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  • County swimmers end meet with Star Wars theme

    Jul 24, 2015 | Read More News
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    SwimmersThe Pima County Swim Team ended its season July 18 with an out-of-this-world championship meet featuring 570 swimmers – some decked out in Star Wars face and body paint --  at the Wade McLean Pool at Marana High School.

    Sharks and marlins battled dolphins and piranhas at the meet, the culmination of a season that started May 26 and places more emphasis on fun than freestyle, said Grant Bourguet, who manages the program for Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department.

    The program comprises eight teams of swimmers age 5 to 18 from around the county. Meets are held every Saturday. Cost for the entire summer, including practices and meets, is $20.
    Other swim programs may be more competitive, Bourguet said, requiring swimmers to compete in prelims (preliminary, qualifying races) in order to advance to finals. That’s not the philosophy of the county’s program.

    “We hold true to the fact that it’s a novice program,” Bourguet said. “You eliminate a lot of participants with prelims. We give them five chances to get their best possible time, and everyone goes to the finals.”

    Bourguet said they don’t discourage swimmers who want to hone their skills and swim competitively. But the program’s goal is putting youngsters in the pool and “getting them excited about swimming.

    “We don’t want them to go buy the competitive swimwear and all that,” Bourguet said. “If you’re wearing your pink suit with the tutu and your dolphin goggles, you’ll fit right in.”

    To learn more about the Pima County Swim Program, visit their website. You can also check out a Facebook page for the program with lots of photos of the July 18 finals.