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Sports Briefs | Swimmers clock 34 miles in Swim-a-Thon; Kids’ Night Out Friday, Saturday

Island children of all ages can get in some serious swim time — as well as play court games and enjoy refreshments — at San Juan Island Fitness’ Kids Night Out.  - Contributed photo
Island children of all ages can get in some serious swim time — as well as play court games and enjoy refreshments — at San Juan Island Fitness’ Kids Night Out.
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Swimmers clock 34 miles in Swim-a-Thon
On Jan. 11, San Juan Island Fitness hosted a swim-a-thon as a fund raiser for the Swim Team.

Thirty-one swimmers ranging in ages from 8 to 60 swam a combined 60,200 yards (34.4 miles) and raised nearly $2,500.

One group of five, including head coach Brenda Becket and swim team member Mindy Brandli, swam 5,000 yards individually.

“It was fun,” said Beckett, who is in her second year as head coach.

The entire team includes 32 elementary and middle school students. They are divided into two groups: Orcas, the more experienced swimmers; and Dolphins, those a little newer to swimming competitively. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 3:15 p.m. Islanders can attend the practices and watch.

Funds raised will be used to help with an off-island swim meet, dive clinic and other miscellaneous expenses. For more information about the San Juan Island Fitness Swim Team, visit www.sanjuanislandfitness.com or call 378-4449.

Kids’ Night Out Friday, Saturday
San Juan Island Fitness, in cooperation with the local PTAs, offers another “Kids Night Out.” Cost is $7.

Friday, 9-11 p.m., high school-age students will enjoy court games, hot tub, racquetball clinic, refreshments and swimming.

Saturday, 5-7 p.m., children in grades 2-5 will enjoy court games, swimming, barbecued turkey dogs and PB&J on whole wheat, along with juice.

Saturday, 7:15-9:15 p.m., middle school students will enjoy court games, a racquetball clinic, refreshments and swimming.

All swims are supervised by a certified lifeguard. Remember to bring your tennis shoes and a towel.

A portion of the proceeds go to the respective school PTAs. For more information, call 378-4449 or visit www.sanjuanislandfitness.com.

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