By Team Head Coach Carl Kailikole and Team President Chris Scott
For most kids, that ringing bell that marks the last day of school means a couple of months of sleeping in late and several weeks of no real responsibilities. However, if you drive past the Crockett pool at 6:30 in the morning during the summer, you will see a much different scene. You will see a group of kids who chose to wake up hours earlier than they do during the school year. You will see a group of kids working to improve themselves. You will see a group of kids doing their best to represent their community with pride and honor. You will see the Crockett Swim Team…The Crockett-iles.
Last year the Crockett-iles finished in a three-way tie for first place in round-robin competition with a league record of 5-1, matching the record of two teams from much larger communities. Smaller than most of the teams in the Twin Counties Swim League, the Crockett-iles proved that sometimes, with hard work and determination, the little guy can prevail in head-to-head competition.
For most of the team, the season culminates with our biggest meet of the year, League Finals. Despite its fifth place finish, the Crockett Swim Team made an exceptional showing by taking five of the twelve High Point trophies awarded at the meet. High Point trophies are awarded to the top individual in each age group. Daniel Airoldi (6 and under boy), Katie Gray (7-8 girl), Summer Adams (9-10 girl), Brennden Ogura (11-12 boy) and Chelsea Airoldi (13-14 girl) all out-swam and out-scored all other swimmers in their respective age groups. While the majority of the team’s season ends with League Finals, those who swam fast enough to qualify swam at the Contra Costa County Championships at Acalanes High School. In division III, Crockett swimmers turned in performances that were good enough to place them fifth out of over 20 teams. Strong swims and lifetime bests from those mentioned above as well as Danielle Muzzini (15-18 woman), Spencer Sargent (15-18 man), Rachel Clark (13-14 girl), Hannah Clark (11-12 girl) and Sarah Sargent (11-12 girl) powered the Crockett-iles to their impressive finish.
It takes more than the top swimmers to produce a winning swim team. Swimmers of all ages are encouraged to join as the team is a great place to make friends and enjoy the summer. In addition to swimming, the team is a group that has many outside activities for the whole family. When thinking of something for your child to do this summer, remember to consider the Crockett Swim Team. It is a place that holds fun for all that attend. Our practices start Monday April 27th from 4-7 pm, depending on the age group. If you are interested please come see us during practice and sign your swimmer up for a summer of fun. For more information visit us at crockettswimteam.org or call 510-734-7642.