May 24, 2012
This weekend Tiger Aquatics will be hosting it’s annual Memorial Day Swim Meet, a tradition that goes back to the early 1970s. The two and a half day meet brings over 500 competitive swimmers from across Northern California to compete in events ranging from sprints like the 50m Freestyle, to distance events such as the 400m Individual Medley. With it being an Olympic year, you can expect to see some fast times turned in by the veteran swimmers as they try to qualify for the Olympic Trials. The meet runs Friday from 4-7 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM-3 PM and is free to the public.
This year, the meet marks the end of an era for five Tiger swimmers who will compete in their last Memorial Day Swim Meet as a Tiger. Julia de Groot, Riley Smith, Amanda Sokolowski, Chris Turcotte, and Marco Villanueva will all be heading off to college in the fall. Julia and Riley are both headed off to Concordia, in Southern California, where they will continue their excellence in the classroom and in the water. Amanda is headed out of state to BYU Boise. Marco and Chris will continue their education at Delta College bringing a lot of talent to the water polo and swim teams there.
But no matter what the stroke and distance, or the level of the swimmer, you can be sure that all will be competing for a chance to win a coveted Tiger Tail awarded to all heat winners at Tiger Aquatics swim meets. The younger swimmers get extremely competitive and psyched up for their races at the prospect of possibly touching the wall first and earning that Tiger Tail. These tails become a badge of honor as swimmers adorn their swim bags with Tiger Tails and travel throughout California showing of their swimming excellence and spreading some Stockton cheer.