Craig Sea Sharks are back in the water
Marin Campbell knows first-hand the repercussions of improper training in the pool. She had shoulder surgery in the fall to repair an injury that started when she learned bad habits in her swimming stroke.
This summer, the Craig Sea Shark’s swim coach hopes to make sure her swimmers don’t have to go through the same experience.
“When you learn bad habits at a young age, they stay with you,” she said. “I’ll be putting more emphasis on stretching and stroke technique this summer.”
The Sharks already are hard at work. The 50-plus swimmers have been practicing throughout May, and this week is their first full week.
“We have a lot of new swimmers this year,” Campbell said. “Our numbers in the 9- and 10-year-olds are large.”
For the first time in her three years as coach, Campbell has two assistants. Sea Shark veterans Chris Compton and Sari Maneotis will be helping with coaching duties.
“They’re both great,” Campbell said. “There will be more individual attention for everybody, and they can help me in all aspects.”
The race season begins May 28 in Rangely. There are eight meets scheduled that don’t require any qualifying times. After those eight meets, there are four additional meets that swimmers can qualify for depending on their times.
Tucker Trujillo, 12, is a Sea Shark veteran and one of the older boys on the team. He explained why he keeps coming out every summer.
“It’s more fun than work,” he said. “We still work, but it’s a good time in the summer.”
Trujillo said one of the few drawbacks is the 6 a.m. practices. “I’m still getting used to them,” he said.
The Sharks have afternoon practice in the Moffat County High School pool throughout May and then move to morning practices at the City Pool after Memorial Day.
Campbell acknowledged that the early swims can be a bit too early sometimes, but they allow everybody to have their summer days free.
Kimberlynne Hill, 12, is a Sea Shark rookie. She said her mom taught her to swim, but the new strokes were something she hadn’t learned.
“My legs aren’t working right yet” for some of the strokes, she said. “I joined because I thought it would be fun to be part of a team.”
The Sharks range from beginning swimmers to high school athletes. Anyone interested can join the team by showing up to practice after school at the MCHS pool.
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