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Saturday, July 6, 2013
The Hammond Hill Suburban Club hosted a swim event for the swim team that was interrupted by the rain, but parents and swimmers held strong through the weather to be able to compete.
Laura Lusk, Suburban Club president, was happy that the meet was able to happen despite the rain, especially since she had children that would be competing. Jordan, Ashlyn Reagan and Lauren are all part of the swim team, and this is the fourth year that the Lusk family has been involved with swimming with the children.
Many of the Hammerheads took top times throughout the event. Harrison Rucker came in first place in the 25 Yard Freestyle with a final time of 16.65. He was not the only one to come out on top in the Freestyle. Kelsey Williams won the 50 Yard Freestyle event in her age group.
Rachel Dawkins, the president of the swim team, has a daughter that participates in the swim team, Ashlyn, who was first in 50-yard Breaststroke with a time of 42.84 and 50-yard Freestyle with a time of 31.25. Sophia Grier, and Trey Stallings represented the Hammerheads well by placing top times in 25-yard Breaststroke events.
Dawkins was previously secretary before she held her current position, and she remains involved for the children.
“This is something that my kids love,” Dawkins said. “There is a lot of hard work that goes into this team, and there are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes.”
There are a wide range of age groups that compete for the team, and they all performed well throughout the day. Marly Parker won the 25-yard Backstroke event for girls eight and under, and Emily Sam won for girls 13 to 14 in the 50-yard Breaststroke event.
The parents all enjoy coming out to support their children because they love the sport, but the pool itself is also important to the community. It has been around for years, and with the recent renovations, it should be around for future generations as well.
Mandy Pond is a current swim mom who previously swam herself and coached a team. She has been involved with the pool since 1989, and she now comes out to support her children Drew and Garrett.
“It builds a sense of community, and my kids love swimming,” Pond said. “The social aspect and exercise are important as well.”
In the end, the Woodside Plantation swim team took top team score with 212, and the Hammerheads held a score of 187.
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. She is a North Augusta resident and majored in communications at USC Aiken.