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The Covid-19 pandemic forced USA Swimming to scatter the Toyota US Open Championships among nine (9) sites across the country, November 12th -14th . SPA swimmers competed at two of those sites, Des Moines, Iowa and Sarasota, Florida. Peyton Palsha, a senior at the University f Arkansas, competed at Des Moines in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m Freestyles and the 400 Individual Medley. She came away with three Olympic Trial cuts – the 400m Freestyle (4:15.91), the 800m Freestyle (8:47.63) and the 1500m Freestyle (16:42.79). Competing at Sarasota were Victor...

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SPA at the Trials After doing additional research, the numbers presented in the first article need to be revised slightly. As it turns out, going back to 1988, Saint Petersburg Aquatics has been represented at every version of the Olympic Trials. There have been nine Olympic Trials in that timeframe including the upcoming event in 2021. The athletes being discussed are those who swam for SPA at the actual trials or who were in college and maintained their SPA affiliation. SPA by the REVISED numbers: Nineteen – individuals who have...

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St. Petersburg Aquatics Swim School has been given permission to resume lessons on September 1st. The program is temporarily relocating to the McLin Pool, 602 - 14th Street South with Coach Autumn conducting lessons as she has in the past. We have openings in our Beginner and Intermediate classes and are looking for additional participants aged 2-5 years old. As SPA members, if you know of anyone that may be interested, please refer them to our website www.stpetersburgaquatics.com under the Swim Lesson tab.

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In less than 300 days, the best swimmers in the country will meet in Omaha, Nebraska for the biggest event for many US swimmers – the United States Olympic Team Trials - Swimming. It will be the fourth Trials in a row held in Omaha. Originally held for the sole purpose of selecting the Olympic team, Trials has grown into the most elaborate swimming event on U.S. soil other than the Olympic Games themselves. Prior to 2008, Trials had been held in venues with at most seats for 4500 spectators....

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Bobby Finke, University of Florida Gator and St. Petersburg Aquatics swimmer is currently home and training with SPA. Check out the Fox13 News story from this past week: https://www.fox13news.com/sports/gator-all-american-swimmer-bobby-finke-makes-waves-in-tampa-bay

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Saint Petersburg Aquatics commends and thanks Mayor Rick Kriesman on his leadership during the Corona Virus Crisis. Monday May 4th at 5:00am North Shore Pool will reopen. Saint Petersburg Aquatics will be training in the 25 meter pool. We will temporarily limit practice time and pool space. Senior One swimmers will be training for 90 minutes per day. Senior Two and the High School training group swimmers will be training for 60 minutes. Junior Team will be training for 45 minutes per day. We will be swimming One swimmer or...

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Can’t Swim? Can’t Gym? Coronavirus-crunched on all sides? Ask not what you can’t do but what you CAN do. Here are 25 things You CAN Do While Training and Racing Are on Hold – from Wayne Goldsmith, exclusively for Swimming World. You’ve been told that your next Swim Meet has been cancelled. The one you’ve been planning for and training for over the past few months. You’re disappointed. You’re frustrated. You’re annoyed. There’s a wonderful philosophy that helps give power and perspective to everyone facing difficult situations and seemingly overwhelming...

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Dear SPA Families: Understandably, due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) significantly impacting so many events in Florida, a few families have reached out regarding swim practice for our team. At this time, we are conducting swim practice and swim lessons as normal at both North Shore Pool and Walter Fuller Pool. The following link is from the CDC website regarding the virus and swimming pools: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html Also, so that you do have complete information, here is the email that was sent to all USA Swimming members: Dear USA Swimming Members, Over...

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Congratulations to our SPA FLAGS swimmers on a great meet! Pictured above is the 10 & Under crew with Brinkleigh Hansen leading the group by placing top 6 in all of her events. She was 3rd in the 500 Free and 200 IM, 4th in the 200 Free and 100 Fly events and 6th in both the 50 Fly and 100 Back. Sawyer Hansen captured 7th in the 500 Free, 11th in the 50 and 200 Free events, 12th in the 100 Free and 100 Back and 15th in the...

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St. Petersburg Aquatics college swimmers wrapped up their conference season over the last two weeks. Will Smith (Osceola HS), Florida Atlantic University, placed 5th in the 500 Free, 7th in the 400 IM and 3rd in the 1650 Free at the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Championship Meet. Joshua McQueen (Canterbury), also swimming for FAU, swam in the 200 Free and 200 Fly at that meet. Taylor Williams (Osceola HS) swam in the 100 and 200 Fly for Florida Gulf Coast University at their conference meet. Competing in the Ivy League...