"A long time ago, before I was here, we did this meet every summer," said Reese, who has been with the Club since 1996 and been head coach since 2002. "And then a couple years ago the Deerfield Park District asked us if we wanted to starting hosting a meet here again. So we put in the scoreboard and not many outdoor pools have a scoreboard. So we started hosting this five years ago again."
There's no doubt the event has been well received by local swimmers as well as those from out of town. This year, the Summer Classic has 630 swimmers participating in the three-day meet, hosted by . There are also swimmers from Connecticut, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Coho will have 110 swimmers in the water this weekend, their largest total of any meet all year.
In order to make sure things run smoothly, there is a massive volunteer network of parents, led by Meet Director Jack Devedjian.
"It's our biggest meet of the year," Devedjian said. "It's just trying to get the right people to do the right thing at the right time. So it's a lot of running around, but it's all worth it for our kids."
Coho currently mentors close to 300 kids each year, working with anyone from age five through high school. Two Coho members were able to qualify for Junior Nationals in the winter season. They have also helped many swimmers go on to compete at the highest levels in both high school and college.
To hear from a Coho alumni who made a return to Deerfield this weekend for the invite, click on the video link above.