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Dolphins heat up KCRD pool

Posted: June 28, 2011 3:45 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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ELSA COMPTON COMPETES in the backstroke during a recent KCRD Dolphins’ swim meet.

It's a new swim team season heating up at the Kershaw County Recreation Department’s swimming pool on Battleship Rd. in Camden. And, this year's team is bigger than ever.

The Camden Dolphins swim team has children ranging in age from four to 18. They compete in events of every type of stroke; backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. Some of the bravest swimmers even sign up for the 200-meter individual medley, an event in which they show off their ability to master all four strokes while performing all of them as fast as possible against the competitor in the next lane.

The team has had three meets so far. The Dolphins lost their opener to the Lancaster Makos by 100 points (points are given to the first, second and third place swimmers in each event and then tallied.) That was followed by a victory over the Kershaw Swim Team, and then, a narrow loss in a second match up against the Lancaster Makos, this time by only 39 points.

Some of the highlights from the most recent meet included a strong 50-meter backstroke showing from swimmer Elsa Compton --- just more than four seconds faster than the rest of the field of swimmers --- and many other events won by Camden swimmers bringing their points total to within 12 points of the Makos prior to the relays.

The relay teams are selected based on the fastest times and the requirements of a representative from each age group within the relay team. The younger age groups put up a good fight in their relay heats, but it was now up to the older age group’s relays to bring home the win.

Usually, the older age groups are the Dolphins strong suit, with veteran swimmers who have literally swam on the Camden team for over 10 years.

An exciting boy’s relay left 16-year-old Kyle Brosius swimming freestyle as the anchor swimmer in the individual medley relay. He was handicapped an entire length of the pool when diving in. Brosius, however, would dig in hard to bring home a photo finish for the Dolphins while the whole team cheered him on.

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