Sharks hold swim meet at Lions Pool

 

Female swimmers dive into the pool during the Amherstburg Sharks swim meet July 26.

Female swimmers dive into the pool during the Amherstburg Sharks swim meet July 26.

A group of boys compete in a race during the Amherstburg Sharks swim meet held at the Lions Pool July 26.

A group of boys compete in a race during the Amherstburg Sharks swim meet held at the Lions Pool July 26.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Sharks swim team hasn’t had a meet in town for roughly a decade so this year’s team rectified that.

The Sharks hosted a swim meet Saturday at the Lions Pool and drew eight teams from the event including swim teams from as far as Dutton and Dresden. Other teams, other than the host Amherstburg squad, included Harrow, Tecumseh, Essex, Beach Grove and Tilbury.

“We have a total of around 200 swimmers,” said Kaitlyn Meloche, who was the swim meet co-ordinator and also the co-ordinator at the Lions Pool.

Meloche estimated it was ten years since the last swim meet, noting she was a member of the Sharks swim team at the time, and she and the other staff at the Lion’s Pool decided last year they were going to bring a swim meet back to Amherstburg in 2014.

“This is my big contribution in the two years I’ve worked for the town,” she said.

The Sharks attend four to five swim meets per year. She believed the Amherstburg meet drew teams from roughly two hours away because there aren’t many meets for some teams to go to.

“There are few teams willing to put on a meet,” said Meloche. “When you announce you are putting on a meet, they come because it might be their only meet of the summer.”

Swimmers ranged in age from 5-16 and competed in six events – the back crawl, freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke as well as the IM (the four previous strokes combined) and a freestyle relay.

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