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Thibodaux Regional Health System announced today that it’s hired an experienced, top-flight swimming coach to run its competitive swimming program.

Aquatic Swim Coach Robert Fletcher will run the program, which will begin later this month at the Thibodaux Regional Wellness Center.

Fletcher is a former collegiate swimmer and one of the top minds in the sport. He brings 30+ years of coaching experience to Thibodaux and has produced nearly 100 All-Americans in his career. Throughout his career, more than 50 percent of Fletcher’s swimmers have gone on to compete at the collegiate level.

Crawfish Aquatics discontinued its operations in March in our area, and Thibodaux Regional is going to allow swimmers in our area a chance to continue to compete with the birth of the new program.

“When the parents of the swim team approached us requesting our assistance in continuing the program, we were happy to help,” Thibodaux Regional CEO Greg Stock said. “Through our Wellness Center, we continue to work on perfecting and expanding sports performance. We feel that the opportunity to work with these talented, young athletes through integrated sports and wellness services, such as strength and conditioning, sports nutrition and injury prevention, will enable high performance and help them to grow and excel in their sport.”

The Thibodaux Regional Aquatics Center is a state-of-the-art pool that is one of a kind for our area. It was designed and built for competitive swimming and is equipped with advanced timing sensor technology — the ideal environment for local swimmers to be able to both practice and compete.

An informational parent meeting will be held on August 8 at 6 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Wellness Center and tryouts will be held in the afternoons on the following Tuesday-Thursday.

FMI, email cmyhand@fitnesscenterofthibodauxregional.com or call 985.493.4725.

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