As USA Swimming celebrated an 11.2-percent increase in membership in 2009, Potomac Valley Swimming officials swallowed hard. The region’s once hot membership growth, as we reported in September, had slowed.
The 3.6-percent uptick in local membership in ’09 represented the smallest increase of any of the top 10 U.S. swimming regions (Local Swimming Committees), and the smallest boost in local membership in the last five years.
Any growth is better than a decrease, but for a region known for its rabid swimming community and powerhouse club programs, the numbers — see the chart we ran with a news story Sept. 10 — provided a jolt.
This is where we hope you will step in. In our second installment of a weekly question, we’d like you — parents, swimmers and coaches who stumble out of bed for 4:30 a.m. workouts, and other interested parties in the region — to tell us what’s going on.
Why didn’t Greater Washington, like other regions around the country, see a larger boost in membership on the heels of the wildly successful 2008 Summer Games? Was this a one-year blip, or the start of a membership plateau?
Please let us know what you think.