A large contingent of Nome Northstar Swim Team members traveled to Fairbanks to participate in the Northern Area Championships swim meet at the Hamme Pool from Friday, April 7 through 9. “This is the biggest meet for our area,” explained NNST Head Coach Kristin Riall. “We brought with us 23 swimmers with a range of ages from nine to 15 years old.”
The Nome swim team competed against nine swimmers from the Delta Greely Tide team, 57 swimmers from the Fairbanks Midnight Sun Swim Team; 58 swimmers from the North Pole Aquatic Club and 77 swimmers with Fairbanks’ Stingray Swim Team. The competition had 116 events – both relay and individual events – on the schedule that were held from Friday night through Sunday evening.
The combined team scores put the Stingray Swim Team in the lead with 3,693 points; followed by the North Pole Aquatic Club with 2,046 points. The Midnight Sun Swim Team placed third with 1,974 points, followed by Delta Greely Tide with 467 points and Nome Northstar Swim Team with 396 points.
Coach Riall said after the meet that the highlight for her was to see new swim team members come to Fairbanks and participate in their first major competition. “We had a lot of first year swimmers compete in their first meet, because it’s so hard for us to travel from Nome,” she said. “We don’t get this opportunity very often, so it was great to see them come out and have their chance to shine.”
Longtime coach and NNST organizer Brenda Menadelook was also pleased to see this many swimmers from Nome. “In my experience I haven’t seen this many swimmers come to Fairbanks in quite a while….
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