By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
A number of local swimmers are hoping to make a big splash in their own backyard beginning today.
About 30 swimmers from the Crescent City Swim Club, the Sharks, will take part in its annual invitational meet at Fred Endert Municipal Pool at 11 a.m. today. On Sunday, the meet starts at 9 a.m.
Approximately 300 children from 6 to 18 years old will participate and will come from all over the region, from southern Oregon to the Bay Area.
Swim coach Amanda O'Dell looks forward to the meet each year.
"It's always fun to do it here," she said. O'Dell added that for the swimmers, it's nice to be competing in a pool they're familiar with.
As a child, O'Dell was a member of the swim club and has many fond memories of participating in the meet.
"For me, it was such a huge part of me life," she said about the swim club. "It's fun to see these kids have the same experiences."
With many team members meeting constantly to practice, friendships are formed and a love of swimming is instilled in them, O'Dell said.
It's also great that they're learning a sport that keeps them in shape and gives them important swimming skills Â– especially when it comes to water safety, she added.
"It opens the door to so many other things," O'Dell said.
Isabella Lucero, 12, has been a member of the swim club for a little less than a year.
She is excited to be competing in the meet and said it's nice to to have the event in Crescent City.
"It's nice to compete in the place you swim," she said. "Your more used to it."
Lucero said she has enjoyed being a member of the Sharks, and being able to swim.
"It's my favorite sport," she said. "It's just a good sport."
Jesse Cipolla, 16, has been a member of the swim club for a number of years.
This meet will be bittersweet for him.
He has decided to now focus his attention on taking part in triathlons and this will be his last meet for the team.
Cipolla has enjoyed the people he has met and said he has formed a number of friendships in the swim club.
While the club normally hosts only one meet a year, there is a plan to have another meet, tentatively set for January.
The idea is to have the meet as a way to help raise funds for the city to help keep the pool open.
The Sharks swim club is always looking for members. Those interested are welcome to talk to team members, who are at the pool from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The club also has a Website at webpages.charter.net/ccscsharks/.