8 SWAMIs Qualify for Far Westerns Meet

8 SWAMIs Qualify for Speedo Far Westerns Meet

ROSE PARK/SLC — The 2017-2018 short course season brought a record-breaking total of eight Race Swami swimmers who qualified for the storied Speedo Series Far Westerns Championships, which are being held at the George Haines Santa Clara International Swim Center, April 5th through the 8th in Santa Clara, CA.

Though only two SWAMIs will actually attend—due to limited funds and the fact that most of the swimmers are unable to afford the trip out to California—the coaching staff acknowledged that they will still celebrate the feat. "In starting basically from scratch when we started this program back in 2011, it's noteable that we had this many kids qualify for this meet and in meeting those qualifying times," said head coach Matt Finnigan. "It's noteworthy to us in that it's another step up the ranks in developing our kids so they can attend these bigger, regionally-based meets—making it to this meet in particular. Soon, we will have kids qualifying in larger numbers for meets like Sectionals and hopefully after that Junior Nationals."

This winter, two SWAMIs actually did qualify for the Speedo Sectionals series—Hunter Mckenzie (age 17) and Emily Dixon (16). Hunter, whose hometown is Midvale, Utah, ended up making it into the Final 24 in two of four events he competed in in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Rose Park resident Emily passed on that meet so she could save enough money and place her focus on attending the Far Westerns meet.

The swimmers who qualified for Far Westerns this spring besides Hunter and Emily were Caroline Cooper (12), Rebecca Davis (12), Magnolia Fox (12), Marina Gerton (16), Angela Roberts (12), and Glen Tanner (10).

Emily and Rebecca will represent the Green and Gold in several events in their respective age groups.