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  • Pima County swimmers end season at July 21 championship meet

    Jul 18, 2018 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Swim Team will end its season Saturday, July 21, at the Wade McLean Pool at Marana High School with its championship swim meet. 

    Approximately 750 swimmers will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in the Championship Meet, the culmination of a season that started May 29 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.

    Gates open at 6 a.m. at Wade McLean Pool, 12000 W. Emigh Road. Warm-ups begin at 7 a.m. and the first race starts at 8 Swimmersa.m. with competitions expected to last till about 2 p.m. 

    The program comprises nine 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.

    The 2018 swim teams are:
    • Ajo Desert Sharks
    • Catalina Rattlers
    • Flowing Wells Dolphins
    • Kino Tsunami
    • Los Ninos Piranhas
    • Manzanita Torpedoes
    • Marana Marlins
    • Thad Terry Stingrays
    • Wade McLean Tiger Sharks
    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. “It’s about improving and making measurable progress. We consider ourselves a learning progression league that’s meant to focus on the spirit of swim team.”

    To learn more about the Pima County Swim Program, visit the Swim Team website. You can also check out a Facebook page for the program with lots of photos of the 2018 season.