Sign ups for this year’s swim team will continue for all children (ages 4-18) at the Hawthorne Swimming Pool through next week. Forms will be available after 5:15 p.m. every day during the week except Wednesday. There is no charge to join the team thanks to local donations and the Kenny Bostic Memorial Youth Athletic Fund. Participants are required to be able to swim the length of the pool without assistance to compete.

This year Hawthorne will host the final meet of the season on Saturday, June 25. The community has not hosted the medal meet in six years and Stingray Swim Team coach/coordinator, Kathy Trujillo is very excited for the opportunity. “You can feel the competitive spirit in the air at the Medal Meet as 200-250 athletes give it everything they have in the last competition of the year,” Trujillo said. The first meet of the season will be held in Yerington on June 11, followed by a meet in Lovelock on June 18.

Coach Jim Bennett will open the gate for swimmers at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for a 90 minute practice that will last until 6 p.m. No swim practice will be held on Wednesdays and swimmers are encouraged to participate in yoga class at the LDS Church beginning at 5:15 p.m. and conducted by Kathy Trujillo.

As there is no charge to join the swim team participants are asked to furnish swim goggles and help cover the cost of competition suits ($20-40). Volunteers will also be needed during the community Medal Meet on June 25. Please contact Trujillo, 316-0388 if you’d like to help.

The Stingrays enjoyed a very successful swimming season last year, bringing home the gold in many races. “In the end, though, I’m most interested in each swimmer meeting their own personal goals and enjoying being part of a great team,” concluded Trujillo.