Fast Storms End Fast Swims at County Meet (PHOTOS and VIDEO)
Swimmers took to the blocks on July 8 at the Montgomery County Swim League’s (MCSL) Coaches Long Course meet at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center until a fast-moving storm took the place of the fast swimming.
Coaches, volunteers and swimmers talk about the excitement and fun of summer competitive swimming in this report by MyMCMedia’s Krista Brick.
ORIGINAL POST Fast-moving storms got the best of the Montgomery County Swim League’s Coaches Long Course meet held at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center Tuesday night.
The county’s fastest swimmers took to the blocks at about 6 p.m. but got less than halfway through the schedule of events before high winds and a downpour forced officials to shut it down. The hundreds of swimmers and spectators ran to their cars, huddled under a snack shack and packed the indoor pool at the facility hoping the storm would break. As the rain poured down outside, anxious swimmers paced inside the Rockville swim buildings but many never got a chance to best their times.
The meet is one of the premier events in the league’s six-week season. It has the top eight swimmers in each of the events swim against one another in a showcase for the county’s elite group.
In addition to the wind breaking tents set up to shield spectators from the sun, 10-year-old Giulia Boraldi broke an MCSL record set in 2007 in the 100 freestyle by more than two seconds with a time of 1:05:10.The previous record was set by Natsumi Horikawa of Tilden Woods.
“I did a good dive, I think. I wanted to get a good start, a good lead and then I finished out my race fast. So it was pretty cool,” Boraldi said, after getting hugs from her mom and teammates. Boraldi swims for the Potomac Glen Gators in Potomac.