Young Sandsharks nearly equal last year’s miles

July 21, 2018

NEEDLES — The annual Swimarama for the Needles Sandsharks swim team took place on July 6 and 7 at the Needles Aquatic Center along J Street.

Every year ’Sharks swimmers, family and friends participate in order to raise funds for the team to keep competing and for big upcoming expenses.

“The swimmers are sponsored whether it may be per lap, per mile or a flat rate,” said Ashley DeLeon, ’Sharks swim coach. “We are still saving up for a new timing system and a shade structure to put it under. It’s going to cost around $15,000 so we will gladly accept any donations to go to this purchase.”

Traditionally the swimmers have 24 hours to swim 100 miles in the 25-yard lap pool but last year they smashed that number by swimming a total of 218 miles and they were trying to do the same this year, albeit with a much younger group of competitors.

The swimmers have to swim a required minimum of miles:

• Six and under, none required;

• Seven to eight years old, one mile preferred;

• Nine to 10 years old, 2 miles;

• 11 to 12 years old, 3 miles;

• 13 to 14 years old, 4 miles;

• 15 to 18 years old, 5 miles.

The participating swimmers are able to swim more than their required age group amount during the Swimarama.

“This year the families swam a total of 3,658 laps or 52 miles and the individual swimmers got to 10,944 laps or 152 miles which made it a grand total of 203 miles,” said DeLeon. “I would like to give a huge shout out to our top individual swimmers who were: Ally Pletcher, swam 11 miles; Abbry Castillo, swam 10 miles; Caela Castillo, swam 10 miles; and Angelina Pletcher, swam nine miles.”

The ’Sharks had a bye week on July 14 and are back in action on July 21 in the Cottonwood Invitational in Cottonwood, Ariz., starting at 8 a.m.

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