Competitive Swimming Continues to Grow in Citrus

July 16, 2017 by
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Competitive Swimming Continues to Grow in Citrus

CRYSTAL RIVER-  This past Friday, July 7th three competitive swim teams, the Sun Coast Swim Team and the newly formed PYP Lecanto YMCA Swim Team, along with the PYP Spring Hill YMCA Swim team came together to compete in a local developmental meet at the Bicentennial Pool at the Bicentennial Park in Crystal River.  Seventy swimmers ranging in age from 6 years old to 19 years old, and their families spent the evening cheering on new and veteran swimmers.

The starting official for the meet was someone significant to competitive swimming in Citrus County, Capt. Thomas T. Holme, USN () who founded both the Sun Coast Swim Team and the Crystal River High School swim teams.

This meet was the first ever for about a third of the swimmers that competed said Sun Coast Swim Team president and meet director, Thomas Kennedy.  Head coach for the PYP Lecanto YMCA Swim Team, Tas Pepito said, “Our first time parents were extremely impressed with the organization and how the meet was run.”  Pepito went on to say, “a wonderful first time experience for our swimmers”.

These Developmental meets are used by the coaches and swimmers as practice meets to teach the new swimmers what official swim meets are like and it gives veteran swimmers an opportunity to get updated times in a competition environment prior to upcoming meets.  At this meet hosted by the Sun Coast Swim Team the swimmers get the experience underwater touchpads to touch when finishing their races, digital timing clock and lots of cheering friends and family.  Coaches at this meet get detailed computer results with lap split times.

Sun Coast Swim Team head coach William Wells said, “this is the type of meet experiences our swimmers need locally to continue to improve the athletic talent in Citrus County”.  Wells who Coached at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky and for the well-respected Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club, went on to say, “competitive swimming is really growing in Citrus County and it is great to see so many coming out to participate in competitive swimming in Citrus County”.

In the last two decades, well over 30 swimmers from Citrus County have gone on to swim in colleges at NCAA Division I, II, and III levels.

Sun Coast Swim Team will be hosting another meet on August 4th at the Bicentennial Park Pool.


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