Yosemite Swim Club competes against Selma

1,000 expected for time trials Saturday

July 9, 2013 

The Yosemite Swim Club hosted their final home meet July 2 against the Selma Aqua Bears, with the boys team winning 173-149, and the girls team losing 234-149.

A number of Yosemite Swim Club team members achieved personal best times and new individual qualifying times for the leagues' Time Trials this Saturday.

Yosemite Swim Club high point awards were presented to:

Boys: First, Collin LaTour, 13, and Aaron Mulkey 15 — Second, Theo Tuggle, 12, and Josh Johnson, 10 — Third, Ryan Rainwater, 6.

Girls: First, Nicole Tapia 16 — Second. Claire Tuggle, 8 — Third, Lydia LaTour, 17.

Time Trials Saturday

The Yosemite Swim Club will host more than 1,000 swimmers this Saturday for the Central Valley Recreational Swim League Time Trials.

The CVRSL Time Trials are the culmination of the summer season, which began in April. Swimmers attend weekly evening and weekend workouts designed to build stamina and form. Beginning in June, swimmers began competing in swim meets throughout the Central Valley against 23 other league teams.

Swimmers are encouraged to attend and swim in at least three of the seven league meets throughout the summer season and receive qualifying times to be eligible for the Time Trial event.

Out of 120 members on the Yosemite Swim Club team, more than 50 of the athletes have qualified and will swim in the Division 1 Time Trials.

"Swimmers have been working for this all season and are ready to compete — We are excited to be hosting this year's event and look forward to a great day for our swimmers and our community," said Jules Tuggle, Yosemite Swim Club's head coach.

The meet begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, and will continue throughout the evening. Swimmers with top times in the Time Trials will advance to the July 20 Division 2 finals in Kingsburg.

According to Tuggle, the Yosemite Swim Club aquatics program is founded upon the belief that competitive swimming offers an exciting and valuable experience in a person's life. The lessons of goal setting, hard work and healthy living enrich swimmers' lives both in and out of the pool.

"Our mission is no one left behind — We offer a program for all swimmers to reach their greatest potential as both a swimmer and an individual. We will emphasize that a proper commitment to a healthy lifestyle and a good work ethic will not only make them better swimmers, but will help carry them through life. The program is structured to bring out the best in each swimmer."

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