Summerwood Stingrays Swim Team entering first season

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Summerwood Swim team kids.
Summerwood neighborhood swimmers.
Summerwood Kids at the pool facility.
Swim team Free Style competition.

A local community swim team has been formed in the neighborhood of Summerwood in Mint Hill. The team is entering their first season in competitive swim meets, however, these meets are fun and instructional. The the children will swim in a relaxed competitive atmosphere.

There are individual events such as the free style, back stroke and breast stroke for kids six and under, from age 7 and up it gets more competitive, additional events beyond the fundamentals is on the schedule which will include the back stroke, relays and more. The team will obtain points based on their performance. They will begin practice and preparation for the upcoming season on May 6th.

There will be seven meets this season and the team will participate and compete in the Queen City Swim League. The first meet is scheduled on May 30, 2019 in Pine Lake. Also, on Friday May 17th, at 6:00 PM the team will be having a Swim-A-Thon fundraiser event, pledges are $2.00 per lap, with a maximum of 10 laps, or a flat rate of $20.00 to help raise money for a starting system.

The community Homeowner Association in the Summerwood neighborhood has been very supportive and has helped with start-up costs and expenses. The coaches enjoy teaching and guiding these youngsters to develop their skills at different stages of their individual development. Many of the coaches have had experience being on swim teams during childhood and in high school, including a few at the collegiate level. Therefore, some solid knowledge and experience in competitive swimming is available to the swimmers in a mentoring, nurturing and positive coaching environment.

Being a first year team will be a learning experience, however, a team has been formed, the youngsters will get the opportunity to participate and compete in many fun filled events over the seven week season. The older youngsters will be able to learn from the experience and understand it will take dedication, commitment, hard work and passion to continue improvement in their skill development in the various events. Also, making sure all the participants are having fun, growing and enjoy the entire experience.

This is a great opportunity for the children, parents, families and the neighborhood to embrace this endeavor and make the most of the opportunity created. The goal of the swim team is to promote team spirit with an emphasis on personal achievement. Go Stingrays!

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