Swim club completes season

-- Yosemite Swim TeamFebruary 27, 2013 

The Yosemite Swim Team completed the recent short course season by competing in two meets.

The first championship meet, the B/C Meet, held on Feb. 9 and 10 in Visalia, was open to swimmers with B or C times from previous meets. The Yosemite team was represented by seven swimmers at the meet: Aaron Mulkey 15, Summer Bulmer 15, Ellery Meade 13, Samantha Rockey 12, Megan Rapp 11, Theo Tuggle 11, and Shelby Radliff, 9.

"All our swimmers swam their personal best times for the season at the meet and brought home ribbons in their age group," coach Jules Tuggle said.

Four swimmers from the team met the time standards to participate in the Central California Junior Olympics. Those swimmers were Mulkey, Theo Tuggle, Lola Beams 8, and Claire Tuggle, 8. These four competed against the fastest swimmers from all over the state and achieved many of their own personal best records.

The 8-year-old girls had an outstanding meet and team member Tuggle took first place in all five of the events she was entered in (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly and 100 individual medley) and was named all-around high scorer for her age division.

Lola Beams won a 3rd place, two 6th places and an 8th place.

The season began in September and culminated in the B/C Championships and Junior Olympics meet in February. Team members participated in two meets once or twice a month throughout the Central Valley from Merced to Bakersfield.

"Our small Mountain Area team was able to bring 10 to 20 swimmers to the meets and were competitive against the larger Valley teams," said coach Tuggle. "USA swimming structures its meets around individual time standards to provide every swimmer an opportunity for personal growth and success," coach Tuggle said. "Swimming in general allows all different abilities and interests to find a place on the team. We are so lucky to have a year round USA team here in the mountains."

Details: Jules Tuggle, (559) 964-7130, yosemiteswimclub.org.

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