LA CRESCENTA — Back in its 1990s heyday, the Falcon Swim Camp was a hotbed of development for competitive youth swimmers, where many of the athletes who have populated recent Crescenta Valley High aquatics teams got their feet wet.
"We've had lots of kids who became involved in the water polo or swim program who came through our swim camp," said veteran Falcons girls' water polo and swimming Coach Pete Loporchio, who operated the camp during its last run, which ended in 2000. "Bringing the tradition back is what we're trying to do."
When Loporchio was approached by Robert Miller, with whom he co-coached the Falcons girls' swimming team this past season, about bringing back the Falcon Swim Camp this summer, he agreed the time was right to try to reestablish the once-popular summer institution.
While it's starting on a small scale — as a four-day program that began on Monday at the school's facility with a class numbering nine students ages 6-13 — Miller sees the camp as filling an important niche for youth swimmers seeking an introduction to competitive training and for the school's own aquatics programs.