Summer swim teams open season

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene -- Coosaw Creek’s Antonio Gunther comes off the blocks during last summer’s City Meet.

The Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association opened its 2013 season Tuesday by hosting swim meets at 11 different Lowcountry pools.
This summer 23 teams from the tri-county area surrounding Charleston will participate in CCAA meets. Thousands of swimmers age 4-18 will represent their neighborhoods, clubs and other organizations in friendly, but exciting, competition.
Summerville area teams include the Summerville Family YMCA Tidalwaves, Newington Tiger Sharks, Pine Forest Porpoises, Ashborough Alligators, Legend Oaks Gators and Coosaw Creek Crocodiles. Goose Creek is the home for two CCAA teams – the Crowfield Killer Waves and the Federal Armed Services Team (FAST).
“The great thing about the CCAA is it offers opportunities to a wide range of swimmers,” Tidalwaves coach Erika Livingston-Stubbs said. “Because of the way the meets are set up there are opportunities for both a swimmer who has never competed with a team before and a year-round swimmer. There are heats for your fast swimmers that are very competitive but there are also exhibition heats so your less experienced swimmers can develop at their own pace and still participate in the meets.”
Teams began practicing in late April and early May and will compete against each other in dual meets through mid-July. Then the association closes its season with its three-day Championship Meet commonly known as City Meet. It will take place from July 21-23 at the Jewish Community Center in West Ashley.
Many of the teams have more than 100 swimmers, including some of the top high school swimmers in the area. However, competition is divided into three different leagues and that helps keep things fair.
“As a coach I like that,” Stubbs said. “We only have 35 swimmers on the Y team and many of them have never competed for a team before so we don’t want to go up against a team that is loaded with the some of the better swimmers every week. The way the scoring and everything is set up every team has a chance to be competitive. As coaches that takes some pressure off us and allows us to focus on things such as giving swimmers more individual instruction.”
While the season has already begun, some teams are still registering swimmers. Stubbs says the Y team has a trial day every week.
“If anyone thinks they are interested in joining our team they can come out and see if they like it,” she said.
Teams are divided into leagues based on how they performed at the City Meet the summer before. This season the Red League, the most competitive of the three leagues, is comprised of the Coosaw Creek, Daniel Island, Hobcaw, Northbridge, Parkshore, Shadowmoss and Snee Farm teams.
Snee Farm, which reeled off 22 straight City Meet Championships, used to be the hands-down team to beat in the league. However, Coosaw ended Snee Farm’s championship reign in the summer of 2011 and claimed the Red League Championship last summer.
This year’s White League is comprised of the Brickyard, Country Club of Charleston, Crowfield, Dunes West, Longpoint, Newington and Sha-Mel-Lon teams.
Ashborough, Federal Armed Services Team, Fort Johnson, I’On, James Island, Jewish Community Center, Legend Oaks, Pine Forest and the Summerville Y will compete in the Blue League this summer. Blue League teams only swim against each other while teams from the other two leagues do have interdivisional meets.
A complete meet schedule and additional information about the association as well as all of its participating teams can be found at www.swimccaa.com.
For more information on the Summerville Y Tidalwaves, visit www.summervilleymca.org and go to the Tidalwaves page.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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