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Arbor Heights’ Josephine Southwell,8, (left) and Anna Clark, 8, (right) attempt to throw their coach Janna Hagensick into the pool after the Southern Division Championship Meet at Gregory Seahurst Pool in Burien, Thursday August 1, 2013.

Swim teams tune up for All-City meet

By Tim Clinton

Gators, Sharks and Maddogs were among those gathered at the Gregory Seahurst pool in Burien for the annual Southern Division swimming meet Thursday, Aug. 1.

The meet held at the Gregory Seahurst Gators' home facility gave athletes one final tuneup -- and one final chance to qualify -- for Tuesday's Seattle Summer Swim League All-City Meet.

Swimmers and divers will be taking aim at individual and relay wins -- and SSSL records -- at the All-City action for ages 6-18 from teams all the way from Federal Way to North Seattle.

The All-City competition will take place at the Sand Point Country Club in North Seattle this year, with the gates opening at 12:30 p.m. for swimmers, coaches and onlookers alike for a meet that will get underway at 4 p.m.

Sand Point is located at 8333 55th Ave. N.E.

Warm ups will be all that is featured before 4 p.m.

The Normandy Park Sharks will be joined by Gregory Seahurst of Burien and Arbor Heights of West Seattle and White Center in the 2-2:20 p.m. session as the Olympic View Maddogs of Normandy Park await the 2:20-2:40 time slot.

All four teams were at the Southern Division meet Thursday along with Marine Hills and Twin Lakes of Federal Way plus Lakeridge of Renton and the Kent Swim Club.

The SSSL season runs from June through early August of each year and takes place at private outdoor pools to take advantage of the sun and steamy temperatures.
The South Seattle Summer Dive League is also offered by the four area teams -- Normandy Park, Olympic View, Gregory Seahurst and Arbor Heights.

Arbor Heights will host this year's SSDL meet starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 with warm ups at 8 a.m.
Contact your area pool for more information on the swimming and diving programs.

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