Swim Meet Raises Funds For Pikes


Megan Evans grasps the ring she retrieved from the bottom of the pool and swims as fast as she can to the other end of the pool in an exhibition of life guard skills during the swim meet conducted at Taylor Pool, Saturday.

Megan Evans grasps the ring she retrieved from the bottom of the pool and swims as fast as she can to the other end of the pool in an exhibition of life guard skills during the swim meet conducted at Taylor Pool, Saturday. |

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Jimmy Behrens is all business as he competes in a race to see who could retrieve a ring from the bottom of the pool and be the first person to the other side, while swimming with a lifeguard tube.

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Caleb Harrison pushes off from the edge of the pool in a race against fellow lifeguards during the swim meet at Taylor Pool Saturday.

While the inaugural Taylor Pool Community Swim Meet was a blast for all who participated, it also met its main goal of earning much-needed funds for the cash-strapped Payson Pikes youth swim team.

“We earned about $900, which we thought was great,” said Pikes coach Wendy Ward.

Some of the money has been designated to purchase a computer program that will allow Pikes coaches to more efficiently and quickly keep track of meet results.

“We are also looking at buying some training equipment,” Ward said. “We’d like to buy team (swimming) suits but that might be too expensive.”

The community meet, which on May 30 tipped off the summer season, drew swimmers of all ages.

The youngest, a Pikes team member, was 8 years old, and the oldest competitor was entered in the 60 to 69 years age division.

Following the competition, Ward expressed her thanks to parent organizer Chris Giarrizzeo for her help in staging the meet.

With the event in the history books, Pikes coaches and team members will turn their attention to the upcoming summer splash season.

It all begins at 8 a.m., June 6 with an intrasquad meet. With 75 youngsters now on the team, Ward anticipates the meet will be very competitive.

Action continues June 20 when the Sedona Swordfish visit Taylor Pool and on June 27 against the Cottonwood Clippers, also at Taylor.

Recently, Ward added a July 25 meet against visiting Camp Verde to the schedule.

“They were not going to have a swim team (due to budget constraints), but called last week asking for a meet,” Ward said.

Pikes team members began early morning, weekday practices yesterday, June 1. They will continue until Taylor closes, probably in late July.

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