Bolivar’s Barracudas swim team brought a little extra motivation into the pool Monday, June 24.
For the first time since 2013, the team hosted a meet, inviting swimmers from the Fremont Hills Country Club team in Nixa and the Pat Jones YMCA team in Springfield to the Bolivar Aqua Zone to contest relays and individual events.
In total, Barracudas coach Clair Hubert said about 70 swimmers hit the water Monday.
“They did good,” she said of her team. “They were all excited to have a meet in our own pool, because they’re familiar with that. Most of them even shaved off time.”
The team’s parent volunteers made the events possible, she said.
“Everybody was on point and doing their jobs,” she said. “It ran smoothly.”
It’s the fourth meet of the year for the Bolivar team, which consists of about 40 members. Local events are key to making that figure grow, Hubert said.
“It’s nice to host a meet like this for recruitment purposes,” she said. “The more we can spread the word out, the more we can build our team.”
The motivation to defend the home pool resonated strong with the group, Hubert said. The team’s relays performed well, she added.
Swimmer Owen Cornell cut a second off of his 50-yard freestyle, dropping from the mid-28 second range to 27.86, Hubert said.
“That’s a big deal,” the coach said. “That’s a fast time.”
Swimmer Lilly Daulton cut two seconds off every event she swam, despite spending a week away from the pool, Hubert said.
“She was actually gone all last week and she took a bunch of time off of everything she swam,” Hubert said.