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Story last updated at 8:14 PM on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Swimmers make fast and first times at last home meet of season

The Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center was bubbling with young swimmers from around the region last Friday and Saturday, as teams from Kenai, Soldotna, Seward, Anchorage, Chugiak and Cordova competed in the Kachemak Swim Club's March Madness invitational swim meet.


Photographer: Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Angie Cardoza (lane 2, front), Hannah Bouman, Maggie Alston and Piper Quinn prepare for the girls 12 and under 50 backtroke at the Kachemak Swim Club's March Madness meet last Saturday at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center.

For some of the age group swimmers, the meet was a chance to make qualifying times for the Junior Olympic meet; for others, it was the first time competing.

Acting head coach Rebecca Hardy said the meet went well for both the young and older swimmers.

"We had quite a few kids who dropped some good time. The kids just really did their job. It was a really nice meet," she said.

Swimmers on the KSC Dolphins squad, a pre-competitive program, swam timed races for the first time.

Five Homer swimmers, age 11-14, tested the water on age group swimming's longest event, the 1650 yard freestyle.

"They did amazing. All of them sprinted the last 25," Hardy said.

The team travels to Seward for the last meet of the season April 9 and to JOs at the Bartlett Pool in Anchorage April 28-May 1.

ONLINE> Complete meet results @ HomerNews.com