Wenatchee Valley Summer Swim League caps off season with championship meet

Take your mark. A young swimmer gets set to race at the WVSSL Champs meet. Photo provided/Evy Gillin

The Wenatchee Valley Summer Swim League Championship (Champs) meet at the Wenatchee City Pool was an exciting celebration of the greater Wenatchee area swim leagues’ 20th season. League teams from Leavenworth, Quincy, Waterville, Ephrata, Cashmere and the WRAC showed up in force for the penultimate meet.

The WRAC’s swimmers and hundreds of league swimmers competed in a very hot Saturday for the League Championship meet on July 28. Coached by Audrey Parrish and Kayli Brown and ably assisted by dozens of parent volunteers, the WRAC swimmers had a wonderful season.

The Leavenworth swim team has hundreds of dedicated supporters. Their pool is in a lovely park which makes for great picnics during league meets there. Tillie Leroy is an outstanding example of the fast and fun Leavenworth team who were crowned champs at the WVSSL 2018 Champs Swim Meet.

From the Splash Zone in Ephrata, Emmie Dilling continued her family tradition of swimming excellence as she and her teammates competed in the 2018 Championships in Wenatchee. Huc and Laurie Dilling have been the league’s leaders for a generation and their swimmers are perennial champions.

In the emerald desert capital of Quincy, Kathy Knodell and her community have presided over a gem of an aquatic center which provides dozens of swimmers fun summers. Coach Michelle van der Merwe and her staff of always cheerful volunteers guided their team to another stellar season. Gates Peterson and his buddies had a super good time at Champs where they swam some excellent races.

The Cashmere swim team is a powerhouse and their parent volunteers ensure their meets run flawlessly. Cashmere is one of the league’s favorite venues because Faith Courtney and her compatriots are fun and fast. Cashmere’s team competed superbly at Champs this year and took home lots of awards and great memories.

On the Waterville Highlands, the swimming pool is a great oasis and gathering place replete with the very best barbeque ever. Alexis Palmquist and her team raced at Champs where they thrilled the crowds with some super racing. The Waterville coaching staff is so friendly and helpful. It is a joy to have them at league meets.

The WVSSL welcomes fun-loving swimmers of all abilities. Anyone who can swim 25 meters is welcome. The Champs meet at the Wenatchee City pool was a huge success and all the kids had a super fun day.