting at midday in the works to be more accessible to students during the day.
Participation is free of charge and attendance is at the discretion of the participant. The Swim X program is conscious of the busy schedules of the campus body and hopes to accommodate to their needs.
“We have three lanes,” Johnson said. “one lane is for the beginner lane, and it has its specific workout. The next lane is for the intermediate swimmers, and it has its own specific workout. The next lane is for the advanced swimmers, and it has its own specific workout. So, that in itself is pretty unique… We kinda tailor it to each person.”