Pirates swim season comes to an end
by Erick Torres
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Patterson swimmer Angel Martin performs a turn while competing in the 13-to-15-year-old girls 100-meter freestyle heat.  This was the second heat she competed in on the evening of Aug. 1.--------Photo by Erick Torres
Patterson swimmer Angel Martin performs a turn while competing in the 13-to-15-year-old girls 100-meter freestyle heat. This was the second heat she competed in on the evening of Aug. 1.--------Photo by Erick Torres
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A group of Patterson swimmers compete during the 9-to-10-year-old boys 50-meter backstroke heat.-------Photo by Erick Torres
A group of Patterson swimmers compete during the 9-to-10-year-old boys 50-meter backstroke heat.-------Photo by Erick Torres
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Sariah Perez swims in lane two during the 9-to-12-year-old freestyle mixed heat. Perez competed in a total of three heats on the evening. This was her second heat of the evening. She also competed in the 9-to-10 25-meter butterfly and the girls 9-to-10-year-old 50-meter freestyle swim.----------Photo by Erick Torres
Sariah Perez swims in lane two during the 9-to-12-year-old freestyle mixed heat. Perez competed in a total of three heats on the evening. This was her second heat of the evening. She also competed in the 9-to-10 25-meter butterfly and the girls 9-to-10-year-old 50-meter freestyle swim.----------Photo by Erick Torres
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Patterson’s Stella Pena swims in lane four during the 13-to-18-year-old girls 100-IM heat. Pena also competed in the 13-to-15-year old girls 50-meter breaststroke competition, and the girls 13-to-15 50-meter butterfly on the final swim meet of the season on.-------Photo by Erick Torres
Patterson’s Stella Pena swims in lane four during the 13-to-18-year-old girls 100-IM heat. Pena also competed in the 13-to-15-year old girls 50-meter breaststroke competition, and the girls 13-to-15 50-meter butterfly on the final swim meet of the season on.-------Photo by Erick Torres
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The days of smiley-face swim caps, goggles and races at the Patterson Aquatic Center came to a close as the Patterson Pirates swim season ended on the evening of Aug. 1.

This wrapped up the 10th season for the Patterson Pirates Swim team, who navigated the waters with Coach Denise Gonzalez and Assistant Coach Jeune Shelton at the helm.

There were a total of 85 races that spanned over 55 events during the last meet of the season on a sizzling-hot Friday evening.

Swimmers were fortunate enough to escape the heat for brief moments as they took turns competing to improve their times. All the while the families relaxed in the shade as the swimmers had one final chance to show off the techniques they learned before disbanding until June.

Next year’s season will begin approximately one week after school breaks for summer, with sign-ups beginning roughly one month before that.

“For swimmers who want preseason technique help or pre-swim team teaching, a clinic is offered usually starting in March, two days a week, until the swim season starts in June,” said Coach Denise Gonzalez.

With the season coming to a conclusion, Gonzalez was astute in making sure the swimmers learned how to compete the right way. The coaches and parents offered support and encouragement all season; however, they weren’t the only people offering support for the Patterson Pirates program.

Some of the season’s success is due to measures of support given to the swim team by the city of Patterson. An example of this greater support is the fact that the Patterson Pirates were afforded an extra hour of practice, giving them three hours of training instead of two. This extra hour of training has been a huge boon to the program, and allowed the coaching staff to focus and explain each technique in greater detail.

“Most of the improvement was apparent in the basic fundamentals,” explained Gonzalez. “Coach Jeune and I were able to focus more on breathing and basic techniques and move a little more slowly from one stroke to the next, one technique to the next, giving the kids a better quality learning experience. Overall, the swimmers rocked everything we gave them!”

Coach Gonzalez couldn’t thank the city enough for supporting and expanding the program.

“Because of the support system the city has given Coach Jeune and I, we have been able to build and facilitate a program where there was basic stroke and technique improvement for new swimmers; advanced stroke and technique improvement as well as sportsmanship awareness for the intermediate swimmers; and empowerment and leadership development for the advanced swimmers,” said Coach Gonzalez.

The Patterson Pirates will have one final gathering on Aug. 9 at the Patterson Aquatic Center. The gathering will have some free food for the swimmers and a free swim for the parents.

Along with the festivities, awards will be handed out to the swimmers. This will officially wrap up the season until next summer when the recreational program will begin anew.

Contact Erick Torres at 892-6187, ext. 28, or erick@pattersonirrigator.com.
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