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Hurricanes swirling into conference finals

By on July 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm

The Columbia Hurricanes youth summer swim team defeated the Waterloo Piranhas at home on Saturday to end the regular season in style.

The Hurricanes improved to 5-1 on the season with the 367-196 victory.

“The kids did great on Saturday; a lot of personal bests and very proud of so many of the young swimmers swimming some strokes for the first time!” Hurricanes head coach Bart Jones said.

The Hurricanes have gained strength throughout the season, Jones said.

“These kids are making a lot of progress; more this year than in any year I can remember,” he said. “A lot of that is because of the number of kids we have swimming this year.  

Columbia has more than 100 registered swimmers this season, swimming about 80 of them on most meets. Most of the swimmers this year are under the age of 10, Jones added. 

“But we fill out all of our age groups pretty well and it makes for a lot of competition in each age group,” he said. “That competition pushes the swimmers to get better every week. The swimmers are really learning and showing great progress.” 

The conference finals take place this weekend…>>> 

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.