Madras Swim Team hosting Summer Kickoff June 2-3

Just under 200 kids to compete

by: Photo By Joe McHaney/The Pioneer - The Madras Swim Team will host the Summer Kickoff June 2-3 at the Madras Aquatic Center.

The Summer swim season for the Madras Swim Team will begin this weekend at the Madras Aquatic Center.
   The annual Summer Kickoff club swim meet will take place June 2-3 at the MAC, starting at 10 a.m. each day.
   "Whenever we host a meet it's always nice," MST head coach Bobby DeRoest said. "Teams that come are always impressed with our facility and it should be a lot of fun."
   Eight teams will compete this weekend with approximately 175 swimmers in the water competing.
   "We have an experienced group of volunteers that do a wonderful job of putting on this meet," DeRoest said. "The parents do such a good job, I can sit back and coach and make sure the kids are where they need to be."
   The Madras Swim Team is a local swim club that draws 50-80 members annually. The long season begins this month and ends in August. The short season consists of events in the winter months.
   "Our numbers are a bit down with Little League, soccer and everything else going on," DeRoest said.
   Last year the Madras Swim Team placed second overall, behind the Bend Swim Club, which normally takes the top spot.
   "Bend has much more swimmers in the water and generally wins the event," DeRoest said. "Our kids are ready and we're excited to get the long season going."