Kingfish compete in tri-meet

Tech. Sgt. Chris Lockwood
Contributing Writer

***image1***The Kingfish once again traveled to Brussels and competed against the
NATO Marlins and GK Orcas Saturday. The swimmers were motivated and
ready for the challenge. The Orcas had a very strong team winning the
tri-meet with 56 swimmers to the Kingfish 27, less than half the
team.  However, this did not deter the Kingfish.

“They doubled our numbers and that’s hard to overcome on the point
totals, but to their credit they swam very well,” said Kingfish head
coach Bob Clinton.  
The Kingfish also swam well with a significant number of personal best
times and a sweep of the women’s 13 to19 age group 400m Freestyle.

“I was very pleased with the results of the 400 and credit swimmers
Mindy Pierce, Monique Lockwood, Roni Place, Camille Kaczmar, Barbara
Burriss, Mykie Brown and Emily Ehlers with great swims,” said Coach
Clinton. “I think the most fun I had at this meet was watching
9-year-old Tessla Barnes and her reaction to being part of the winning
11 to 12 200m Medley Relay.  We didn’t have enough 11 to 12
swimmers so I moved Tess up to that relay.  She was very nervous,
but when she touched for the finish and realized that her relay had won
she had this huge smile on her face.”

***image2***The other relay excitement was the 13 to 14 200m Free Exhibition
Relay.  Coach Clinton said, “I had the A relay set and the
combination of Neil Warrington, Kaczmar, Lockwood, and Stephen
Tarnowski were a lock for first, but the Exhibition relay consisted of
three swimmers from the 11 to 12 ranks, Ashley Fuchs, Taylor Glass and
Rebecca Pakradooni, and one 13 to 14 swimmer Barbara Burriss. 
Even though this relay could not score points they placed second
overall in the 13 to 14 age group with a very gutsy swim.”
Other top performers were Nolan Richerson, Megan Pakradooni and Sean Warrington.

The Kingfish had more swimmers qualify for the championships, which will be hosted in Italy in February.  

The Kingfish will next host the Eifel Sharks, NATO Marlins, Wiesbaden Wahoos and Würzburg Waves Saturday.