The Novi Athletic Boosters funded more than $15,000 in winter team requests during the club’s monthly meeting on Oct. 10. Athletic Director Brian Gordon presented the list of requests, which included a $4,500 gift for critical improvements to the computer equipment associated with the Novi High School swimming pool.
“We host the KLAA Conference and Division meets on a regular basis, and in order for us to continue hosting events of this magnitude, the overhaul of our timing system was necessary,” Gordon said. “We appreciate Booster group’s hard work and the continuous support of all of our programs as we continue to be one the premier athletic programs in Oakland County.”
The pool improvements include a refurbishment of the Riegel Timing System and upgrades to add USB capabilities. Last updated in 2004 during the high school renovation, the pool’s computer equipment includes the scoreboard, starting equipment and electronic timing pads, all of which must communicate for the system to work correctly. Current improvements follow several system failures, including a starting-system breakdown during the tight Novi-vs-Northville Girls Swim & Dive meet on Sept. 20. All improvements are expected to be in place by Oct. 27, when Novi is scheduled to host the Girls KLAA Central Division meet
According to Annette VanderMey, head coach of the Girls Varsity Swim & Dive and Middle School Swim & Dive teams, so many people beyond her teams and the Boys Swim & Dive and Spartan Aquatic Club teams will benefit from the improvements.
“It will benefit every swimmer, home team and opposing, and it will benefit all of the fans in the stands as well because it will guarantee the accuracy of the start and finish of every race,” VanderMey said.
Because the Spartan club, which falls under the umbrella of Novi Community Education, also makes use of the equipment, Community Education has been asked to contribute to the cost of improving the system.
In addition to the pool improvements, the Boosters club approved$10,600 in winter athletic team requests, which included $2,000 to the Boys Hockey team for the purchase of team equipment and shells, $2,000 to the Wrestling team for equipment and warm-ups and $2,000 to the Ski Team for jackets.
Other Winter Team gifts are as follows: Boys Basketball, $400 for the purchase of training equipment; Bowling, supply kit restock, $500; Boys Swim & Dive, training aids, $750; Competitive Cheer, IPAD, $650; Girls Basketball, Warm-up tops, $1,500; and Pom Pon, performance poms, $800.