You've got to step it up.
That was the charge Sea Sharks coach Marin Campbell issued to her swimmers at practice Wednesday morning.
With the summer season coming to an end, the Sea Sharks will have one last chance to compete. Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, the team will host 400 swimmers during the summer club swimming championships at the Craig Swimming Complex.
The championships run through Sunday.
Every year, Colorado Swim-
ming introduces a different theme for the meet to give participants a laid-back environment without a lot of pressure. This year's meet has a Hawaiian theme, so expect to see leis and hula skirts on many people involved.
Those who are swimming in the championships will get a chance to see their hard work and early morning practices pay off.
"It's a chance for the kids to see the end result of everything they have worked so hard for this summer," Campbell said. "We're easing off on the intensity of the workouts, and focusing on technique, turns and streamlined starts."
The Sea Sharks have practiced from 6:45 to 8:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday all summer long. For many, the early morning practice schedule has not provided much of a summer break, but Campbell believes their hard work will be rewarded this weekend.
After not competing in the summer club championships last year, the Sea Sharks are ready to show what they are made of, Campbell said.
"Last year, we didn't go to summer club championships because it was so far away, and I want to end this year on a high note," said Campbell, who recently announced she would not return as coach next season.
This marks the first time since 2001 that the Sea Sharks have hosted the summer club championships, and it is expected to be a bigger event than a home meet earlier in the season.
"There are a lot more events this weekend than at our home meet," she said. "When you host a championship meet, you have to run all of the events so we'll have the mile for each age group along with other events we didn't run at the home meet," Campbell said.
Campbell made note of a few Sea Sharks that should finish in the top 10 this weekend.
"Bailey Kurz should do awesome this weekend," Campbell said.
Along with Kurz, Colter and Laurel Tegtman also are expected to perform well.
"We're doing some mixed age relays this weekend, so that should be fun," Campbell said. "It's something different."
After the championships, the Sea Sharks will not see action in the pool until next season, under a new head coach, and hopefully with some titles to defend.