Competitors left cold in Kingfish wake

Tech. Sgt. Chris Lockwood
Contributing writer

***image1***The Kaiserslautern Kingfish swim team finished their regular season with 14 wins and one loss.

“We have a very strong team this year with many league top performers and new and excellent talent,” said Coach Bob Clinton. “The kids have worked hard and dedicated themselves to as many as 10 hours per week of practice plus their meets.”

The Kingfish season started in late August 2006 and will culminate with the Division Championships this weekend in Brussels and the League Championships Feb. 17 and 18 in Munich.

***image2***In his third full season as Kingfish head coach, Coach Clinton said he is very pleased with the results and what the swimmers have accomplished. All swimmers improved on their times and many already qualified for Munich.

In upcoming meets, some Kingfish swimmers will compete for the final time.
“I have a strong senior leadership this season and they make up the backbone of the team,” he said. “Seniors Mindy Pierce, Roni Place, Teri Plotkin, Erin Noyes, Samantha Benito, LaJuann Harper, Josh Sleight and Josh Selvidge set the example for the team and I relied on them to lead the way in competition and team spirit. They will be missed next season.”

The Kingfish Swim Team was aided this season by the coaching staff: Lily Yeung-Wagner, Brian Mitchell, Debbie Gage, Jerry Hart, Jen Dovalo and Denny DePriest.

***image3***“They make it happen for the kids every day and are a major portion of the team’s success,” said Coach Clinton.

The Kingfish compete in the European Forces Swim League with 18 teams throughout the European area.

In its 30th year, the league provides swim competition for Department of Defense, State Department and NATO dependent children. Information about the Kingfish can be located at