Competitive swimmers from Yerington, Lovelock, Round Mountain (and maybe Tonopah) will be in Hawthorne this Saturday for the annual Medal Meet. The races will be held at the Lions Park pool beginning at 8 a.m.
The Stingray’s are hoping for the home team advantage this year. Lovelock’s pool was closed all last week, Round Mountain’s pool has not opened yet and Hawthorne has held longer and more frequent practices than most teams. Coach Jim Bennett has worked with the returning swimmers in getting them conditioned and competition ready. Coach Kathy Trujillo, with the help of Gay Ann Williams, Oya Bryant and others, have concentrated on getting the new and younger swimmers accustomed to the rigors of swim meets: diving, finishing and mental conditioning.
Volunteers are needed to help time events, no previous experience is necessary. Timers get the best seat in the house and are a valuable part of the overall competition. The card pick up table will be covered by Oya and Mark Bryant and Jim and Janis Scott. Debbie Bennett and Kevin Wadlow will manage the ready bench (one of the most difficult jobs of the meet), while Jennifer Crittenden is the technology expert. Gay Ann Williams and Carla Trujillo will help with ribbon writing (two more volunteers could help speed this process up) and Jim Bennett will be Master of Ceremonies. Local lifeguards round out the small army of personnel needed to get nearly 200 swimmers in 66 events efficiently.
Everyone is invited to come and watch the swim meet and individuals interested in volunteering can contact Kathy Trujillo at 316-0388 or Jim Bennett 316-1761.