New swim coach raises expectations



BOA swim team coach Rick Moulton gives some pointers to Izzy Cox and Elizabeth Davis during the Ralph Crocker Classic at Auburn University earlier this month.

BOA swim team coach Rick Moulton gives some pointers to Izzy Cox and Elizabeth Davis during the Ralph Crocker Classic at Auburn University earlier this month.

With 42 years of experience, new Blount Oneonta Aquatics (BOA) swim team coach Rick Moulton enters the program with plenty of swimming knowledge and certain standards.

“My expectations will be higher than the previous coaches who have been here,” Moulton said.“We are going to have to change our mindset.”

In just his third week, the Ohio native says he has already identified the first obstacle to overcome – building the number of swimmers on the team.

New swimmers can learn a lot from Moulton, who first began coaching at a summer club in his home state. He coached there for 10 years while also branching out to coach more clubs in that area.

He went on to coach another decade at the South Toledo YMCA before moving to Birmingham in 1995 where he coached at the Shades Valley YMCA for another four years.

Throughout the next 15 years he coached the Hoover Blue Thunder but when the program folded last year, he was left looking for other opportunities.

The timing was perfect for Moulton’s chance to join the BOA when the previous coach moved to Kentucky.

“I was already familiar with some of the swimmers because, before they were officially BOA, they would swim with Hoover during meets,” Moulton said.“Some BOA swimmers have been swimming for as long as the program has been around (four years) so that experience is good to have but we are continuing to look for new talent.”

For more information, or to join BOA, contact Moulton by e-mail at rickm99@bellsouth.net.

BOA meets at The Gym in Oneonta where the owner, Lynn Pass, allows them to use the facilities.

The team has already made some noise during the Ralph Crocker Classic at Auburn University earlier this month.

Izzy Cox had six personal best times including a 10.03-second drop in the 100 Fly. Danielle Davis had five personal best times including a Southeastern Championship Qualifying time in her 50 Free. Elizabeth Davis added two personal best times including a 4.36-second drop in her 200 IM. Samantha Davis had seven personal bests including making four event finals and adding another Southeastern Championship Qualifying time. Kendal Hale had three personal bests including an 8.85- second drop in the 100 Back. Blake O’Keefe had four personal best times including a 21.39-second drop in the 200 Free. Alyssa Turquitt had five personal bests including a 20.43-second drop in the 100 Breast, and Carolyn Watson, who only swam on Saturday, dropped 8.91 seconds in her 50 Free for her personal best in the event.

The next swim meet is scheduled for this coming weekend at the Crossplex in Birmingham.