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Triple pentathlon well planned, well attended
The first home swim meet in five years hosted by the North Whidbey Aquatic Club Aquajets had all the events and heats start on time, was well attended and went off without a hitch.
For three days, May 1 through May 3, more than 200 swimmers representing seven teams from around the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, along with hundreds of parents and fans, packed the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool facility to enjoy the NWAC Triple Pentathlon event.
“Most of the swimmers will be competing in 10 to 15 individual events and up to five relays,” Aquajet coach Neil Romney said.
Teams participating in addition to the Aquajets were the Thunderbirds from Anacortes, the Port Townsend Swim Club, the Marysville Marlins, the Olympic Aquatic Club from Bremerton and a team from Pendicton, B.C.
“We have had tremendous parent help in putting all this together,” Romney said. “The team has an outstanding group of parents who are willing to volunteer their time.”
In addition to parents, Romney thanked members of the Oak Harbor Fire Department for also volunteering their time and services.
“The fire department came down and supplied us with computers, tables, chairs, coolers and more food than all of us can eat combined,” he said. “We also have a great group of assistant coaches giving us a hand and, of course, fantastic swimmers.”
The patio area in back of the pool was a hub of activity catering to anyone wanting to grab a bite to eat between events or to purchase a T-shirt or sweatshirt to commemorate the event.
Running one of the concession stands were Samantha O’Connor, Jayme Graves, Ali Hoffmire, Debby Graves and Katie O’Conner. It was getting close to lunchtime and the five ladies were in the process of getting everything ready for the expected rush.
“You should mention Mike Graves as well,” Katie O’Connor said. “He’s the one doing all the cooking and he did all the dishes last night.”
The meet was fun for competitors and spectators alike, and many swimmers and fans are hoping this will become an annual Aquajet event.