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Winter weather doesn't stop area swimmers
Dec 13, 2006 12:00 am
Swimming is a popular summer pastime for many children, but some take it to the next step and enter competitions at area venues during the winter season. To support these youngsters, the Jimmy Floyd Family Center hosts meets in conjunction with the Middle Tennessee Swim Club.
Saturday, the swim club hosted a meet for area Elementary schools. It was estimated that around 80 swimmers participated in the competition Cindy Baker, Floyd Center aquatics director said.
"We have 40 races today," Baker said. Each of the races was broken down into separate age ranges and boys and girls were in separate heats.
The Floyd Center hosts several such events throughout the year and each participant in the competition receives a ribbon and certificate for participation.
The swim club has drawn large numbers of athletes to the Floyd Center, and it is becoming more popular.
"We can have anywhere between 60 and 240 kids participate in a meet," Baker said.
Local swimmer Jessica Lannom, 8, competed in three areas. During Saturday's event she swam in the freestyle, breast stroke and backstroke.
"I like to swim a lot," Lannom said. She has been swimming for the past three years.
The MTSC will be back in action at the Floyd Center this Saturday for the Santa Claus meet.
Staff Writer Kimberly Jordan can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 16 or by e-mail at email@example.com.