Waterbury’s young swimmers have wrapped up an excellent summer season.

The Waterbury Rapids swim team hosted the District Championship Meet on Saturday, July 28. Waterbury won the meet with 2,227 points, followed by the Montpelier Marlins with 826 and Stowe Swimmers with 738.

The Waterbury team had 34 swimmers competing, Montpelier 17 and Stowe 11. Waterbury’s full roster is 54 swimmers between ages 5 and 19. Attendance varies from meet to meet with summer vacations.

All swimmers on the Waterbury roster attended at least one meet this season, according to coach Cara Hancy.

Hancy said swimmers highlight a new stroke every week, building their skills toward mastery.

“Joining a swim team can enrich the lives of kids, families and communities. Physical exercise is important to our well-being; we love seeing parents bring their kids to practice and go for run or jump in for (an) adult swim and workout,” Hancy said.

“Youth on our swim team improve their endurance and efficiency in the water, learning to respect the water, swimming in a lifeguarded facility helps stress the importance of water safety and many continue on to take junior lifeguarding and then lifeguarding and become water safety instructors to teach the next batch of youth in the community.

“Swimming as a sport is a unique avenue for learning goal setting, perseverance, time management, sportsmanship and team spirit,” Hancy said.

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