Swimmers rule the pool

Thursday, August 2, 2001 at 1:00am

Metro Parks held their final citywide swim meet Tuesday, and Whites Creek, with a split team, took first and second place while Richland and East finished third.

More than 100 swimmers took over the Tracy Caulkins pool at the Centennial Sportsplex, competing for one last time before heading back to school in a few weeks.

Whites Creek coach and Metro Parks employee Lisa Hearn said one of the great things about this league is that it offers children the opportunity to swim in the summer free of charge.

"The kids have an opportunity to swim and have an opportunity to have competition," Hearn said. "It teaches them sportsmanship and leadership abilities. They're open to be taught all kinds of things; it just depends on what you want to take the time to teach them. And the other thing is, they get to spend time doing things they love."

Hearn said since this league is available to everyone, a lot of children avoid getting into trouble because they are spending their time in a constructive manner.

"A lot of these kids

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