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Palestine YMCA to host swim meet on Saturday

PALESTINE, June 15, 2012-- The Palestine YMCA will host a Youth Swim Meet on Saturday, June 16, at the Palestine Aquatic Center, adjacent to the Y, starting at 8:45 a.m. Concessions will be available. Swimmers are encouraged to stay hydrated and eat small amounts of protein to maintain energy.

The Piranha Meet is the first of its kind in five years. As a part of the East Texas Summer Swim League, the Piranhas will be competing against teams from Tyler, Longview, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Paris, and Marshall. Meets will take place every Saturday during the season which runs from June – July.

Head Coach Katherine Newton says Saturday’s meet will be one of the smaller regular meets, but encourages residents to come out and support the athletes. “In an Olympic year, swimming becomes highly popular, so you have an opportunity to see local kids doing what you’re going to see in Omaha later this month for the Olympic trials,” says Newton. “You can see the beginnings of the Olympians starting here.”

In order to be involved in the East Texas Summer Swim League, children must have some swimming experience, and parents are encouraged to enroll their children in swim lessons. Once a child is able to swim the length of the pool free-style, and swim another twenty-five yards back-stroke, they are then eligible to attend Piranha try-outs which are held the end of April, beginning of May.

Assistant Coach Eddy Bentley says that it is too late to sign up for participation this year, but encourages parents to begin preparation for next year. “We’ve been practicing now for two weeks, so it’s kind of getting late in the season. We are really getting into our strokes and everything and the kids are really looking great.”

For more information, or to become involved in the program, contact the Palestine YMCA, 903-729-3139. 

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