Saturday, February 22, 2020

Lincoln City Swim Club Pumpkin Sprint Meet goes off swimmingly

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Swimmers weren’t the only ones to make a splash Saturday during the first day of the Lincoln City Swim Club Pumpkin Sprint Meet at the Lincoln City Community Center.

A booth was set up when visitors arrived to the event showcasing glass pumpkin floats donated by Kelly Howard and the Lincoln Glass Center and numerous other fundraising prizes.

“We’re trying to raise money for the team to assist swimmers who can’t afford the monthly dues.” Lincoln City Swim Club (LCSC) parent Joan Prins said.

The Pumpkin Sprint Relay had swimmers pushing pumpkins in their lane to waiting teammates who used a variety of swimming techniques to get the pumpkins down the pool. Some pushed it with their chests while others kept it at the tip of their hands. One swimmer used his head to push the pumpkin along.

“Kids come from all over the state to swim in our pool and I know that’s great for tourism,” Community Center Director Boone Marker said. “The kids get to enjoy a fun event like the Pumpkin Sprint Relay and enjoy some hip-hop music.”

“A lot of our kids have been swimming with us year-round since they were young,” LCSC Coach Lissa Parker said. “We have 182 kids on 12 teams here today and 26 of those are Lincoln City kids.”

The two-day event resumes at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday at the Lincoln City Community Center pool.