The Longview Metro Aquatics swim team will host its second meet of the summer season on Saturday at the Longview High School Aquatic Center.
The three-team affair consists of the recently merged LMA Leviathans along with competing teams from Mount Pleasant Splash and the Marshall Marlins.
Swimmers begin warming up at 8 a.m. and competition is set to start at 9:30 a.m. This marks week four of a nine-week season for the East Texas Summer Swim League.
Remaining league members include the Tyler Titans, Tyler Rose Aquatic Club, the Palestine Piranhas, Lufkin Ambush and Nacogdoches’ Doches Dolphins. Competing age divisions for both boys and girls include 18+, 15+, 13-14, 11-12, 9-10, 7-8 and 6-and-under.
A total of 38 events are scheduled. Action starts with the 100 Medley Relay, followed by the 100 IM, Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, Butterfly and Breaststroke before closing with the 100 and 200 Freestyle Relays.
Each meet is scored during the summer season and an overall winner is declared at the end. LMA also hosted a meet last week with Marshall and Palestine participating.
“We performed really well last week and I expect us to do the same Saturday. We’re working hard and getting better,” said first-year Leviathan head coach Jennifer “Bug” Lipp.
Among those swimmers to pay close attention include New Diana’s Kaden Sims. The sophomore Sims knocked four seconds off his time in the 100 Freestyle last week.
“He’s one of my swimmers I’m most encouraged by,” Lipp said. “When I got here his freestyle technique was a mess. I told him we had to slow him down and fix his stroke. I didn’t expect him to get fast until February. He’s fixed his technique and is well ahead of schedule.”
Sims will compete in the 15+ boys division and should be a favorite in the 100 Freestyle. His time last week of 54.26 ranks him as one of the tops in his division.
Hallsville freshman Ubaldo Ayala is one that could cruise in the boys 13-14-year-old 50 Freestyle. Lipp says the young Ayala is so far ahead of the game that his time might very well eclipse the 15+ division.
Katie Fortier is a dynamo that competes in multiple races and expects to do well in all events. The home school student is entered in the 50 Butterfly, 100 IM, 100 Freestyle and 50 Freestyle.
Both LMA’s 11-12-year-old boys and girls 200 Medley Relays could make some noise. The boys team is comprised of Hallsville’s Emiliano Ayala (breaststoke), Sean Lipp (butterfly), Mark Scott (freestyle) and Gilmer’s Seth Ball (backstroke). Composing the girls is Longview’s Riley Gonzalez (freestyle), Michaela Lipp (butterfly), Charlotte Stark (backstroke) and Gilmer’s Ellie Dunaway (breaststroke).
Admission to the meet is free.