FRISCO — You've heard of "fill the boot." Frisco Aquatics needs help to "fill the pool."
The fastest-growing swim team in the country is trying to raise $4 million. It's planning a new facility south of Main Street and west of the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco.
For the 430 swimmers of the club, space and pool time is at a premium.
"The only reason why we don't have swimmers in this last lane is because in 15 minutes, we've got another group coming in," said Katy Motsinger, a Frisco Aquatics coach.
Club swimmers share the Frisco ISD Natatorium with high school swim teams. As a result, the club often gets pool times that may not be convenient to the swimmers.
"We ought to be home doing homework or eating dinner with our family," said Sheila Flaherty, a mom whose two boys are club swimmers. "But we're here because this is the time we can get the pool."
Other parents say it’s a matter of space.
"Swimming is a sport where you have to spend a lot of time training," Judy Ramey said. "And we just don't have the pool space to do it."
That's why the club kicked off their "fill the pool" campaign, an effort to raise $4 million to build a new swimming center. It would include competition and lesson pools, a pro shop, office space, concession area and two locker rooms.
Swimmers like 13-year-old Rachel Ramey say it will help them realize their dreams. Rachel has gone to the state championships the last three years.
"My dream is going to the Olympics," she said. "I think that's every swimmer's dream."
Club leaders say that even in a tough economy, they believe they will reach their goal. They told us they already have secured 20 percent of the money they need to fill the pool.