The Port Townsend REDfins Youth Swim Club headed to Renton April 27 and 28 for the Marin Morrison 10th annual memorial meet, hosted by the Shadow Seals, a disabilities swim club based in the greater Seattle area.
“It was wonderful to support the Shadow Seals, and with the positive and supportive atmosphere that surrounded the event, our swimmers performed excellently,” said Emily Harrenstein, head coach of the REDfins.
For Port Townsend’s Melody Douglas, Grace Poole, Trinity Hos-Martin and Jediah Sanders, this was their first meet, but Harrenstein credited them with representing their team well.
“Most REDfins athletes dropped time, but a few select athletes made Pacific Northwest Swimming Gold Standard times, which allows them to go to higher level competitions down the road,” Harrenstein said.
PT’s Ursula Schmidt made Gold Standard times in all of her events over both days, including the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:27.64; the 50-yard breaststroke, with a time of 47.95; the 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 1:41.80; the 50-yard butterfly, with a time of 42.85; and the 100-yard individual medley, with a time of 1:27.96.
Wilhelmina Schmidt made a Gold Standard time in her 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 31.15, and Tenzin Blersch made a Gold Standard time in his 100-yard individual medley, with a time of 1:09.23.
“All our athletes brought respectful and kind attitudes to the event,” Harrenstein said. “REDfins swimmers who didn’t make Gold Standard times still improved their performances, because they know how to push themselves when it matters most.”
The REDfins’ next event is a home meet on May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., which will be open to the public.
Both Harrenstein and Lena Curtis, aquatics program coordinator with the Mountain View Pool in Port Townsend, encouraged the community to attend May 24, not only to support the swim club, but also to welcome its new 10-years-and-younger group, that will be participating in an event for the first time.
The REDfins booster club will also be accepting donations to support the swim club.
The 10-and-under swimmers practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m., while the 11-and-older swimmers practice Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., with Wednesdays serving as their tryout days.
“To be accepted in the older group, you need to have passed Level 4 swimming lessons, or demonstrate equivalent skills,” Curtis said. “The younger group is for swimmers who know freestyle and the backstroke, but are just beginning the breaststroke and butterfly.”
Curtis estimated the older group already numbers 30-plus, and when combined with the younger group, the swim club’s team yields at least 40 members.
“This sport follows logic well,” Harrenstein said. “You get out exactly what you put in, when it comes to time and effort. Their performances show that.”
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In other local sporting news, on April 30 the Port Townsend Women’s Golf Club played a nine-hole game called “Blind Partners”, in which names for partners are drawn from a hat after play, and the best twosome net score wins the competition.
The winners were Starla Audette and Linda Deal, with a total net score of 72, while second place went to Trudy Jaycox, a new member, and Dee Sweeney, with a net score of 80.
The Discovery Bay Women’s Golf Club played an 18-hole round with a game called “Ts and Fs” May 2, in which the only scores counted are those beginning with the letters “T” or “F,” such as holes two, three, four, five, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15.
Marianne Ott was the winner, with a net score of 27.5, while Lynn Pierle came in second with 31.
Suzie Piper, a new member, was third with 36.5, while Wanda Synnestvedt and Jane Peoples tied for fourth place with 37, and Jane Guiltinan came in fifth, with a net score of 38.