As of January 2022, the Illinois School for the Deaf established their first swim team! The Illinois school for the Deaf (ISD) joined forces with the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) to form one unified swim team. In many states the school for the deaf and the school for the blind are on the same campus so more deaf students can participate in sports together.
The schools participated in the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind (NCASB) conference. Competitors of this conference must be the ages of 14-22. In addition to participating in the NCASB, we are looking forward to more great experiences as we have also joined membership in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) conference as well. Our inaugural season started with 4 boys and 3 girls participating in the swim season.
Practices were held at either ISD, ISVI, or the pool at Illinois College. Due to COVID, all meets were competed virtually with 5 other state schools for the blind. The swimmers focused on mastering the Freestyle and Backstroke, with plans to learn the Breastroke and Butterfly stroke for the next season.
Even though this was our first year competing, ISD had many first place finishes and individual personal records in several events. We are very proud of our swimmers!