Tue, July 23

Clippers prepare for Invitational
Cottonwood Clippers Swim Team

Courtesy Photo
Swimmers on the Clippers team practiced for the big meet.

Courtesy Photo Swimmers on the Clippers team practiced for the big meet.

The Cottonwood Clippers Swim Team season is coming to a close this weekend with the biggest meet of the year held this Saturday at the Cottonwood community pool.

Six teams in addition to the Clippers will be competing for high point trophies, individual medals, and ribbons. The teams that will competing are: Cottonwood Clippers, Sedona Swordfish, Mountain Valley Splash (Prescott Valley), Prescott Pirates, Payson Pikes, Kingman Dolphins and the Camp Verde Crocodiles.

Between 200 and 300 swimmers, their families, and friends will be in attendance.

The Clippers began this season with a meet against Sedona followed by competition with Payson and Kingman. A practice meet was held in the community pool this Monday night in preparation for this Saturdays' big event.

In addition to the many great swims, accomplishments and personal records set by members of the team this Summer, some new Clipper Swim Team records were set as well.

In the 8-year-olds and under age group, Jacy Finley broke the 25 yard Backstroke (new record 21:85) by 1/100th of a second Monday night. This new record erases one set in 1992. Anthony Wokasch (11 and 12-year-olds) also erased some history by completing his mile swim in 27 minutes and 29 seconds. The previous record had been in existence since 1992 as well.

Sarah Raber (15-18 year olds) edited her own record in the 100 yard Butterfly set last summer by one second. This new record captured at the Grand Canyon Games in June for Summer swimming is now 1:04:30.

Nearly 70 of the 105 Clipper swimmers on the team this Summer participated in the Mile Swim fundraiser last week. This fundraiser will help make it possible for the Clippers to look forward to another season in a newly renovated Cottonwood pool next Summer.