Snow has swum 1,000 miles
Mount Gilead High School swimming coach Brad Snow has become a member of the 1,000 mile swim club.
Snow reached the 1,000 mile mark by swimming most days on his lunch hour.
“When I started working at Ariel Corporation, I began tabulating my laps on a chart at the Mt.Vernon Y,” he said. “They have now added up to 1,000 miles. It took seven years to do this on my lunch hour. Prior to this, I have no idea how many miles I swam while competing and working at Rolls-Royce. We used to swim several miles each day in practice, so that would have added up quickly. Driving across town, changing into my suit, diving in and then getting out in time to dry off and change into my work clothes — that all cuts into the time I actually have to swim each day. Every little bit counts, though!“
A mile is 72 lengths in a 25 yard pool, so 72,000 lengths later, Snow’s chart finally filled up.
Snow’s family is a swimming family. Brad swam for Fairmont State and still competes in U.S. Master’s Swimming on occasion. Snow’s wife Dina swam for Wittenberg and has coached the Summer Swim team in Mount Gilead. Daughters Braelyn and Brianna are also swimmers.
Braelyn, a 2010 MG graduate, was a four-year letter winner and team record holder. Although there is no swim team at college, she still works out and did very well at the recent MGHS vs. Alumni meet. Brianna is currently a swimmer for MG where she is a varsity letter winner and a member of a record-setting relay.
Snow plans to keep swimming the rest of his life. “I took a long time off after swimming in college but once I got back into it I just fell in love with it all over again.”