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Craig Sea Sharks ready to dive in to home meet this weekend

Youth swimming program hosts Thursday fundraiser, plans to host state meet in July

Craig's Noah Mortenson competes fiercely during the Craig Sea Sharks ABC Swim Meet in 2015. This year's event takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Craig Pool Complex. The team will also host the Seasonal State Meet in late July.
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A dip in the local pool is always refreshing, and the members of the Craig Sea SharksCraig Sea Sharks youth team will be seeing a lot more peers in the old swimming hole this summer. youth team will be seeing a lot more peers in the old swimming hole this summer.

Craig Sea Sharks youth team will be seeing a lot more peers in the old swimming hole this summer.

The Sea Sharks ABC Swim Meet takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Craig Pool Complex, an event that will feature about 140 kids from 11 teams.

The vast majority of swimmers will be from Northwest Colorado, more than 100 from Steamboat Springs, Rangely and Craig.

About 50 will bear the name Sea Sharks this weekend, the local team ranging from beginners as young as 4 or 5 to high school age.

“We’ve got a lot of newbies and returning swimmers, so we’re just looking to do well and cut lots of times,” said coach Meghan Francone.

The Sea Sharks will host a season fundraiser this Thursday at Vallarta’s, the restaurant donating a portion of their intake for the evening — sales made between 5 and 9 p.m. — to the youth aquatics program.

The team has already attended in meets in Rangely and Aspen so far this summer, and following the ABC Meet will be events in Montrose and Grand Junction, which will host both a regular invitational and the Western Slope Championships.

While members of the Sea Sharks are used to a lot of road trips, this year will be a bit different, as the Seasonal State Meet will be at the Craig Pool Complex July 29 to 31.

Getting the nod to host is not easy, said Sea Sharks President Melany Neton, one of the requirements being an up-to-date timing system.

“The community helped us two years ago get the system, so we’ve been working to put the bid in place for state and have everything ready like the Dolphin system and a scoreboard with swimmers’ times,” she said.

While nearby groups from Wyoming and Utah will be in town for the ABC Meet, the Seasonal State Meet will have about 300 in attendance from the farthest reaches of Colorado.

“It’s pretty far, but it’ll bring people in from Lamar, Cortez, Fort Morgan, all corners of Colorado,” Neton said.

The state event is generally held at outdoor pools, Neton said, and the Craig complex is the only facility in the region that uses an outdoor pool for its events, which helped in the bidding process.

“I’m so excited we can still continue to host our meet,” she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.


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