Three-Day City Swim Meet Starts Friday

File photo    The City of Alameda Swim Meet, the Island City’s official swim competition, starts tomorrow and continues through Sunday.

Alameda Recreation and Park Department will team up with the Alameda Gators Swim Team tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 2, through this Sunday, Aug. 4, to host the city’s 65th annual City Swim Meet. 

Swimmers of all ages will enjoy this fun and low-key meet at the Encinal High School Swim Center, 230 Central Ave. The meet includes novice events, age-group races and masters’ events.  

Warm-ups begin tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 5:15 p.m. The meet begins at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, general warm-ups run from 10 to 10:45 a.m., while swimmers 8 and younger will warm up from 10:45 to 10:55 a.m. The meet will begin at 11 a.m.

The awards ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Awards are given for the top six swimmers in each race. The city will award gold, silver and bronze medals to the first three finishers and ribbons for swimmers who take fourth through sixth place. 

A snack bar and taco truck will be available on Saturday and Sunday; admission for spectators is free.

There were several big winners at last year’s championships. Zachary Dortch won all six competitions (100-yard individual medley, 50-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle, 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle) in the boys’ nine- to 10-year-old divisions. Sydney Thompson also won all six competitions she competed in in the girls’ 11- to 12-year-old division. Selma Malkic won four events (100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley) in the girls’ 15- to 18-year-old division.