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City swim champs start today

Submitted by on 1, August 14, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

swim_lesson_180bAlameda’s 55th annual swim championships start today and will be held through Sunday at the Emma Hood Swim Center, 2256 Alameda Avenue. This year’s event is sponsored by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department, in cooperation with the Alameda Island Aquatics and Ala-Gator swim teams.

The meet will include events for youths ages 6 and up, with a master’s division taking place tonight. A two-day meet program will be offered for a fee, though watching the swimmers compete is free. A snack bar will also be available.

Five special awards will be presented during the awards ceremony, at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 16. Per the press release:

The Emma Hood Award, named in honor of the original employee of the Alameda Swim Center, goes to the most outstanding person enrolled in the Aquatic Volunteer/Basic Lifesaving Program. The Ernest Poggi Award is presented to the most outstanding student enrolled in the Lifeguard Training Course. The Frank Weeden Trophy goes to the most outstanding boy or girl age-group swimmer in Alameda. The final two awards, the Lance Seely Award and the Sally Gallagher Award, go to the most outstanding male and female high school swimmers.

For more information, call the Alameda Recreation & Park Department at 747-7529.

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