Summer Sanders Swim Meet turns 20 this week
California Capital Aquatics (CCA) is diving into the final preparations for the 20th annual Summer Sanders Swim Meet that will take place at the Roseville Aquatics Complex (RAC) Thursday through Sunday.
Placer Valley Tourism has again joined with CCA to bring this exciting swimming competition to Placer Valley. Nearly 60 swim teams will be represented from throughout the West Coast featuring 800 youth swimmers competing each day of the meet.
"The concept for this meet from Summer Sanders and her family when it was first introduced back in 1997 was to give something back to her club team, CCA, as well as to the community of Roseville," said Alex Ongaco, CCA Meet Director. "From its humble beginnings, it is now the signature meet of Sierra Nevada Swimming (SNS), attracting high caliber swimmers from all over California and even many swimmers outside of the state, across the Western Zone."
Sanders is equally excited about her namesake meet reaching this amazing milestone.
"This wonderful meet has grown into something well beyond my wildest imagination, all because of the incredible dedication and hard work of CCA, my club swim team, especially Denna Culpepper (SNS Executive Director)," Sanders said. "I cannot believe we are celebrating 20 years and I am truly honored these three days of fierce competition bear my name; thank you parents, coaches, CCA, and of course, all the swimmers for always showing up and swimming your hearts out."
In keeping with constantly striving to promote a meet with high caliber competition Ongaco explained this will be the first year the Summer Sanders Meet will be designated a Senior-plus meet with faster qualifying time standards. In previous years the Summer Sanders Meet was designated a Junior-plus meet.
Athletes check in Thursday afternoon and the competition will heat up Friday through Sunday with races starting at 8:30 a.m. each day.
Swim fans are encouraged to come to the RAC, located at 3051 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd. in Roseville and watch top swimmers race to set new records.
Placer Valley Tourism is made up of 23 hotels serving Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln. The organization recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services. For more information call (916) 773-5400 or visit www.playplacer.com.