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Deltaville Sharks: A season to be proud of

Even though the team had numerous young and first-time swimmers, the 2017 Deltaville Sharks finished third in the regular season of the Middle Peninsula Swim League.

by Coach Shannon Sears

The last lane lines have been pulled and the blocks have been stacked; the 2017 Deltaville Sharks swim team season is officially in the books. What an amazing season it was. Back in May about 90 kids ages 4-16 signed up to be a Deltaville Shark. With many returning swimmers moving up, it was a season of change for the team.   

This year’s team consisted of about 20 kick-boarders. This is an amazing number of new swimmers. These swimmers worked hard and progressed so much. Kick-board coach Kelsey Eanes said, “Our kick-boarders greatly improved and gained confidence in the water. It was exciting to watch them become little swimmers and work so hard. I’m so proud of their growth as young ‘sharks’ and can’t wait to see them continue to swim.”  

In addition to new kick-borders, the Sharks welcomed about 15 additional swimmers who had never been on a team before. This made for such a year filled with so many firsts.  

Through many long practices and major dedication from swimmers and parents alike, the Sharks ended up with their first winning season since 2009. With a 3-2 record, the Sharks ended the season in 3rd place in the Middle Peninsula Swim League. In addition, the Sharks brought home a 4th place finish in the championship swim meet with about a 50-point difference between them and the second-place team.

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posted 08.09.2017

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