Tuesday, I covered a swim meet between Farmington and Brynwood that took me back to my childhood somewhat.
Not because I was ever a competitive swimmer, but I spent a good portion of my summers hanging out at our local pool when I was growing up. I can’t imagine how many layers of skin I went through with as many hours as we spent there. And Belair Swim and Raquet was – and is – huge. We didn’t just have the pool, there were basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, tennis courts and a pingpong table. I don’t know that I or any of my friends were exceptional at any of those, but we sure did have fun. And. of course, the snack bar was always a favorite.
I think it was the atmosphere of Tuesday night’s meet that was the best. Sure, both teams wanted to win, but it was more about letting all the swimmers take a turn in the pool. And when swimmers weren’t swimming, it was actually OK for them to be hanging out with their friends, encouraging other swimmers and just enjoying themselves. I mean, there’s no other competition around where it’s acceptable for an ice cream truck to make the rounds.
Shouldn’t that be what summer is about?
I understand that as children get older stakes are raised and everyone is looking for that competitive edge. It could be to earn a roster spot on the high school team or to get noticed and get that college scholarship offer, especially with what a college education costs these days.
Hopefully, those who are playing summer sports are enjoying themselves as they strive to reach their goals.
Grovetown’s Darius Watkins continues to show that he’s going to be one of the most feared sprinters in the state next year.
Already the 2013 Georgia High School Class AAAAA 200-meter state champion, Watkins brought back a new title after running in the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational June 7 and 8 in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Competing as part of the United States team (National Scholastic Sports Foundation) against teams from the Caribbean, Watkins, along with Kendall Williams, Tony Brown and Jaleen Jones, was part of the winning 4x100-meter relay team. Their 40.63 time was more than a second better than the second-place finisher.
In the 100, Watkins finished fourth, with teammates Williams and Jones placing second and third, respectively.