Those interested in taking to the water and learning better swimming techniques are invited to an interest and informational meeting being held by the Commerce Tigersharks swim team later this month.

The swim team has been around for decades, and has allowed children and adults to improve their skills in the water as well as compete in amateur events. The team experienced funding issues in 2017 when they no longer received funds from the city’s hotel/motel tax, but since then, the city has overseen management of the team and it is a part of the Commerce Parks and Recreation Department.

The swim team faced a dilemma when the former city pool was closed in January of 2013 and subsequently torn down. Since then, the team has been utilizing the pool at the Morris Recreation Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce for practices.

This year, the Tigersharks feature a new coach. According to a statement from the city, new coach Greyson Allen hails from Richardson, Texas and is a student at A&M-Commerce. Allen has been swimming competitively for 12 years.

The Tigersharks are open to people age five and up. Team members must be able to swim 25 meters unassisted and without stopping to join. Practices are held Monday through Thursdays from 7 to 9 a.m. In addition to learning better swimming techniques, team members are also invited to attend competitions under the sanctioning of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. Team members are not required to attend competitions.

The informational meeting is scheduled for May 15 at Commerce City Hall, located at 1119 Alamo Street, at 6 p.m.

In a statement, the Commerce Parks and Recreation Department stated that it is “very excited about the swim season. With Coach Allen on the deck coaching, we are looking for a very successful swim season.”