Kingfish take opening meet

Tech. Sgt. Chris Lockwood</b
Contributing Writer

***image1***The Kingfish opened their season at the Heidelberg Sea Lions home pool Sunday.

Once all the Kingfish families found the pool, got situated, and the swimmers warmed up, you could feel the excitement.

The Kingfish were ready to show their stuff. The coaching staff as well as the swimmers were filled with anticipation.

With their teammates and parents alike cheering them on, the first swimmers stepped up to the starting blocks.

As the competitors dove in, K-Town was in the lead; they took the first heat and never looked back.

The Kingfish took 8 of 8 relays and dominated the pool in Backstroke and Breaststroke.

“We had many personal best performances and qualifying times for the (European Forces Swim League) Championships in February 2006, so we are off to a very good start,” said Head Coach Bob Clinton.

When everything was said and done the Kingfish came out on top, final score was 448 to 215 a 233 point difference.

“I was very proud of our swimmers on this first (meet). Not only did they swim fast, but they showed top notch sportsmanship throughout the competition.” said Coach Clinton. “We’ve been working on this from the start of practices and it has really paid off with swimmers understanding that they can compete and win gracefully. I have always believed that you honor yourself and your competition by giving your 100 percent best and not by putting someone else down.”

After the final heat was over, the swimmers cheered their host for putting on a great meet. The Kingfish prepared hard for this meet and are looking forward to the many more meets ahead.

The Kingfish are back in action this Saturday at their home pool in Baumholder, start time is 11 a.m.

Other teams competing will be the Lakenheath Barracudas, NATO Marlins, SHAPE Seals and the Bamberg Aqua Barons.