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Waves crash on Otter Creek shore

The Lakewood Waves had their third meet of the season last Saturday at Otter Creek. The Otters hosted the event. The Lonoke Sharkrockets were also present. It was a delightful morning that quickly turned into a sweltering summer day. For the swimmers, the pool offered welcome relief from the blistering heat, but for the parents it was reminiscent of a Hieronymus Bosch painting; cool water everywhere but no relief in sight.

The Otters put on a wonderful meet. It was well organized and the shaded area behind the 25-meter pool provided a reprieve from the heat while families waited for the events of their children. In addition to the nice pool, the Otter Creek Otters also had a playground near the pool that provided some welcome distraction while waiting for the upcoming events.

The Waves came in second in total points between the Otters and the Sharkrockets. More important than the final scores, which can often be skewed by dramatically different numbers of swimmers per team, there were many Waves who improved their times by several seconds. This should always be the goal for young swimmers who are in the sport for the long haul. As their growing bodies mature, times will improve by leaps and bounds if the technique is there and the swimmer doesn’t lose their desire due to burnout or lack of improvement.

The coaches are training the kids with many creative workout plans this summer, including dry land workouts and this week, a clothed workout. That means that the older swimmers will wear blue jeans and long sleeved shirts while swimming. Once the swimming suits are put back on, it will be unbelievable how light the swimmers will feel. If you have a child between the ages of 4 and 17, consider signing them up next summer for the Lakewood Waves swim team. It is a great way to get involved in a fun team sport, work on some muscle tone, or just become a more confident swimmer.

The Waves will have their final home meet of the season this coming Saturday. Bryant and Conway will be visiting. If you haven’t been to a meet, you should consider attending. Admission is free. There is a festival-like atmosphere except instead of dreadlocks and patchouli; there are swim caps and sunscreen. It starts at 8 am at the Lakewood Property Owner’s Association Pool. Come cheer on the Waves and see how many North Little Rock kids spend their summers.

Results

Austin, Justice…Silver…G 11-12 Free…1

Austin, Justice…Silver…G 11-12 Back…1

Austin, Justice…Silver…G 11-12 Butterfly…2

Austin, Justice…Bronze…G 11-12 IM…1

Bethell, Brooke…Bronze…G 9-10 Back…3

Bethell, Brooke…Bronze…G 9-10 Breast…3

Bethell, Brooke…Bronze…G 9-10 Butterfly…2

Bethell, Cameron…Silver…G 11-12 Back…2

Bethell, Cameron…Gold…G 11-12 Butterfly…2

Bethell, Cameron…Silver…G 11-12 IM…2

Cameron, Corbin…Bronze…B 9-10 Free…3

Cameron, Corbin…Bronze…B 9-10 Breast…3

Cochran, Annie Grace…Bronze…G 9-10 Back…2

Cochran, Josie…Bronze…G 11-12 Breast…1

Courtright, Daya…Bronze…G 6 & under Free…1

Festervand, Chloe…Bronze…G 7-8 Free…3

Festervand, Chloe…Bronze…G 7-8 Back…1

Festervand, Eva…Bronze…G 6 & under…1

Gerson, Lawrence…Silver…B 13-14 Breast…1

Gerson, Thomas…Silver…B 11-12 Free…2

Gerson, Thomas…Silver…B 11-12 Breast…2

Gerson, Thomas…Silver…B 11-12 IM…1

Gieck, Bobby…Bronze…B 7-8 Breast…3

Gieck, John David…Bronze…B 7-8 Free…3

Harrison, Ella…Bronze …6 & under Free …3

Heard, Grace…Gold…G 9-10 Free…1

Heard, Grace…Gold…G 9-10 Back…1

Heard, Leigha…Bronze…G 7-8 Free…1

Heard, Leigha…Silver…G 7-8 Back…1

Hoskins, Caleb…Gold…B 9-10 Free…1

Hoskins, Caleb…Silver…B 9-10 Breast…1

Hoskins, Caleb…Bronze…B 9-10 IM…1

Jones, Caroline…Silver…G 7-8 Free…3

Jones, Caroline…Silver…G 7-8 Back…2

Jones, Caroline…Silver…G 7-8 Breast…1

Jones, Katie…Bronze…G 13-14 Breast…1

Jones, Kolton…Bronze…B 11-12 Free…1

Keaton, Isabella…Bronze…G 7-8 Back…1

Keaton, Isabella…Bronze…G 7-8 Breast…3

King, Aurora…Bronze…G 11-12 Free…2

King, Aurora…Bronze…G 11-12 Back…1

King, Aurora…Silver…G 11-12 Breast…1

King, Aurora…Bronze…G 11-12 IM…2

LaBeau, Elliot…Silver…B 9-10 Free…1

LaBeau, Elliot…Bronze…B 9-10 Back…3

LaBeau, Elliot…Gold…B 9-10 Breast…1

Lutjen, Ethan…Silver…B 15-18 Back…1

Milligan, Mikey…Silver…B 9-10 Free…2

Milligan, Mickey…Bronze…B 9-10 Back…2

Morris, Presley…Bronze…G 7-8 Free…3

Morris, Presley…Bronze…G 7-8 Breast…1

Noel, Emilyn…Bronze…G 7-8 Back…2

Plaquet, Sydney…Silver…G 7-8 Free…2

Plaquet, Sydney…Gold…G 7-8 Back…1

Price, Peyton…Bronze…B 9-10 Free…1

Price, Peyton…Bronze…B 9-10 Back…1

Price, Peyton…Bronze…B 9-10 Breast…2

Price, Peyton…Bronze…B 9-10…1

Smith, Grant…Platinum…B 11-12 Free…1

Smith, Grant…Gold…B 11-12 Back…1

Smith, Grant…Gold…B 11-12 Butterfly…1

Smith, Grant…Gold…B 11-12 IM…1

Taylor, Tristan…Silver…B 7-8 Free…1

Taylor, Tristan…Silver…B 7-8 Back…2

Taylor, Tristan…Gold…B 7-8 Breast…1

Taylor, Tristan…Bronze…B 7-8 Butterfly…1

Walters, Lizzie…Gold…G 7-8 Back…2

Walters, Lizzie…Bronze…G 7-8 Butterfly…1

Walters, Maddie…Bronze…G 11-12 Butterfly…2

Wankum, Taylor…Bronze…G 13-14 Back…2

Wilde, Michael…Platinum…B 15-18 Free…1

Wilde, Michael…Gold…B 15-18 Breast…3

Wilde, Michael…Gold…B 15-18 IM…1

Wood, Kate…Bronze…G 6 & Under…3

Woodworth, Jordan…Bronze…B 13-14 Free…2

Woodworth, Jordan…Bronze…B 13-14 Back…2

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