El Paso youngsters develop skills, compete in Swimming Championships
By Joe Olvera (c), 2010
More than 300 youngsters from throughout El Paso County competed July 24 and July 25 in the Annual Public Leagues City Swimming Championships at the Pavo Real Aquatic Center, 110 Presa Place Street.
Wright Stanton, manager of the El Paso Parks and Recreation’s Aquatics Program, said that children as young as 6 years of age, and adolescents up to age 18 had a great time at the meet. “It was great, we weren’t rained out,” Stanton said. “Ours is the largest program in which youngsters participate, and they love it.
“This competition is so important, because it gives kids the chance to not only improve their swimming skills, but it also helps them develop further in competitive swimming. Later, as they mature and become better swimmers, they can participate in other meets, helping to bring pride to our city.”
Stanton said that the annual competition draws large crowds, not only of swimmers, but, of their parents and other supporters as well. The more advanced swimmers work hard to become City Champions in various age groups and in individual team events.