CREST swims 7/18

The CREST swim team hosted an inter-squad meet at the Crossett City Pool last weekend. (SUBMITTED/News Observer)

The CREST swim team hosted a swim meet at the Crossett City Pool last weekend. Because of COVID-19, however, the meet had some non-traditional elements. 

CREST Coach Shannon Hornsby said the team hosted the “Fourth (not-so) Annual Jacked-Up Relays. 

“But not quite the way we planned at the beginning of the season,” Hornsby said. 

 The meet was an inter-squad meet, meaning that only CREST swimmers attended. 

“While we are very saddened that we couldn’t host other teams this year, we felt it necessary to change plans in order to keep our swimmers and families safe due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases,” Hornsby said. 

The  South Arkansas Swim Association  decided to take a two-week break from any team-to-team contact, and plans to reassess after the break. 

“Despite this, our swimmers had a great day and we had a lot of time cuts and tons of fun,” Hornsby said. 

“We’d like to extend a huge thank-you to all of our sponsors and volunteers,” Hornsby said. “We could not have made our meet happen without them.”

 The meet ended with a three-way tie for Overall High Point between Reece Poe, Bryce Bailey, and Leah Weaver, all who had a total of 36 points each.  They all earned first place in all four of their events.  

This was the third meet of the season for CREST and because of the two-week break the league declared, they are unsure of how the rest of the season will go. 

Hornsby said their first meet was July 4 in Monticello. CREST placed third out of seven teams, earning a total of 280 points. 

“Every single CREST swimmer scored points for our team,” Hornsby said. 

On July 11 the swimmers traveled back to Monticello to compete. CREST placed third out of seven teams, this time with a total of 357 points. 

“We had some huge time cuts at this meet, some as big as 18 seconds,” Hornsby said. 

Though the season has not gone as planned, Hornsby said she is proud of how well her swimmers and their families have adjusted. 

“Overall, CREST swimmers and families have done a stellar job of acclimating to our new normal,” Hornsby said. 

There have been no problems with compliance as Hornsby said her swimmers have done a great job of practicing the current guidelines for youth sports. 

“For us, this means wearing masks, checking temperatures, answering questions about our health, following social distancing, and much more. I could not be more proud of our kids; they are representing our community so well,” Hornsby said. 

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