Summer swim team celebrates end of first season

A young swimmer talks with youth swim coach Caden Griffis. (Lane Gresham/Tallulah Falls School)

Bringing to a close Tallulah Falls School’s inaugural summer swim league season, two dozen athletes celebrated with a shark-themed meet on July 16. Natatorium Director Katie Ralston engaged the help of youth coaches and lifeguards to add a festive touch to the new swim facility.

It was a great chance to continue to test the Colorado timers and scoring technology in a meet environment, Ralston said. Head Swim Coach Rachel Nichols was on hand to manage the stats, heat sheets, and scoring.

Keeping with the shark theme, shark tooth necklaces were prizes for winners of the 16 events. Attendees also enjoyed frozen treats from the Kona Ice truck.

“It was a great way to celebrate this exciting first season on an upbeat, positive note,” Ralston said.

At the end of the meet, the coaches challenged swim team members to a relay, Ralston added.

Athletic Director Scott Neal said the summer program clearly met a need in the community.

“From swim lessons, which continue throughout the summer, to the summer swim team to lifeguard and WSI training, the new natatorium has been an incredible asset,” Neal said. “The team of lifeguards and swim instructors has been quite stellar, and Katie Ralston has quickly set a vision in motion for the natatorium to be a fun-filled place where people learn, compete, and have a whole lot of fun. The shark-themed meet was a good example of this!”

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