The best swimmers from all over the state came to compete in the 2013 State Championship swim meet in Canon City, Colorado on August 2rd, 3rd, and 4th. There were 22 teams. The largest team was the Valley Dolphins holding 55 swimmers. The 3 smallest teams had one swimmer.
Only the swimmers who qualified in their strokes and distances got to go to the meet. Everyone did their best. The competition was fierce. Parents and teammates went wild cheering for the competitors. People could hear the cheering crowds from 2 blocks away.
Swimmers competed with different distances and strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly. Some of the best results were: girls 13-14 1500 meter Freestyle 21:00:81 , swam by Elina B. Smith from the Salida Cyclones, boys 15-18 100 meter Butterfly 1:09:62, swam by Andrew P. Morton from Rangely Harricanes.
Every year the state championship has a different theme. This year the theme was “A Moment Ago”. The Piranhas Swim Team, the host of this year’s state championships, chose it because they wanted to honor all the children's past swim years and how they got to the state championships. All the swimmers had a chance to create a poster with pictures, photos, and their favorite memories of swimming over the past years.
Swimming in a meet isn’t just hard work, it’s fun as well. On Saturday evening, after a lot of hard work, the swimmers had a fun Dance-Off party. The teams made different dances from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. They got to perform them with their chosen song and funky 80's clothes, wigs, and hats. Afterwards, the participants did the hocky-pocky and then danced to groovy songs. It was a lot of fun!
Even if not all swimmers received a medal, everyone still earned great memories.