Thursday, July 17, 2014
Nearly 1,100 Lowcountry swimmers are headed to Crowfield Golf and Country Club in Goose Creek this weekend for the 2014 Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association Championship (CCAA) City Meet.
The City Meet, first held in 1968, is the summer’s premier youth swimming event featuring the top competition from each age division and event in one pool. Swimmers compete through an eight-meet summer schedule to build a resume worthy of the City Meet Championships.
Perennial powers Snee Farm, Coosaw Creek and Daniel Island are all eyeing a run at the championship title. Coosaw enters as the three-time defending City Meet champion, while Snee Farm boasts a streak of 22 consecutive City Meet championships prior to Coosaw’s recent reign. Coosaw and Snee Farm have finished in the top two for six straight seasons. Daniel Island has taken third every season since 2009, fourth in 2008.
“It feels like it’s been a long time since we’ve won it,” Snee Farm coach Jason Kreutner said. “It’s hard to believe our seniors were in middle school last time we won. Coosaw has a good thing going on right now. We’re hoping to catch them.”
Snee Farm (8-0) finished the dual-meet season undefeated, including a 286-250 win over Coosaw June 6 in North Charleston. Coosaw (7-1) closed the season on a six-meet win streak that included a 288-249 home win over Daniel Island (5-3).
“The dual-meet season isn’t always indicative of where teams match up at City Meet,” Kreutner said. “We were lucky to beat Coosaw this year. We had a nice summer but we had some teams push us. Our competitors are amazing and getting better all the time. City Meet is different. We’re in chasing mode.”
Last season, Coosaw erased a 20.5-point deficit with a late day-three push to edge Snee Farm by 21.5 points at City Meet. Daniel Island took third by 550 points. Snee Farm is the only team to defeat Coosaw in championship or dual meets since 2007.
The year’s City Meet will be the first in 17 years not held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Charleston. Goose Creek adopted the event while the area typically used for parking at the JCC continues to undergo construction and renovation. CCAA president Chris Accetta expects the move to be a smooth transition as Crowfield is adequately sized for the large crowds and Statford High School is available for parking.
“An active construction site and 10-year-old barefoot boys don’t mix well,” Accetta said. “Goose Creek was very gracious to host the event. The logistics for the meet and the space around the pool were right. Our board and volunteers have put a lot of effort and planning into this. We’re expecting another great year.”
Fans can tune in live for the first time this season as City Meet will be streamed at www.counton2.com or on mobile devices with the WCBD app.
Nearly 60 volunteers help run the three-day event, as well as the Stratford swim team who will work the concession stands. Similar to prior years, CCAA will disburse scholarship money to each of its 65 high school senior swimmers headed to college next year, as well as awarding the Carolyn Y. Keller Memorial Scholarship for academics.
“City Meet is a vital part of youth athletics in the Lowcountry,” Accetta said. “The kids are staying busy, active and healthy and most importantly building lifelong memories that they’ll never forget.”
City Meet will run on a new schedule this year, separating age divisions. The 11-12 year-olds will start at 5:40 p.m. Friday. The 7-8 and 9-10 year-olds will swim Saturday beginning at 9:40 a.m. while the 13-14 and 15-18 year-olds take the pool Sunday beginning at 3:40 p.m.