Blue Team swimmers waiting their turn to race in the pentathlon are 8-year-olds Anne Blair Bonin (from left), Jackie Yu and Jessie Dollar and 9-year-old Gina Palmese.
SpecialThe Aiken-Augusta Swim League held its annual Red, White and Blue Pentathlon on Sept. 28 at the University of South Carolina Aiken Natatorium.
Swimmers divided into three teams and competed against each other in 50-yard butterfly, breast, backstroke and freestyle. The meet featured 135 participants, with the Red team earning a victory.
For first-time swimmers, the practice meet was an introduction to competition. Veteran swimmers discovered how much they had improved since last season, and for the entire team, the pentathlon was a chance to have fun.
The swim league, led by coach Ken Heis, has 170 members ranging in age from 5 to 18. Team practice schedules vary according to age group, and take place at three locations - USC Aiken, Augusta State University and the Augusta Aquatic Center.
Swimmers taking a break between races are 11-year-olds Yining Lu (from left) and Robby Palmese and 12-year-olds Eric Chiu and Glenn Thompson.
The squad is scheduled to compete in its first short-course meet Oct. 25-27 at the Carey Hilliard Invitational in Savannah. ASL will play host to its fall invitational Nov. 22-24 at the Augusta Aquatic Center.
For more information on ASL, see www.swimasl.org.
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