Tiftarea Tidal Wave swim team prepares for district

Nora Lott is expected to be one of the swimmers active Saturday at district.

TIFTON — The Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) will have the District Swim Meet on Saturday. Tiftarea Tidal Wave (TTW) Swim team is preparing hard to dominate the competition.

Assistant coach Lindy Bengston has been preparing the team by practicing techniques in starts, turns, speed work and breathe control.

The team is feeling confident after dominating the TTW Invitational meet earlier this month. The team took first place in most competitions including the 25-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle relay, the 50-yard breaststroke and more.

“We do have a strong group of younger kids,” said Lindy Bengston. “They should do really good at district.”

Each swimmer will compete in three events. Head coach Dustin Bengston and Lindy Bengston evaluate each swimmer and decide which event their swimmers will be the most competitive.

“We decide on which three events they will compete in based on what will give them the best opportunity to qualify for state,” said Lindy Bengston.

If the swimmers get top three in their event, they move on to the GRPA state meet. The same applies for the relay teams.

The competition heats up after district when the swimmers go to the state meet. “We compete with the Atlanta teams year round,” said Lindy Bengston.

According to Bengston, swimming is something that needs to be practiced year round because of how physically demanding the sport is.

“By doing this summer swim, they are helping their school swim,” she said. “Tift County schools really likes for them to swim over the summer to keep their endurance going to better their skills and techniques.”

The district swim meet will happen at the Baldwin Drive Aquatic Center located at the corner of 2nd Street and Baldwin Drive. The competition will start at 7 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m.

The GRPA State Meet happens at the local pool on July 12- 13. For more information about the upcoming swim meets contact the team by email at tiftareatidalwave@gmail.com.

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