npressfetimg-1285.png

No pool, no coach, no money: Dakota Riptide says it’s broke and in a bind – Mitchell Republic

MITCHELL — For years, the Dakota Riptide — and the Mitchell Aquatic Club before it — has been a swimming success story for a club team in rural South Dakota, churning out competitive youth and collegiate swimmers.

But according to its leaders, the club is on the verge of shriveling up and dying due to what it’s calling “a perfect storm” of being short on funds, lacking a coach and not being able to use an indoor pool it campaigned hard to get built.

The Riptide’s leaders asked the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board this month for a reduction or suspension of practice fees to use the pool, or to have its $200,000 annual pledge halted. Ryan Raml, the organization’s board co-president, said the organization only has $2,000 in funds at the moment.

“Through the state of affairs, we have no pool, no coach,” Raml said in a Sept. 7 meeting. “We’re at an ultimate crossroads with our club. Looking at the financials, we’re broke. We can’t afford a coach and a lot of that is some of our swim pool rental rates.”

Prior to the pool being built, the MAC vowed to raise $1 million in funds to help pay for the pool. Since the $8 million facility opened in 2018, the swim club has worked to make five annual payments of $200,000 to pay off its share. Raml said the swim club made the first three payments but ran into trouble once COVID-19 hit because some donors pulled back on their commitments. The fourth payment was made last year but because fundraising and family contributions. The fifth payment still needs to be made to finish the club’s obligations.

“We’re not giving up, but right now, the $200,000 is hanging out there and we’re expected to pay it,” Raml said. “I don’t know how we’re going to pay for it, honestly.”

Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

That is only one of the major concerns for the Riptide, which is the merged swim team for Mitchell and Huron since 2019 and replaced the MAC. With

the ongoing closure of the Mitchell Recreation Center’s Indoor Aquatic Center due to the pool’s plaster surface falling apart

, Mitchell swimmers are left without a place to swim. Add in the fact that there’s not a full-time coach with the Riptide, and some of the team’s best swimmers —

including Raml’s talented son, Owen

— have started to swim in Sioux Falls to continue their training.

Add in all of the factors and the club is on the verge of non-existence, Raml said.

“We’ve got kids going to Huron or Sioux Falls to practice and we’re not going to get them back until we hire a coach,” said Walt Moody, also on the Riptide’s board of directors.

The Riptide contingent spoke to the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board on Sept. 7 as a discussion item, meaning the board couldn’t take action in the meeting. Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Nelson said the board would discuss the matter but that was held in executive session for more than an hour. Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Nelson said the discussion was regarding the Riptide’s pool use contract but no decision was made.

Former Riptide coach Clyde Smith left the team in May to move closer to his family and to take care of his grandmother, Raml said. The Riptide got through the summer with part-time coaches, with …….

Source: https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/sports/prep/no-pool-no-coach-no-money-dakota-riptide-says-its-broke-and-in-a-bind

MITCHELL — For years, the Dakota Riptide — and the Mitchell Aquatic Club before it — has been a swimming success story for a club team in rural South Dakota, churning out competitive youth and collegiate swimmers.

But according to its leaders, the club is on the verge of shriveling up and dying due to what it’s calling “a perfect storm” of being short on funds, lacking a coach and not being able to use an indoor pool it campaigned hard to get built.

The Riptide’s leaders asked the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board this month for a reduction or suspension of practice fees to use the pool, or to have its $200,000 annual pledge halted. Ryan Raml, the…….

MITCHELL — For years, the Dakota Riptide — and the Mitchell Aquatic Club before it — has been a swimming success story for a club team in rural South Dakota, churning out competitive youth and collegiate swimmers.

But according to its leaders, the club is on the verge of shriveling up and dying due to what it’s calling “a perfect storm” of being short on funds, lacking a coach and not being able to use an indoor pool it campaigned hard to get built.

The Riptide’s leaders asked the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board this month for a reduction or suspension of practice fees to use the pool, or to have its $200,000 annual pledge halted. Ryan Raml, the…….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.